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Commerce Architects regularly meet with the internal Oracle teams so that we can continue to deliver on projects using the recommended best practices.
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Cloud Native Engineering
Our Cloud Native Engineering practice helps develop net new applications, business solutions, or infrastructure using Cloud focused patterns and best practices. This allows for a greenfield implementation in a cloud environment and can provide significant time to market benefits through leveraging managed cloud services.
Our architects are highly skilled at understanding a client’s business requirements and translating them into a well-architected, cost-effective, resilient, secure, and performant cloud architecture. We excel at understanding the lifecycle and execution requirements of the business and defining the most effective technologies to bring to bear to support the various workloads for the solution. Solution design is always reviewed and expanded in an iterative manner with clients to ensure that we achieve the optimal solution as well as uncover unknown requirements that may have been missed in the initial discussions.
We implement cloud best practices such as the AWS Well Architected Framework, OWASP Top 10 and Infrastructure as Code as core parts of our development process. This ensures that what we deliver is a robust solution that can be maintained, extended, and relied upon going forward. We understand the value that cloud development brings from a time to market standpoint and as such we work in an iterative manner and look to quickly identify mismatches between our design and requirements, and adapt via agile processes.
Our expertise spans across multiple cloud providers so that we can support the client’s chosen environment, or can provide recommendations in a heterogenous cloud structure if that is desired. As an AWS Partner we are well-versed in Amazon Web Services offerings and can access resources within Amazon as needed to validate solutions. We also have exceptional operational partners that we can engage for on-going support and monitoring of cloud environments.
Our Cloud Transformation services are focused around helping customers migrate existing solutions to cloud environments. This involves breaking down an existing systems into logical components and determining the most effective way to customize, adjust, or extend them to be deployed in a cloud environment. This is different from a Lift and Shift model in that we most often work on an existing custom software solutions that can be modified to work most efficiently in the cloud.
Our architects work with clients to decompose the existing system and understand the functional areas of the application or overall solution. They then work with the client to discuss needs around resilience, scaling, and other factors that will affect the design of the cloud solution. This is also the point at which we work to identify limitations of the current solution that might be solved or improved with the additional capabilities that are available in an elastic cloud environment.
We then provide a design of the proposed new, transformed application and a list of areas that have been identified for customization or modification in order to take advantage of cloud technologies. We work with the client to ensure that we are focusing on the most important drivers for the business, be it time to market, improved performance and scaling, or another business-critical factor. Our ability to work across multiple cloud providers also makes us uniquely suited to help clients migrate solutions between cloud providers, as needed. As with all of our other development service, we prefer to work in an agile methodology to ensure the fastest possible delivery. This also allows us to adjust to changes in a fluid and dynamic manner.
Microservices Architecture Development
Many companies are looking to adapt their technology environments to a services-focused architecture. The term “microservices” covers a number of different approaches to this problem. In some cases the need is to create a migration path off a monolithic application using an approach such as a Strangler Pattern. Other clients may have existing solutions that they want to extend in a way that provides less software coupling, more flexibility, and faster changes in the future. In other cases a client may have a brand new initiative or disrupter in their market that they want to take advantage of quickly in order to capitalize on the market opportunity.
The development of a services-based architecture with strong segmentation of responsibility and isolation in the applications has significant benefits. This approach can provide companies with the ability to make iterative changes without impacting other services, providing the company with the flexibility and speed to effectively compete in their market space. Our teams are well-versed in developing this kind of architecture, helping clients find the appropriate segmentation boundaries, and identifying and establishing common patterns for the implementation of services.
With excellent depth of experience in Java Spring Boot, we can help clients quickly and effectively implement or extend a services architecture. Our teams understand REST-based services, their implications, and how to consider trade offs such as choosing the appropriate Richardson Maturity Model level for the requirements of the business. We are well-versed in common patterns for service implementation such as API security, gateway routing approaches, GraphQL, and other implementation details associated with services architectures. We would be happy to discuss your specific business needs around services, how we can support those needs, and how our experience may help proactively head off road blocks or issues as you progress through your implementation.
Environment and Lifecycle Assessments
Every company that starts working with a cloud vendor arrives there in a different way. Some companies have expertise going into the work, and some work their way through it because the value is too high to not take advantage of. Independent of what the status of your cloud environment is, having our team perform an assessment can provide you with confirmation of the strengths of your practices and also with areas for improvement. Our Environment and Lifecycle assessment gives you independent third-party insights into how you are using your cloud provider, as well as assesses some of the workload profiles for cloud-deployed applications. We will review the cloud environment for both industry best practices and our own internal recommendations and practices that we have found to be consistently beneficial across a number of businesses.
Environment assessments focus on a number of areas such as Reliability, Scalability and Performance, Operational Complexity, Security, and Cost Optimization. As part of the assessment process we work with clients to ensure that we understand what their primary drivers and concerns are. For example, if cost optimization is not as important as speed to market we will focus recommendations on streamlining delivery and simplifying operational complexity.
The other aspect of a cloud environment that we focus on is a review of the applications that are deployed and the lifecycle of the workloads. For example, if we find that a fully stateless high traffic API is deployed on a PaaS solution we may look at what impact to cost, performance, and complexity there would be if this was moved to a serverless implementation. By reviewing applications and evaluating workload lifecycles we often uncover possible efficiencies or improvements that clients had not considered.
When the assessment is complete, we provide our clients with a written summary of the data that we gathered, recommendations, and items to consider. Where possible we also try and provide guidance around the technical complexity and the potential impact to the business for each of our recommendations. This allows for easier prioritization of work that may come out of the assessment.