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Case Study | Financial Services

GCP Cloud Re-Platforming Supports Real Estate Giant’s Digital Journey

Our client is an Austin, Texas-based real estate company and is the largest in the world based on number of agents and units sold.

Business Challenge

SoftServe’s partner, Google Cloud, needed to articulate clear and compelling success criteria to justify a cloud migration for the client. The client’s head of product and head of development were skeptical about leaving their AWS cloud platform they had built around for years to move to a GCP platform where their developers and engineers had little familiarity.

Our client needed guidance around the added complexity of existing applications, the risk of extensive re-factoring, and a looming foray into the direct-to-consumer market.

Project Description

This real estate company has been a Google customer, but only on G-Suite for their 175,000+ agents. After early discussions, there was understanding from SoftServe that Google needed support in convincing the client that a move to GCP would be transformative for their business. SoftServe was tasked to determine an approach that would allow the client’s product and development leaders to envision their future on GCP.

A six week engagement was conducted comprising:

A one week onsite agenda preparation and one week on-site series of stakeholder interviews, reviews, and choosing a PoC option and its scope definition.

Workshop goals included finding and scoping specific use cases whereby the client could see the following benefits:

  1. Cost savings through leveraging GCP infrastructure and services
  2. Strategic vision and feasibility scope for moving all production payload to GCP
  3. A decrease in operations overhead; leveraging managed services where possible
  4. Improving CI/CD approach, manageability, and flexibility by leveraging GCP-based DevOps practices and toolsets
  5. Understanding how to use the most convenient up to date business analytics technologies by leveraging advanced GCP analytics services

And finally, a four week offsite GCP Cloud adoption vision development, PoC development and setup, as well as a PoC outcome and executive review.

Specific goals of the PoC included:

  • Demonstrating Automation
  • Proving Stability
  • Proving Scalability
  • Providing Transparency

Value Delivered

SoftServe showed the client that a migration to GCP was not just about features or infrastructure to support applications, but rather about supporting the client’s new digital culture and spirit of innovation.

Additionally, SoftServe’s workshops and engagement with the client identified the following IT issues:

  • Iterative labs processes moved faster than IT could support
  • DevOps processes were too manual
  • No transparency around what features, and services were available

SoftServe ultimately demonstrated that GCP is the optimal platform to support the client’s innovative business with a well documented standards-based environment and best practice procedures.