Case Study: Data Center and DevOps platforms

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Professional services provider company. They had their data center and DevOps platforms as a service.

When you hire them, or whenever you enter into a contract with the company, you will not only buy the resources from them, and they will reserve those instances on AWS, but they will also take care of all the pipelining, DevOps and security. They will take care of everything related to setting up your landing zone and standing up new resources.

When I was brought into the project they were just recently acquired by another company. I was in charge of centralizing all their operations into their new centralized systems.

When I’m talking about systems, I am talking about massive migrations from one AWS region to another. Also, I am referring to everything of their operations (finance, HR) that had to be centralized to the acquiring company. So I was in charge of bringing in all those resources into a centralized place, by using a very strong project management framework.

The way that we did that: We separated all the streams that needed to be worked on (technical finance, HR, sales, marketing), and all the connections that they had for their third party systems.

So the way that we accomplished that was basically by creating data structures that were later imported into our centralized systems. So these guys for example, were using Microsoft Dynamics as their ERP, and we were using Salesforce, so we basically converted all their data instead of creating a connector for that.

We formatted all that data and mapped it into data structures to be able to import that data into Salesforce, that was on the account side of things .

On the technical side of things, would create a series of inventories for the resources, what resources fell on hot storage and cold storage. Obviously, the cold storage would go to Asia immediately before they get migrated and the hot resources will basically start moving those directly through our AWS region. For that, we didn’t we avoided any refactoring, we also had to pause the the we also had to pause the roadmap, releases to parts the right, sent direct communications portion to our clients, letting them know that any new development was going to be passed, and they will until we were able to complete the migration for that. We have to issue a few credits to some of the biggest clients and yeah, it’s basically working on that in those integrations.

My team was, you know, quite large, had a team of around 12 professionals between engineers, account people, marketing and so on, and we were able to bring it all under one roof in about 120 days. So that was a very successful project. That’s the biggest project that I’ve worked on.

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