As a DevOps consulting group, we are increasingly asked about achieving DevOps at scale. Indeed, we recently published a blog series on the topic, outlining a seven step process for achieving enterprise DevOps. You can check that out here. Today we’d like to share the story of how a global manufacturer of heavy duty machinery adopted a DevOps onboarding model with the assistance of the Flux7 Enterprise DevOps Framework in the process establishing a scalable, secure infrastructure for its digital business platforms.
Specifically, the company saw the opportunity to extend IT beyond its headquarters to have a positive impact on every customer by embedding IT solutions into the products it sells. Reaching beyond the bounds of traditional IT, the firm knew it needed to create a platform business model in which it could turn internal consumers into providers with building blocks that facilitate creation. By providing access to these digital platforms, the organization is able to extend the traditional definition of IT to meet the demands of internal and external customers alike and in the process move its systems of innovation onto the cloud.
The company reached out AWS premier consulting partners, Flux7, to help it embark on a digital transformation that would eventually work its way through the company’s various departments -- from enterprise architecture to application development and security -- and business units, such as embedded systems and credit services.
With the initial project focused on a limited Amazon cloud migration, the outcome has been a complete agile adoption of Flux7’s Enterprise DevOps Framework for greater security, cost efficiencies and reliability. Enabled by solutions that connect its equipment and customer communities, the digital transformation effectively supports the company’s ultimate goal to create an unrivaled experience for its customers and partners.
Flux7 and this manufacturer have partnered on many projects representing milestones on a larger path toward the adoption of an Enterprise DevOps Framework (EDF) in which the client organization applies automation to grow its agility, security and most importantly a customer experience that can’t be beat.
Significant milestones include:
- A data lake to support in-field IoT applications. This first project involved the migration of the company’s MongoDB into an AWS Data Lake in order to support greater scalability demand from applications it was developing to collect and process data from the field. The project also replicated the entire structure in Europe while ensuring the solution complied with EU data privacy laws.
- Adoption of elastic high performance computing (HPC) that facilitates the company’s scientific simulations for various aspects of designing new machinery. These HPC simulations were hosted in the company’s traditional data center, yet required scalability to meet dynamic demand which required planning and a great deal of capital expense. Moving its HPC simulations to the cloud meant that it could greatly reduce this resource overhead while directly addressing the need for scalable, dynamic demand.
- Serverless monitoring and notification with a goal to use advanced automation to alert operations and information security teams of any known issues surfacing in the account, or violations of the corporate security standard.
- Applied advanced automation to simplify the maintenance of instances and improve security and compliance in the process. AWS Systems Manager (SSM) was used, employing AWS SSM’s encrypted parameter store to handle secrets.
- Automation of the Amazon VPC process for faster onboarding, taking Amazon VPC provisioning from many days to a single click.
As a mechanism for furthering DevOps adoption within the organization, using the EDF, new teams can be onboarded to an AWS DevOps model and workflow, quickly adopting best practices in the process. In addition, as new technologies come to market (which they frequently do) the firm is able to use the EDF as a way to easily adopt them and maintain a system that provides business advantage.
For an in-depth review of this Fortune manufacturer’s agile adoption of the EDF, using it as a tool to grow DevOps best practices throughout the enterprise, please read the full case study here.
As a DevOps adoption model, the EDF has helped the company excel at onboarding new teams, spreading the business benefits of constant innovation and greater agility that continue to translate into unparalleled customer experiences.