Impact story Automotive

Designing a DevOps Cloud Architecture

Reducing operating costs and time to market while improving performance.

01

Platforms

  • Azure, Akamai, Jenkins, Octopus
  • Sitecore DXP & ContentHub
  • Okta
  • Salesforce
  • Mulesoft Anypoint

02

Tasks

  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Cloud Consulting
  • Application Portfolio Assessment & Rationalization
  • API Design
  • Platform Decision Analysis

03

Deliverables

  • Future State Enterprise Architecture
  • API Microservice Portfolio Design
  • Delivery Roadmap
  • Business Justification

Impact summary

Simplifying processes to improve performance

To help an automotive company adapt to new customer needs, we came up with a simple and effective method to redesign their digital architecture and ensure frequent and incremental value was being delivered through implementation. The priority was to design a digital platform architecture that enabled our client’s interlinked customer platforms with centralized data and intelligence, as well as DevOps tooling with automated application and Microsoft Azure Cloud infrastructure delivery. As we continue to build together, we’ve been able to drastically reduce time to market by simplifying the release process, and lower operating costs while improving performance with an auto-scaling strategy.

The challenge

Gearing up for performance and agility

An automotive client approached us looking to update their digital architecture in order to keep up with changing customer and business needs. From a technical standpoint, their traditional monolithic Microsoft AP.NET applications had become dated, creating complexity and constraints within their proprietary content management tools and customer-facing systems. The business itself was experiencing an inability to react fast enough to desired and expected capabilities, and they were incurring high costs with each new change.

Our Approach

Taking a look under the hood

With their business and technical needs top of mind, we conducted a Current State Architecture assessment, including an application rationalization exercise, and provided aligned solutions with Future State Architecture recommendations. To help simplify the process, we built an Incremental Modernization Roadmap to show how we were going to prioritize our modernization efforts based on business needs so that value could be quickly and continuously realized.

As a solution to increase reusability and reduce cost, we designed a Centralized Source-of-Truth (SOT) API ecosystem that leveraged MuleSoft AnyPoint for API Management with Hybrid Integration Servers. Here, content, data, and assets were able to be mapped to reduce content entry time. Content was centralized in Sitecore DXP and Sitecore Content Hub, while existing web-specific data stores were consolidated and mapped to existing and new SOT databases. Authentication and user management was offloaded to Okta CIAM and we also modernized interface applications with lightweight JavaScript front-end interfaces.

For added value, network security was upgraded with cloud-native capabilities and perimeter protection using Akamai bot manager/DDOS protection/Web Application Firewall alongside Azure’s App Gateway with WAF.

Our Impact

Building full speed ahead

This project became one of the largest growth initiatives in the company as part of their overall Digital Transformation. And the fact that our business case was approved and funded immediately made it clear that the change was needed, but also gives credit to our ability to assess and find value for our clients.

We are currently underway, implementing the Enterprise Architecture along with excited and motivated development teams over a multi-year engagement. Some of the real-time benefits we’ve already experienced include zero downtime with application deployments, with the added benefit of being able to do so at any time instead of waiting for low customer traffic during the night.