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Streamlining Onboarding, Reducing Cost and Boosting Agility with AWS

Cloud migration has revolutionized our client's operational capabilities, enabling rapid scaling and enhanced financial transparency, propelling them towards greater success in the competitive financial sector.


This cloud migration project for a financial services client utilizing AWS technologies provided faster onboarding, enhanced scalability, and improved cost management, transforming their infrastructure management and significantly boosting their business agility and operational efficiency.

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There’s no doubt that we’re deep into the cloud era. In this story, I will try to summarize what problems are Clients addressing and what kind of value are they getting from using Cloud technologies. Of course, if you are an enterprise Client and have complex environments, your journey to the Cloud will not be simple and it requires a lot of planning, experimenting, and a skillful team of experts. Our client relied on a traditional on-premises infrastructure, hindering their ability to scale and meet growing business demands. Onboarding new financial institutions was a time-consuming and resource-intensive process, involving manual setup of hardware, software, network security, databases, and access controls. This not only slowed down their time-to-market but also made it difficult to cater to specific client needs without impacting existing deployments. Additionally, the on-premises model lacked transparency in infrastructure costs, making it challenging to predict resource usage and set clear pricing structures for new clients.

The on-premises infrastructure created a bottleneck for our client’s growth. Adding new financial institutions required a lengthy onboarding process that could take days or even weeks. This delay hampered their ability to capture new business opportunities. Furthermore, the inflexibility of the on-premises model limited scalability and customization. Each new client necessitated a dedicated infrastructure setup, making it difficult to personalize solutions or add features without affecting existing deployments. Finally, the lack of transparency in infrastructure costs made it challenging to optimize expenses and set clear pricing models for new clients.

To address these challenges, we recommended a strategic cloud migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). This move empowered our client to achieve significant improvements in several key areas.

  • Faster Onboarding:
    By leveraging Infrastructure as Code (IaC) principles with Terraform scripting, we automated the provisioning of new AWS environments. This streamlined process significantly reduced onboarding times, allowing them to bring on new clients in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
  • Enhanced  Scalability and Customization:
    The elastic nature of AWS allows us to provision dedicated environments with the necessary resources for each client. This flexibility enables us to customize solutions on the fly without impacting other deployments, catering to individual client needs with greater ease.
  • Improved Cost Control and Transparency:
    AWS offers granular cost monitoring and allocation tools. We implemented these tools to provide our client with detailed insights into their infrastructure spending per client. This newfound transparency empowered them to optimize costs and develop clear pricing models for new clients.
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We utilized a comprehensive suite of AWS services to optimize our client’s cloud environment:

Terraform Scripting: Terraform automated the provisioning of secure and scalable AWS environments, including Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) with dedicated access zones, network security with Access Control Lists (ACLs) and security groups, identity and access management policies, and high availability across different zones.

AWS Services:

  • Storage:
    S3 buckets provided secure and scalable object storage for various data needs.
  • Containerization:
    Elastic Container Services (ECS) facilitated the deployment and management of containerized applications.
  • Database Management:
    Aurora (serverless PostgreSQL) offered a cost-effective and highly available database solution.
  • Monitoring & Alerting:
    We leveraged CloudWatch for comprehensive monitoring of resources and applications, allowing for proactive issue identification and resolution. Additionally, CloudTrail provided detailed audit logs for enhanced security and compliance.
  • Serverless Architecture:
    Lambda functions were utilized to build serverless applications, eliminating the need for server management and scaling infrastructure.
  • DevOps Practices:
    We integrated Azure DevOps CI/CD pipelines to automate the build, test, and deployment process, streamlining development and ensuring consistency.

By migrating to AWS, our client achieved significant improvements:

  • Increased Time-to-Market:
    Faster onboarding translates to quicker client acquisition, allowing them to capture new business opportunities more efficiently.
  • Improved Customer Satisfaction:
    Scalability and customization empower them to provide tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of each client, leading to higher satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Reduced Operational Expenses (OPEX):
    Eliminating the need for on-premises infrastructure management leads to significant cost savings. Additionally, the pay-as-you-go model of AWS allows for cost optimization based on actual usage.
  • Enhanced Cost Control & Transparency:
    Granular cost insights facilitate better cost management and enable the development of clear pricing models for new clients.
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