From luxury to grocery, the retail war continues. While some would say we’re witnessing a retail apocalypse, others contend it’s really the death of the boring middle. (HT Steve Dennis) With a vision to innovate and extend its leadership in this competitive environment, the DevOps consulting team at Flux7 was approached by our newest customer, a top 50 global retailer. Today’s blog is the story of how Flux7 DevOps consultants teamed with the retailer to create a platform for scalable innovation.
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The Hertz digital experience project presents an opportunity to examine continuous improvement and innovation. For those who may have missed the story, a brief background: Hertz hired Accenture to help it create a “world-class digital experience”, most notably to “redefine the customer experience on Hertz’s digital platforms” with a redesigned website and “complementary suite of mobile applications.” Hertz paid more than $32 million, which it is suing to recover.
We recently shared with you the results of our customer survey in which we asked our customer base what motivated them to DevOps adoption. What we found was that in more than half the cases, business put pressure on IT to evolve and address a specific business challenge. Those challenges varied from customer-driven pressures to deadlines like an upcoming data center lease expiring.
We recently had the opportunity to work with a popular quick serve restaurant (QSR) who reached out asking if Flux7 could help speed its developer outcomes for faster time to market. For this global enterprise, the goal manifested itself in a project where Flux7 helped the QSR create one-click automated installations of various products, including Amazon Redshift, through AWS Service Catalog which helped make development more efficient and productive-- through automation that minimized process overhead. Today we’d like to share the story of this AWS case study project.
In few industries is innovation more important than in the rapidly changing, highly competitive retail market. Tasked with servicing the organization’s eCommerce site and in-store systems, today’s AWS case study is about a well-known household name retailer who approached the DevOps team at Flux7 about enabling their in-house development team to stay nimble and one step ahead of the competition.
I recently read an article asking, “will IoT save retail”? Indeed, there are several ways IoT can help address issues that keep many retailers up at night. From RFID to help with supply chain cost efficiencies to Beacons that serve to increase marketing and sales outcomes, IoT initiatives are being heavily invested in across retail segments. Moreover, IoT is just one example of an area where digital transformation can help retailers become more competitive and better match their products and services to evolving customer expectations.
At Flux7, we get the opportunity to work with organizations across many industries and with a variety of challenges. As a result, we often get asked how other companies approach and solve different challenges. One challenge we are frequently asked about is website performance, security and elasticity, especially as it relates to eCommerce. As such, we’re happy to share with you today the story of a customer who was looking to balance these goals and how with the help of Flux7 consultants they were able to do so.
There are many reasons an organization might choose Amazon Aurora over the Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). Superior performance, greater scalability, and the ability to restart without losing cache are just a few. However, for those organizations who are already running an important application or Website on top of the RDS managed service, it can be a challenge to migrate from it to Aurora, despite the latter’s obvious benefits. After all, you can’t just take down a service that customers expect access to 24x7.
At the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas last week, we had the opportunity to present a Flux7-powered case study of a successful containerized migration to AWS. As part of the session, “Getting Technically Inspired by Container Powered Migrations”, Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman, shared Flux 7’s recent work with Rent-A-Center to perform a Hybris migration from their datacenter to AWS.
This year’s re:Invent is bound to be bigger and better than ever. With over 400 sessions designed to tackle topics as varied as how the cloud impacts your business, deep dives into specific areas like IoT, and new perspectives on cloud issues, there will certainly be a lot to learn.
We’d like to encourage you to attend the re:Invent session that Hemanth Jayaraman, Sr. Director, DevOps at Rent-A-Center will present with our very own Flux7 CEO, Aater Suleman. In this session they’ll be sharing how to deploy scalable SAP Hybris Clusters using Docker.
We are excited to see that today our customer, Rent-A-Center, has been featured on the AWS Blog. Rent-A-Center was interested in quickly introducing a new ecommerce platform that was secure, PCI compliant, and highly scalable to ensure it would cater to online web based demand.
According to Innovative Retail Technologies, 52% of surveyed retailers plan to actively move applications to the cloud this year. The initially tepid response to cloud is waning as retailers learn more about its strengths for availability and innovation. Yet, one question our AWS consultants frequently field from retailers is about achieving AWS PCI Compliance in the cloud. As most readers of this blog know, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, otherwise known as PCI DSS, is an information security standard requiring organizations to incorporate controls around customer data to prevent credit card fraud. There are several ways that AWS helps its retail clients build a foundation for PCI compliance and they’ve recently announced one more in the form of a Quick Start.
Flux 7 Helps HomeAway Save Christmas in the Nick of Time
As the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, HomeAway aims to help families and friends find the perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together.
And while many families like to get away for the holidays, two-thirds of kids worry that Santa won’t find them if they aren’t home on Christmas. As a result, this past holiday season HomeAway launched a marketing campaign to proactively address the issue.
Part 2: How to Make AWS Config Work for You
One of the biggest fears that CIOs of the digital age have is not only server crashes, but the inability to recover the system to its last-known state. This is particularly painful in compliance-heavy industries that are subject to external audits to make sure everything is being performed to industry standards and within federal compliance. AWS Config is a service which picks out a detailed account of what happens with your AWS configuration while giving you the critical ability to go back in time and verify or check the state your AWS resources were at a given point of time.
This is the story of rapid deployment of an ecommerce store using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Bitnami. Our Flux7 AWS Migration consultants installed Magento and hosted it on AWS.
This week, we’re starting a new project with a client who is laser-focused on improving the performance of its website. This ecommerce company knows its customers won’t stand for slow load times. And, a poor-performing site can damage its search rankings, risks it doesn’t want to take.
Small and large businesses alike are increasingly migrating their mission-critical business functions to the cloud. They are increasingly linking their success and business agility with their ability to maintain high-performance websites and services.
While cloud service providers strive to maintain 99.9% uptime rates, risk still exists. They are in regard to service providers and related to how a business’ cloud infrastructure is architected and maintained.
It’s making both business and trade headlines. You are reading all about it every day. What is it? The constant and steadily increasing buzz from organizations of all sizes about the business advantages and possibilities of adopting a cloud infrastructure.
No doubt, the cloud is increasingly seen, not just as a way to cut the costs of hardware, but as a way to drive business growth.
However, there’s still an element of fear, uncertainty and doubt about migrating a business’ infrastructure to the cloud. It tends to haunt business leaders and IT alike.
Against the backdrop of repeated and well-publicized data and privacy breaches, businesses are continuing to evaluate cloud benefits against cloud computing disadvantages. The tradeoffs are difficult: streamlined, cost effective infrastructure vs. loss of control.
But cloud infrastructure is not sorcery or black magic. While you can expect a whole new level of automation features out of the cloud, expecting the cloud to automatically fix issues for you is unreasonable.
The cloud has come a long way over the past few decades. What was once a dream is now achievable for most businesses.