AWS Solutions Help A HR Solutions Leader Scale Faster & Enhance Security
A leading Human Resources (HR) solutions company uses innovative technology to simplify HR processes like recruitment, payroll, employee lifecycle management and compliance. With a customer base of over 175 companies and 500,000 users, the HR solutions provider is one of the largest in India and offers services across Asia Paciﬁc, Middle East, Australia, Europe and America. The HR leader has clients across multiple industries and some of its major customers include Schneider Electric, Mahindra & Mahindra, IndiGo Airlines, Aditya Birla, TATA Motors, Vistara Airlines and Maersk. As a pioneer in HR tech innovation like India’s ﬁrst HR mobile app, the company believes in offering solutions based on cutting edge technology.
Two of the company’s ﬂagship products are based on big data, engulﬁng all HR processes from hire to retire. Their primary app acts as a HR App store encompassing categories ranging from Culture and Engagement to Travel and Productivity. Another multipurpose end-to-end payroll management system simpliﬁes payroll accompanied by security and compliance.
The HR solutions giant requires a highly scalable, agile and secure platform for a wide variety of clients that span small, medium and large businesses. As their solutions cater to a mix of B2B and end users, they must ensure their technology is heavily backed by the following:
The customer was spending too much time on managing infrastructure and maintenance and wanted to focus on building their application. They were seeking a reliable partner who would help them innovate successfully by streamlining their infrastructure and ensure availability, reliability and security.
01. Client Challenges & Umbrella's AWS Solutions
When the HR solutions provider began exploring possibilities with AWS, their systems were running on CtrlS and several apps were hard bound on code. Their application was designed for a legacy system and they had their doubts about how effective application performance would be on cloud environment. When it came to migration, they were concerned how smooth it would be, considering they had thousands of users and the complexity of their operations. Manageability, maintenance, integration with multiple platforms and network integration were the other concerns they had.
Being a HR solutions leader, their data size was very large, and they were concerned about aspects like effective program management, testing and other aspects while determining whether to migrate. They had customers in industry sectors that were accompanied by stringent ﬁrewall policies and limited permissions for security and data protection purposes. Such limitations required meticulous planning and execution. They were restricted by the existing framework, unable to leverage analytics and were facing diﬃculties with their on-premise managed services. They wanted a solution that would ensure zero downtime, help them add a lot of new features and components, and enable them to scale up or down on need basis.
After thoroughly considering the client’s concerns, AWS and Umbrella came up with a Proof of Concept (PoC). This evaluation helped the customer team understand the vast beneﬁts of AWS including ease of setup and manageability, adaptability, security by design, application performance, various approaches for data migration and improved productivity. These beneﬁts persuaded the leading HR solutions provider to migrate their apps to AWS.
02. How Umbrella Helped the HR Solutions Leader
Umbrella’s PoC convinced the client’s team they would gain the requirements they were asking for and beneﬁt from the AWS migration. The planning and testing phase took four to six weeks and the Umbrella team was asked to migrate with minimum downtime. To adhere to this, Umbrella completed the migration on a national holiday over 15 hours. The entire process required eﬃcient program management, team coordination and had to factor in multiple platforms. Umbrella and the client team worked together for a while between the Pilot and actual migration to make their transition smooth and trouble free.
The company’s tech stack consisted of JAVA on Linux CentOS for a few applications, with MSSQL Enterprise DB for some apps. The tech stack for the other applications was LAMP on Linux CentOS with MySQL DB.
For the migration, Umbrella used a lift and shift approach and executed the following:
The large and leading HR outsourcing solutions provider was able to derive multiple beneﬁts from their move to AWS with Umbrella. They are now able to innovate as planned, which they were unable to do previously due to the lack of a robust framework and infrastructure. Containerization and Microservices have helped them achieve this effectively. Their other major concern was scalability with several leading industry players having a huge employee base that is growing. They have a large tech team and a maximum number of resources were working on managing the huge load. There is huge variation in payroll processing and the processing load varies accordingly demanding appropriate availability and load balancing on the customer’s side.
AWS migration enabled them to address these challenges very effectively. They were also anxious about security as they handled sensitive data for sectors with stringent data protection laws and Umbrella’s AWS solutions closed this gap for the HR solutions company.
Umbrella’s work with the company helped them successfully address multiple challenges through AWS migration and keep the customer service excellence value in their brand promise.