What Time Does to Code

In a new era of innovation, a well architected framework defines your success.

The accelerating pace of innovation is putting pressure on companies like never before to reconsider how they keep their business, web, and mobile applications competitive, maintainable and profitable.

For companies fighting to keep their market stronghold, it’s sobering to consider that applications written only two or three years ago are fast becoming obsolete. Staying stubbornly committed to code-sets in isolated software ecosystems has become costly and short-sighted, as nimble competitors aggressively push onto the scene with scalable, low-cost applications that rapidly outstrip them and instantly steal customers and market share.

Five years ago, “lifting and shifting” your applications to the cloud seemed like a long-term strategy. But migration to the cloud clearly isn’t enough to stay ahead of your competition. The bottom line? You need to know how to optimize code using cloud architecture and services in order to take advantage of the latest and most powerful tools available. In the last two years alone, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has exploded its service offerings from 200 to 3000+.

Scalable, accessible, and cheaper than ever, AWS is empowering new companies to take on market leaders with sleek new offerings that are disrupting the competitive landscape.

For businesses with older enterprise software, the question is how to compete with outdated tool sets that force old cost structures, particularly when investors still expect increasing returns. Gone are the days of monetizing your $10 million system architecture over 10, 20, or 30 years. Today, there is an expectation that infrastructure investments will provide new customers and greater profitability in less than 6 months. The good news is services like AWS can help you rewrite your architecture for under that double digit million dollar investment this time around. The bad news is that your competitors are leaner, more agile, and rapidly harnessing the same tools and solutions to outsmart you.

So the code is on the wall, so to say. In this tightening innovation cycle, any company that has built a business around one code set and delivering one application feature to one market is probably doomed. That is, unless they reinvest in new architecture capable of keeping pace with change and are willing to create internal competitors to their own product to push innovation.

“Companies may have been visionary enough to move their infrastructure to the cloud a few years ago, but they’re realizing that alone isn’t a long term solution. Regardless of their investment, their code has already aged and their applications have to be rewritten,” says Five Talent CEO Preston Callicott. “Migrating applications to the cloud is one thing, but knowing how to rewrite and optimize them using cloud architecture is entirely different.”

The rapid growth of cloud services like AWS, increasing performance, and decreasing costs is motivating companies to engage consulting shops like Five Talent to decide where to invest. Responding to client demand, Five Talent has made cloud architecture its specialty. In addition, project diversity and daily hands-on experience has quickly transformed its developers into architects with the DevOps expertise to evaluate services and understand the benefits and opportunities of each.

“Technology is moving faster than our clients can keep up. We’ve basically become an innovation center for researching proof of concept, testing business cases and architecting possible solutions,” asserts Five Talent CTO Ryan Comingdeer.

As a close partner with AWS, Five Talent has also recently become one of a few select launch partners for the AWS Well-Architected™ framework. According to Amazon, their Well-Architected™ framework “has been developed to help cloud architects build the most secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient infrastructure possible for their applications. This framework provides a consistent approach for customers and partners to evaluate architectures, and provides guidance to help implement designs that will scale with your application needs over time.”

In this role, Five Talent helps companies evaluate technology platforms, determine industry best practices to follow, and identify the test cases for applying AWS technologies and services for new business models and new innovative applications. Knowing the available tools and how to configure them has pushed Five Talent into higher level management conversations with clients as they consider revenue streams and other aspects impacting their overall business success. “We’re spending more time with clients talking about WHY versus HOW they should leverage cloud architecture solutions,” says Callicott. “It’s a radical change we’re embracing.”

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