Transocéanica’s development team had created the logic for the new application architecture using Java and node.js but did not have the necessary IT infrastructure required to scale and meet the expected demands of 30,000 import/export container movements and 1,500 daily agency transactions. Also, no budget for additional server infrastructure and Oracle licensing had been approved in the IT budget putting the scheduled deadline in jeopardy.
Transocéanica’s CIO turned to SoftwareONE for an evaluation of cost-effective alternatives. SoftwareONE proposed a three-phase optimized cloud strategy (Assess > Mobilize > Modernize) that migrated the new platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS). A detailed application and architecture assessment determined the AWS infrastructure requirements and a migration readiness assessment helped Transocéanica understand their readiness to operate in public cloud for the first time. A detailed business case analysis estimated cost savings of almost ninety-nine percent over three years when compared to the legacy onpremises hosting option.
SoftwareONE proposed a cloud architecture using cost-effective serverless components and a database modernization strategy which involved migrating the Oracle database to PostgreSQL and using Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service). Using Amazon RDS not only reduced ongoing database management overhead costs but converting to open-source PostgreSQL removed the costly Oracle licensing expense. The new platform is cost-effective and easily able to cope with peaks in demand and is highly available and fault tolerant with automated backups. With the serverless architecture in place, requests are made through API calls which has allowed tracking metrics to be created that identifies which warehouse originates a request and how many Lambda functions are called. Tracking metrics have improved cost visibility and enabled internal cost chargebacks to be efficiently processed at month end.
To meet the aggressive deadline and assure project success, SoftwareONE held over 80 hours of technical enablement workshops for Transocéanica’s Operations and Application Development teams. SoftwareONE supported the development team in converting their database from Oracle to PostgreSQL and through the adoption of new cloud-native AWS services including AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway and Simple Email Services (SES) which provided the basis of new application features such as customer notifications. Beyond delivery and implementation, the sessions covered architectural best practices and detailed how to re-use portions of the existing backend authentication code to be deployed in AWS. With this new knowledge Transocéanica’s development team can innovate more quickly and deploy new services and features.