In 2018 a large financial services UK-based organisation recognised that it urgently needed to accelerate the strategy for moving their technology to the cloud. This was driven by the need to deliver value to its customers faster than in previous years, and to maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace. At the same time, they needed to improve the level of information security, resilience of service and pace of innovation because of adopting public cloud environments.
During 2019, we were asked to create and run a Cloud Centre of Excellence. It was constructed over a period of 8 months culminating with the release of its first product; an enterprise class, secure, Platform as a Service (PaaS) capability built on AWS suitable for financial service workloads. A second platform utilising MS Azure fast followed on quickly in subsequent months to provide cross cloud resilience and exit strategies.
The platforms embraced many innovative concepts and featured continuous integration and delivery pipelines to ensure rapid change and automated security. The platforms were ephemeral and therefore reduced the environment provision time from months to minutes for project teams across the company.
The rapid pace kickstarted a cultural shift within the organisation and demonstrated that it was possible to deliver enterprise class capabilities within a shorter timeframe than expected.