Cloud-Native Development

The future of app software

Today's businesses run on the cloud, relying on hosted applications, platforms, and resources to manage day-to-day operations and expand their footprint. Embracing the cloud is an operational necessity, giving organizations access to impressive scalability, elasticity, and availability for all of their core systems and applications.

The next logical step in the evolution of cloud-first business operations is to implement cloud-native software - that is, applications that have been designed specifically to live in the cloud.

As cloud adoption increases and organizations across every industry and vertical lean on hosted solutions, the need for cloud-native applications will continue to grow. There is no question that cloud-native development is the future of software, and One Six Solutions' team of experts can help create applications perfectly suited to take advantage of the cloud's unique strengths.

What is cloud-native development

The cloud offers a wide variety of benefits - affordability, scalability, availability, redundancy, etc. - and developing software with the express purpose of living in the cloud can maximize these capabilities. Cloud-native development refers to the creation of software and applications that are hosted in the cloud rather than on local, on-premises hardware. Software Designed for on-premises environments have many issues:

  • Difficult to scale up along with business needs
  • Challenging to distribute via hosted platforms
  • Lacks inherent redundancy to protect organizations against downtime

What are the benefits of cloud-native development?

Embracing cloud-native applications enables organizations to create software that is better-suited for today's cloud-driven business environment and improve product performance. The benefits of cloud-native development include:

  • Lower operational costs associated with software management as cloud-native applications can be scaled up or down to match user demand. Paying to overprovision hardware so on-premises software can support maximum user activity becomes a thing of the past.
  • Faster, more efficient software distribution since cloud-based software can be quickly shared with a large, disparate user base.
  • Robust availability and uptime metrics. Because cloud-native applications live on hosted platforms, they are not dependent on the performance of local hardware and architecture.
  • Failover capabilities allow cloud-based software to continue running even in the event of server failure, network disruption, power outage or other circumstance.

Cloud-native development can improve the software design process as well. Cloud-based development allows for:

  • Development techniques like DevOps and agile methods to spur creative collaboration and bring products to market faster
  • Virtual development environments empower developers to rigorously test, add new features, and address flaws before the software goes live
  • Developers can also take advantage of microservice architecture to break massive software projects into smaller, more manageable pieces. This accelerates development schedules while minimizing software complexity.

How do you choose the right cloud architecture?

Finding the right cloud platform and environment for your software development project depends on the specific needs, goals and resources of your organization. Some of the major variables to consider:

These can be difficult questions to answer, but you don't have to tackle them on your own. Working with an experienced software developer and technology consultant can help address any uncertainty and find the best way forward. One Six Solutions has a successful history building, designing and deploying cloud-native applications, and our expert team can craft the best software - cloud-based or otherwise - for your organization.

What skills do you need in an effective cloud-native development partner?

Building software in cloud environments is a very different process from traditional application development. It requires specialized skills and a depth of experience working with these platforms. One Six Solutions has a long track record developing software for and in the cloud, and our cloud experts can design the perfect cloud-native application for your business.

One Six Solutions brings all of the skills, experience and talent you need to make your cloud-native development project a success:

  • Extensive experience working with a wide variety of cloud platforms, architectures and environments, including microservices.
  • Deep knowledge of elastic cloud architecture such as containers and serverless frameworks.
  • Fluency in all leading cloud-native development languages.
  • History of successfully optimizing cloud orchestration and delivery.
  • Familiarity with innovative software development methods such as agile, continuous delivery and DevOps.

Our team of cloud experts works with every client to address their most pressing operational challenges with carefully designed software solutions. By diligently crafting cloud-native applications according to the unique circumstances of each client and customizing software around their goals and objectives, One Six Solutions creates software that produces meaningful results for the business at large.

Interested in hearing more about the benefits of cloud-native development? We're here to answer all of your questions and help you blaze the best path to the cloud. Contact our team today

Examples of our cloud native development work include...

Trade Association’s Analytics Platform

Cloud technologies enable an advanced data platform at a low cost and with minimal IT management.

Trade Association

Data Lakes and Warehouses

Trade Association’s Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is the nation’s leading trade association representing the boating industry and provides data and insights to manufacturers within its membership. Their data strategy involved moving away from manual, static report building to an automated solution that supports interactive data exploration.  

How we helped?

The One Six Solutions team supported the selection and implementation of products enabling the data strategy for both the client’s membership as well as internal departments. We provided a solution that is sustainable and easy to maintain for an organization that has a small IT team.

What were some of the tools used?

The data architecture started with a custom web application for members to upload data files built using Microsoft Azure. The files were processed with validation rules and moved to Amazon S3 for initial storage. After data replication into Snowflake enabled by Fivetran, the loaded extracts were transformed via Matillion ELT to create the data model.  Power BI provided users with interactive visualizations of the industry data sets. These architecture components were automated to process data incrementally as new data arrives.    

