Embedded Agile Transformation Team

If your goal is to transform your IT organization to achieve tangible business-aligned results without the risk and the learning curve normally associated with such an undertaking, the Embedded Agile Transformation Team was designed for you.

Your team will consist of named engineers led by someone with ALL currently-offered AWS certifications. The skill sets on your team cover ALL of the Transformation Themes that can help you achieve full cloud maturity. Blue Sentry Embedded Agile Teams work alongside your internal team day in and day out to affect knowledge transfer and best practice excellence while rapidly executing your transformation.

Choose to purchase only the amount of a team’s capacity that you need to achieve your objectives. Or use an Embedded Agile Team to create a center of excellence in your organization to seed the skill sets and best practices that ensure success.

Learn More About the Transformation Themes in the Blue Sentry Cloud Maturity Model

Embedded Agile Transformation Team

If your goal is to transform your IT organization to achieve tangible business-aligned results without the risk and the learning curve normally associated with such an undertaking, the Embedded Agile Transformation Team was designed for you.

Your team will consist of named engineers led by someone with ALL currently-offered AWS certifications. The skill sets on your team cover ALL of the Transformation Themes that can help you achieve full cloud maturity. Blue Sentry Embedded Agile Teams work alongside your internal team day in and day out to affect knowledge transfer and best practice excellence while rapidly executing your transformation.

Choose to purchase only the amount of a team’s capacity that you need to achieve your objectives. Or use an Embedded Agile Team to create a center of excellence in your organization to seed the skill sets and best practices that ensure success.

Learn More About the Transformation Themes below:

 

Theme 1 | Plan and Prepare

Theme 1: Plan and Prepare

Cloud adoption should always begin with thoughtful planning and preparation. Your Blue Sentry team will conduct a series of workshops with your organization to align your business objectives with your cloud strategy. Once business objectives are clearly understood, we will work with you to develop a strategy for governance, security and operations as well as a people strategy including training, staffing and the establishment of a center of excellence. Finally, we will look at your workloads and platforms to determine the optimal roadmap to maximize value to your organization.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. A migration business case and value proposition
  2. A reference architecture for your cloud environment
  3. The formation of a center of excellence where appropriate
  4. A comprehensive cloud operating model
  5. A control map for security and compliance
  6. Portfolio discovery and migration plan with road map and timelines
Theme 2 | Migration

Theme 2: Migration

Blue Sentry understands how critical it is that your first cloud migration be an overwhelmingly positive experience for your organization. Building upon the planning and preparation theme, as we deploy your compute environment, we will give careful consideration to your existing performance benchmarks and infrastructure quantities and sizing to provision the appropriate resources in the cloud. We will also review security and compliance requirements, as well as your governance and cost-management strategies. Next, we will write the infrastructure code to deploy your stack according to your reference architecture; we will migrate your workloads and test extensively to refine performance before final cutover.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. Infrastructure stack deployment code templates
  2. Tested deployment of production workloads
  3. Full documentation and knowledge transfer
  4. Complete cutover of identified workloads to established AWS services
  5. Monitoring and support planning workshop

Learn how Blue Sentry helped LogicBay achieve its migration to the AWS Cloud.

Theme 3 | Security Best Practices

Theme 3: Security Best Practices

Security operations in a scalable cloud environment requires a fundamental paradigm shift from a traditional on-premise or collocated model. If you simply migrate your existing security architecture tools and architecture into your cloud environment, you may sacrifice the benefits that drove you to adopt cloud in the first place. To avoid this, Blue Sentry will conduct a thorough assessment of your security posture, with scalability and cost management in mind. We will map all of your required compliance controls to specific measures in the cloud. We will then reduce your security architecture to infrastructure deployment code templates, which your center of excellence can use to ensure compliance across disparate workload owners in your organization.

Once we have ensured that your security architecture will be deployed uniformly and consistently, we will automate continuous compliance review, alerts, and actions to protect against new vulnerabilities that could result from human action in day to day operations. Finally, we will integrate the appropriate operational tools and services from the Amazon partner ecosystem to ensure world-class day-to-day threat prevention, detection, and response.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. Compliance control map
  2. Reference architecture outlining security design
  3. Templated infrastructure deployment code
  4. Automated guardrails for continuous compliance
  5. Monitoring schedules and notifications for guardrails with escalations
  6. Log aggregation strategy and implementation
  7. Installation of operational tools
  8. Integration of appropriate tools from ecosystem partners


Learn how Blue Sentry engineered a secure DevOps environment for Pharmaceutical Dimensions, an inventory management company dealing in very sensitive consumer information.

Theme 4 | HA and Autoscaling

Theme 4: High Availability and Scalability

One of the chief reasons companies adopt cloud infrastructure is the promise of enhanced scalability and availability for their workloads. Many companies fail to achieve this promise due to application architectures that were not designed to operate in a cloud environment. Blue Sentry will examine your code architecture with specific attention to statelessness and service orientation. We will advise you regarding serverless deployment options as well as traditional virtual machine and container deployments.

