Cloud Computing in Retail Industry

In few industries is innovation more important than in retail today. Whether you are looking to drive store-based technology initiatives, optimize your eCommerce site, or do both for an improved customer experience, Flux7 DevOps consultants can help. We help retailers design and build retail cloud computing infrastructure that support innovation while ensuring availability, security and regulatory compliance objectives, like PCI, are met.

Innovation

Flux7 helps grow retail agility through advanced levels of automation for development and operations teams, allowing each to spend more time on strategic tasks, produce more, and be more efficient with their time. Automated processes like CI/CD allow developers to continuously improve customer facing eCommerce or mobile applications as well as services that increase store-level productivity.

For example, for a specialty retailer, we helped increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the company’s Development team who is tasked with supporting the eCommerce site and store systems. Applying DevOps best practices, we built in automation wherever possible, streamlining processes, eradicating human error in repeatable tasks, and eliminating downtime in the process. Automation optimized the developer workflow, which gave way to greater innovation, which could be quickly introduced to the team’s customers.

Security and PCI Compliance

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At Flux7, we use a Security by Design framework. By building security in from the outset, we are able to code in security controls, and ensure best practices for handling personally identifiable information and PCI requirements are used. With compliance being an outcome of good security, Flux7 focuses on architecting secure systems from the ground up, using tools like AWS WAF, IAM, AWS KMS, HashiCorp Vault and more.

Website Scalability and Availability

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At Flux7, we use a Security by Design framework. By building security in from the outset, we are able to code in security controls, and ensure best practices for handling personally identifiable information and PCI requirements are used. With compliance being an outcome of good security, Flux7 focuses on architecting secure systems from the ground Every 100 milliseconds of downtime cost Amazon one percent in sales and Google found that an extra .5 seconds in search page generation time dropped site traffic by 20 percent. Clearly, downtime and poor performance has a direct impact to retailers. For Rent-a-Center, Flux7 implemented best practices to help insure their systems from within against risk factors that would attribute to poor performance online. Introducing DevOps automation — including auto scaling of its containerized SAP Hybris application — Rent-A-Center increased the scalability and availability of its eCommerce site, meeting a 42% increase in traffic over Black Friday without missing a beat.

Resources

Fortune 1000 Retailer Transforms IT with DevOps in the Cloud

Prior to the DevOps transition, this organization’s IT was defined by lengthy deployment cycles and numerous manual steps for processes such as provisioning new servers or preparing OS and server images

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Flux7 Helps Hospitality Provider Deliver Holiday Program in the Nick of Time

In addition to being highly available, the design was cost effective, autoscaling to meet demand across eight different websites for the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the UK that saw traffic peak at different times.

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Implementing PCI DSS on AWS

According to Innovative Retail Technologies, 52% of surveyed retailers plan to actively move applications to the cloud this year. Yet, one question our AWS consultants frequently field from retailers is about achieving AWS PCI Compliance in the cloud.

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