Customer Success Story: Nextek

 

 

Company

 

Nextek develops software utilized by more than 1500 financial professionals nationwide. Their tools and applications help users to support their clients, gain revenue, and increase visibility into their organization’s growth.

 

Challenge

With the recent migration of 98% of their applications to the cloud and the creation of more than 2,000 resources, Nextek needed to implement a consistent architecture that offered a way to manage cloud governance and compliance proactively. In the event of an audit, they wanted to be ready, which required true insight into their entire environment. This proved to be complicated however, without visibility into changes made and resources created on a daily basis.

 “While I trust my team completely, I still need to ensure that everyone is following company policy, and not making changes that could have tremendous impact on our cloud costs.” – Dustin DeFoe, Director of Software Engineering

Solution

This led Dustin Defoe, Director of Software Engineering, on a search for a solution that could meet Nextek’s requirements. While attending a local cloud architecture framework meet-up to learn more about cloud governance and architecture, he met the OpsCompass team. Defoe left the meet-up with more than he bargained for when he learned how OpsCompass:

Detects cloud changes in near real-time

Provides alerts for changes to the environment, including resources created

Triggers alerts regarding the impact of any changes on compliance

During the discovery period, the OpsCompass and Nextek teams met multiple times to determine requirements and establish best practices. OpsCompass also brought in subject matter experts to bridge any specific knowledge gaps.

 

Results

Without the right tool to manage their 2,000+ resources, Nextek lacked true visibility into their cloud environment. This became clear when they received their initial compliance score from OpsCompass. While their first score registered at 400, within eight hours and through the work of the Nextek team, they were able to improve their score to just over 1400, an increase of more than 300%.

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