COA Networks – Case Study

COA Networks is a IT solutions company, focused on the development of custom applications for companies ranging from the SMB to the Enterprise.  Their business focused solutions aim at providing innovation across various business functions, in order to increase efficiencies and productivity, while reducing total cost of ownership.

COA Networks had a development team which was made up of a numerous temporary resources and independent consultants, that would work in their own AGILE flavored development framework.  There were frequent joiners and leavers on the team, based on expertise needed at specific phases of a project / initiative.  This created numerous challenges from an IT systems provisioning standpoint, not to mention increased burden on IT operations, and the total cost of ownership (TCO), for the development team as a whole.  COA Networks needed to find a way to streamline their IT footprint across their development teams, while centralizing IT operations and related elements…including securing their source code from being “baggage” that went along with the contractors.

API Systems proposed Amazon WorkSpaces as their end to end solution. API conducted a 2 day workshop with the customer that consisted of a Layered Architecture for Desktop and Applications Delivery Assessment.  Applications were inventoried and API found that the majority of the applications were online and SAS based. API Created custom code to migrate users and perform post installation configurations. API’s deployment tool, Conn3ctOps was used to deploy and managed users.

Results were very positive, and addressed the requirements COA had.  They were able to centrally manage the entire IT systems provisioning / access model, along with ensuring the data and code on the systems was contained within a controlled environment.  In addition, their IT operational burden was reduced, by a portal API Systems provided, which automated the creation, deletion, modification of WorkSpaces, along with providing a dashboard for pro-active diagnostics across the environment.  IT Support for the development teams was also reduced, due to the stability and agility of the WorkSpaces platform, as a whole.

API Services Provided : Discovery, Assessment, Design and Engineering, DaaS Feasibility Analysis, Deployment / Implementation, Operational Support

Number of Applications Deployed in Solution : 15 Applications

AWS Technologies Utilized in Solution : AWS WorkSpaces, API Conn3ctOps  |  Lambda, S3, DynamoDB, CloudFormation, Cloud Watch, Cloud Trail, SNS. API WorkSpaces APIs