Moving to cloud services also allowed EROAD to automate the work across multiple regions. For those looking to move to the cloud, going down the automation path is critical, he says. For instance, if he wants a particular middleware, he can automatically build it up and not have someone spend a couple of hours to do it.
A conservative beginning
When EROAD moved to Amazon, Clayton says it took a fairly conservative approach, using infrastructure-as-a-service and not taking on platform-as-a-service. That way, the company could easily transition away if necessary.
Amazon had been on EROAD's radar for two years before the company started using its cloud services. EROAD had viewed it as an "online shopping cart," and not so much in the enterprise business. That perception changed 18 months ago, when it provided services that addressed EROAD's concerns.
Amazon has provided EROAD with an account manager and a group of architects to help the company make the most of AWS.
Clayton says EROAD is also using Amazon's data-warehouse-as-a-service offering, Redshift.
Redshift allows EROAD to put a data warehouse together in a matter of days whereas some companies might take years to build a scalable data warehouse, he says.
"Everyone knows analytics is going to be big but you want to do it as low cost as possible; that space allows us to do that," Clayton adds.
EROAD's use of cloud is not confined to AWS, he says. For instance, the company has been on Google Apps from day one. EROAD uses Salesforce for call centre and CRM, and a cloud-based financial system.
Integrating these systems is vital, Clayton says. As well, he says, "We always build something so we can always swap it out if we have to."
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