Where code refactoring or decoupling is necessary to achieve your desired end state, Blue Sentry will provide a technical execution plan for the refactoring of your workloads.. Your transformation team will also consider the scalability of your data operations and execute on the adoption of the appropriate AWS services to ensure scalability, performance, and high availability of your data.

When it comes to high availability and disaster recovery your Blue Sentry Transformation Team assumes that everything eventually fails. We employ the latest in AWS Best Practice to ensure your availability objectives are consistently met. You will have the confidence of having implemented the appropriate scaling and high availability regime, considering your code deployment automation pipelines and other operational processes established during your planning and preparation.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. Reference architecture and associated documentation detailing high availability and scalability design
  2. Fully configured and tested autoscaling and elastic load balancing groups, where appropriate
  3. Stack deployment code templates for scaling and high availability services
  4. Initial golden image AMIs where appropriate
  5. Failover and/or workload scalability testing

Learn how Blue Sentry engineered a scalable cloud platform for FantasyDraft, a fantasy sports website.

Theme 5 | Data Matruity

Theme 5: Data Maturity

For most workloads, databases are the greatest impediment to scalability and cost savings. To achieve these important goals for your organization, scalable cloud services and low cost platforms are preferable to traditional vertically-scaled, proprietary platforms. Blue Sentry will conduct a thorough review of your data tier, separating hot reads, key value stores, log aggregation, business intelligence, and online transaction processing (OLTP). Your transformation team will recommend and execute on the appropriate service for each specific data operation to ensure high availability, low recovery point objectives, maximum scalability and performance, and maximum cost optimization.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. Segregation and migration of data tier components to the appropriate AWS services
  2. Detailed cutover and migration plan
  3. Backup schedule and restore operation frameworks
  4. Performance monitoring metrics and alarms
Theme 6 | Workload Deployment Automation

Theme 6: Workload Deployment Automation

Competition has never been easy, but it has never been more rigorous than it is today. As your competitors move to innovate and to provide value to your customers, it is imperative that you do so with greater speed and agility while at the same time doing more with less. This requires automated “full-stack” workload deployment. The goal is to minimize the time and overhead required to move from idea to product feature and to maximize the time your engineering team spends developing value for your customer. We will guide your team in the adoption of the “Transformation Trifecta” – DevOps, culture, and process; Agile ceremonies and processes; and AWS services.

Your Blue Sentry transformation team will design and implement “infrastructure-as-code” templates to automate the creation of your network topology, compute, storage, security, and other AWS services for the deployment of your workload. These templates may be used for low-cost test environments that mirror production, or for low-cost disaster recovery. We will establish best practice build processes and source control for both infrastructure and application code and establish a continuous integration process This will include not only the appropriate source control, but also unit tests, static analysis, security scanning and immediate feedback loops. Your Blue Sentry Transformation Team will also consult with you and execute on automated continuous delivery methodologies to ensure faster time to market.

If you desire to move away from monolithic code architecture, your Transformation Team will conduct a thorough code architecture review and provide a detailed technical plan for refactoring and implementation of microservices. Microservices transformation can happen at your pace and your Transformation Team is experienced in serverless and container deployments as your reach your vision. Whatever your code architecture, integration framework, or code delivery model, your Blue Sentry Transformation team will embed with your engineering organization to seed the DevOps culture you wish to achieve.

The key deliverables in this theme include:

  1. Knowledge transfer on DevOps culture and practices
  2. Automated continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline implementation
  3. Installation and configuration of source control repository
  4. Detailed technical plan for application code refactoring, where appropriate
  5. Establishment of Agile ceremonies
  6. “Infrastructure-as-code” deployment templates
  7. Definition and automation of desired quality gates and promotion stages within the CI/CD framework
  8. Guidance and execution for the creation of immutable artifact(s)
  9. Documentation of all systems and processes

Learn how Upside Travel achieved a streamlined, headache-free AWS deployment

Theme 7 | Next Generation Operations

Theme 7: Next Generation Operations

As you complete the paradigm shift to full cloud maturity, your Blue Sentry managed services team has the experience to take you to Next Generation operations on day one. We design our services to remove the risk and learning curve that any team must deal with when learning to manage in a new way.

Rather than merely reacting to issues as they happen at the infrastructure level we will integrate monitoring at the application level to predict and eliminate issues before they affect your users. We will combine predictive monitoring with machine learning to establish dynamic thresholds for your alerts so that alerts never become irrelevant to your team. Where appropriate we will automate self-healing in your environment. Once your logs are aggregated in a central location, we will establish fleet management and automated change management.

Our monitoring tools can integrate with AWS services at the API level to allow you to adopt scalable services and still get the monitoring data you need to operate effectively even in a dynamically scaling environment where infrastructure is rarely static. Combining all of this with world-class tagging and governance strategies and real-time cost management capabilities will give you the confidence to achieve the full cloud promise for all of your workloads.

Choose from three engagement models — Consult, Collaborate, and Concierge — which provide varying levels of service to optimize budget and achieve the optimal collaboration framework for your team and ours.

Details of each level of engagement are featured below.

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