Transform and modernise your business with Microsoft Azure.
Redefining Application Development
Application Development was commonly perceived exclusively as pertaining to a project of significant undertaking whereby, a core business function or service was developed to deliver additional value for customers and/or generate new revenue streams.
However, recent developments in both Cloud and AI now enable us to more easily automate an array of business processes. The services and integrations offered on the Azure and Office 365 platforms are making businesses more secure, productive and reliable than ever before.
Whether you are looking to automate a business process, update an existing application or develop a new one, you will appreciate the availability, scalability and performance of Microsoft Cloud.
Existing on-premises application?
If your business finds itself faced with either of the below scenarios, then it’s time to consider moving to a cloud-based application:
- Existing infrastructure and/or operating systems are reaching end-of-life
- Costs associated with of running and supporting existing infrastructure and operating systems are higher than cloud
Other common factors that drive the need to migrate applications include:
- Ability to scale easily
- Reduce running costs
- Reduce administration effort
- High availability requirements
Our team work with you to develop a solution that meets your commercial and technological requirements in a way that makes sense for your business.
Leveraging a modified AGILE methodology, we focus initially on developing an in-depth understanding in the design phase. This approach ensures that all parties share the same understanding of the requirements incorporating solution functionality and timelines.
We then establish fixed deliverables along the course of the project, tying function development to business aligned timelines and requirements. By identifying and adhering to a sequenced path for function development, our team enables the rapid development and deployment of software whilst minimising the occurrence of specification drift.
Application Development with Azure
Microsoft’s Cloud enables you to do more with less whilst positioning you for the future- using the platform of the future. The features and benefits include:
Scalability & Cost Efficiency
Rapidly and easily respond to changing workloads with auto-scaling of application resources. Microsoft Azure also enjoys a reputation for offering the most competitive rates when compared to on-premise and other leading Cloud providers.
Availability & Stability
One of the highest available Clouds, Azure delivers up to 99.99% uptime ensuring your most business-critical apps are available when you or your customers need them.
Eliminate the need to support operating systems and the underlying infrastructure when using PaaS and Server-less services.
There are several ways in which applications can be hosted in Azure, ranging from a straight-forward virtual machine, to containers, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and “Server-less”.
The Cloud makes it possible to decouple the various components of your application and scale them independently; reducing operational costs and ensuring your applications performance can keep up with demand.
Azure offers one of the fastest disks in the Cloud today with Azure ultra-disks delivering up to 160,000 IOPS. It’s performance like this that made it the Cloud of choice for the service arm of Coca-Cola’s bottlers.
Host containerized versions of your application to reduce compute costs, allow portability and ensure consistent configuration of the application and its dependencies.
Microsoft Azure provides a range of services which facilitate reliable and secure communications between independent systems, whether they be on-premises or in the Cloud.
Expand and enrich your solution with integrations for Azure AD, Office365 and popular products from many other vendors.
Rapid Development & Delivery
Utilise PowerApps for rapid development and delivery of data-driven, form-based applications on mobile and desktop devices.
Leverage Pre-Built Services
Utilise Azure services from within your application such as Azure’s Cognitive Services; a library of AI functions which perform image and speech recognition, text analysis, etc.
“There was a threat of power outages due to extreme temperature in Melbourne today, long story short there isn’t enough power generation for air con in the event of a power outage to cool the IT equipment. Gladly we did not have to worry about our critical alarm reporting systems or customers as none of the service operates on premise any more. This got me thinking about your presentation at Telstra way back when and led me to realise that we are now living the dream!
“Seriously, your guys are awesome and our product has never been so stable and easy to maintain. A real credit to how professional and knowledgeable they are. Anyway just wanted to say thanks for their efforts and look forward to future project with them on a global scale!”
Modern application design & development
Each new application build leverages Microsoft’s identity platform alongside a range of services with pre-built functions like those included in Cognitive Services. We capture these inclusions by developing a wireframe; defining the form and function of your proposed application and then provide you with a mock-up; visualising application functionality and the user interface.
Redevelopment of an existing application adds to the process an initial review of current functionality. A primary goal to capture the good whilst addressing the bad, this allows us to retain the working parts whilst identifying opportunities for greater functionality, management and support for future integrations.
Business process automation
Our Microsoft Cloud experts will work with you to make sure we understand all aspects of your business process; it’s inputs, outputs and decision points as well as the context in which it operates. From there we assess the feasibility of orchestrating the process(es) in Azure; identifying automation opportunities and demonstrating the capabilities of the Azure and Office 365 platforms.
The virtues of the Microsoft Cloud combined with our incremental delivery approach means that we can focus first on delivering core functionality and then progressively inject additional intelligence and features as required.
Whilst Azure makes system integration easier than ever, it still demands precision. Be it hosting your own web-based API on Azure, leveraging Azure services to make your existing APIs more secure or reliably integrating independent systems using the various Azure event and messaging technologies, let our Azure specialists show you how Azure can create additional value and facilitate secure and durable interactions between independent systems.
With a number of alternatives to host your application in Azure, our specialists will help determine the best available options for your application and once appointed, carefully prepare and undertake the migration for you.
How Azured can work for your busines
We like to pride ourselves on our knowledge of transitioning and we always start our engagements by listening to our clients! Our ultimate aim is to discover the pain points in your existing enterprise environment. Many of our clients say to us ‘where do we start?’ as at times there may appear to be no obvious starting point to commence the Azure journey.
Whilst delivering many successful projects for our client’s, experience has shown us that a good place to start is with Security and Identity Management. Understanding your security requirements is key as often the main impediments to public cloud adoption centre around security and network concerns.
Once we understand the security requirements, we can work out how we manage the users, the administrators and ultimately provide secure, reliable, auditable and accountable access to your most valued systems. This is necessary as Azure provides new and greater levels of access and control to your systems, meaning it’s best to get this right from the very beginning.
From here on in, experience suggests we work with your Network and Infrastructure teams to integrate and lockdown networks, after which we move on to synchronising identities and managing access controls. Often the simplest part of an Azure migration is the sizing and construction of the underlying virtual networks and machines with the complexity lying within the identity, security and network layers.
Let’s bear in mind this could be for PoC and whilst you may not want many users to access the services, your valuable data, infrastructure and often IP can be hosted in the cloud. We don’t take any chances and as such have developed a level of automation and process that provides us with the ability to securely transition nearly all service from on-premise to Azure, either on IaaS, PaaS or even to SaaS. We have even gone so far as to developing applications that learn about and optimise your IaaS solutions; this is known as CloudRight.
Ultimately, we help our customers get the most out of Cloud by leading them through the migration of their key applications and services to an optimal Azure service. This results in lower costs, enhanced management, and greater scalability for our clients through Azure adoption.