Building a Service Catalog at a Healthcare Innovator

By Flux7 Labs
January 17, 2017

Building a service catalog

How Flux7 Helped Increase Developer Productivity with AWS Service Catalog

At Flux7, we are expert at helping healthcare organizations gain a competitive advantage in the market through IT modernization projects that amplify their inherent business strengths. So when were approached by this healthcare organization who sees technology as a competitive advantage, we were quite excited to dive in.
Specifically, they wanted to engage us to further enhance their applications by implementing a microservices development model. We immediately got to work helping them create a high degree of process automation and repeatable, HIPAA compliant infrastructure services with DevOps and AWS as the backbone.

We just published a full case study on the story of this company’s AWS microservices implementation — with a focus in particular on AWS Service Catalog — that is highly recommended reading. You can find it here.

First, a little background: this healthcare organization is focused on improving the lives of people who are suffering. Through its use of best-in-class technology, it has transformed the science of toxicology to help ensure safety, proper care, and best treatment options for patients in need. The company’s vision is to respond to evolving health care challenges by providing its customers with superior technology and service.

As a result, this healthcare leader sought ways to transform its business with the newest IT approaches to ensure its mission of providing superior service through technology. In collaboration with the healthcare organization, Flux7 employed service catalog best practices to create a catalog that enabled the development team to increase productivity by enabling developers to conduct AWS provisioning that meets security and compliance requirements including critical separated role access.

As the healthcare provider’s development team moved to a microservices environment, they could much more flexibly and nimbly incorporate changes or introduce new services to the business. Yet, in doing so, one of the concerns that rose was how to create a new architecture and process flow that incorporated automation, security controls, greater visibility, and repeatability of builds. A service catalog was a natural solution.

In addition to bringing the power of self-serve IT to this organization’s AWS environment, the teams were able to identify the resources development would use most frequently in building its new microservices environment. And so they went about the process of building a service catalog that would serve these common requests.

First, the experts at Flux7 coded these common development products using AWS CloudFormation, which provides the ability to provision AWS services, provision software, setup configurations, and even create resources outside of AWS. Once the CloudFormation template was created for a given product, it was sent to the customer’s IT and Security teams for review and approval.In this manner, consistency of security controls was applied to each solution that became an approved service catalog item.

The results are a good service catalog example, and include greater process automation, resulting in significantly less time spent in the development process; greater process standardization and repeatability of builds; enhanced security and an important separation of duties. In implementing this HIPAA-compliant microservices infrastructure that includes AWS Service Catalog, the healthcare provider is able to achieve more for the business through automation which results in higher productivity, more security and ultimately greater business responsiveness. Service catalog decreases the risk in that products are fully vetted for security and compliance while consistency in developer environments also serves to reduce risk and help them achieve consistent governance for both HIPAA and internal security compliance.

Flux7 is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with a Healthcare Competency. For additional reading about its ability to assess, design and develop transformative solutions for healthcare organizations:

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