What were the results?

Our client was empowered to manage data in the the modern analytics environment we helped create and freed to consider new problems that can be solved. The scalable solution allows the organization to operate with cost-effectiveness.  Members can explore their data against the industry now in ways previously not possible. The internal departments can  plan to build a holistic solution in the near future to analyze consumer engagement through multiple channels. Two legacy platforms and their associated maintenance costs were  sunset by the new solution.

Global Consulting Firm's Pricing And Sales Application

A truly global pricing and sales platform leverages the scalability and elasticity of the cloud.

Consulting Services

Cloud Native Development

Global Consulting Firm's Pricing And Sales Application

What was the problem?

The internal organization of a global consulting firm asked us to help architect and build an AWS solution to price and visualize sales and financial data. Components of the pricing application needed to be moved from a legacy implementation to their more current AWS Pub/Sub architecture. As part of the architecture goals they wanted to consolidate and share internal data, while reducing dependencies with other internal applications. During the course of the project they also wanted to view aggregated pricing data across organizational boundaries.

How we helped?

We helped architect and build various pieces of the pricing application’s orchestration including micro-services for instances of the deal, results of the pricing calculation, reference data lookups and various user interfaces. We also re-architected and moved parts of the application from their legacy implementation to the current architecture (including existing application data) while the application was actively being used in production. We architected and delivered on a pricing implementation that grouped and consolidated pricing data across the company.

What were some of the tools used?

The micro-services application was built using AWS Lambdas with most of the data being stored in Amazon’s Dynamo DB. The various micro-services were decoupled from each other and communicated through publishing SNS notifications. The user interface applications were built using Kotlin, .NET, Angular 2 and Node.js while being hosted in Elastic Beanstalk.

What were the results?

The application is currently being piloted with various groups to improve pricing accuracy and visibility; more groups and users are being added quarterly providing much better insight into global sales and pricing information.

National Autobody Retail Chain’s Analytics Platform

A cloud based analytics environment for a national auto-body retail chain enables compliance reporting and employee training measurement.

Automotive

Data Analytics

National Autobody Retail Chain’s Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is one of the largest autobody and mechanical repair shops in the nation.  Their retail stores and regional managers were in need of a consolidated reporting and analytics platforms to better understand overall corporate performance, compliance adherence and training programs for their technicians.

How we helped?

The One Six team assisted the client with defining the set of KPIs across each level in the corporate hierarchy.  We worked with the CTO and COO to standardize measurement criteria so they can evaluate their performance against insurance carrier standards for the services they provide.  Interactive dashboards and reports were built allowing for on-demand analysis.

What were some of the tools used?

The Data Warehouse was built in the cloud using Snowflake as the underlying database technology operating in an AWS cloud. Tableau Desktop and Tableau Online were leveraged to create compelling data visualizations to support corporate leadership, regional and retail managers in their decision making.

What were the results?

All levels of the management team down to an individual retail location were now able to consistently view their teams performance and quickly identify areas where action was required.  Compliance reporting with respect to insurance carrier metrics was available online in an easy to use dashboard with the capability to drill into as much detail as required. Corporate training was also able to leverage the reporting to identify what training programs needed to be completed and by which employees.

Global Professional Services Organization's Sales Dashboard

Sub-second response times and instant financial calculations leveraging the cloud.

Consulting Services

Application Modernization

Global Professional Services Organization's Sales Dashboard

What was the problem?

The internal IT organization of one the largest professional services firms asked us to help build a custom sales dashboard to view key client and portfolio-level financial and operational metrics. The existing sales dashboard was using aging technologies to pull and aggregate sales and revenue data from slow internal systems. Some of these systems were built for data and report processing rather than real time web use, so the existing dashboard was slow.

How we helped?

We joined their team of developers to help architect and build out the services layer with the explicit goal of sub second response times. Our team built out the caching layer to enable storage of data from downstream systems; we also built processes to periodically refresh data from the internal sources as needed, including real time data from their enterprise service bus. Furthermore we built complex business logic to do financial calculations, real time currency conversion and helped set the standard for modern single page applications within the group.

What were some of the tools used?

The application was built using Web API and .NET OData web services surfacing 10+ internal data sources. To implement the caching layer we used ElasticSearch and leveraged its ability to store large amounts of unstructured data and aggregate it at considerable speeds. We also wrote Java plugins for ElasticSearch to deal with currency conversion and other computations prior to aggregation at the caching layer. The front end was written in Angular.

What were the results?

Our team worked on the project expanding the feature set and user base for 2.5 years helping establish it as a reference architecture for modern single page applications within the organization.

Thank you! We will be in touch shortly.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
One Six Solutions
Privacy Policy