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Case Study

Haylix's Well-Architected Framework Review Process Transformation with 6pillars.ai and AWS

Haylix, a leading AWS consulting partner, faced significant challenges with the scalability of their Well-Architected Framework Reviews (WAFR). Manual review processes were time-consuming, and limited engineering resources constrained their ability to perform more reviews, impeding their growth and slowing down time-to-value (TTV) for their customers.

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Client: Haylix
Industry: Cloud Consulting and Managed Services
Partner: 6pillars.ai
Solution: Well-Architected Framework Review Automation
AWS Services: AWS Security Hub, AWS Lambda, Amazon S3, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Config

Introduction

Haylix, a leading AWS consulting partner specialising in cloud infrastructure and managed services, have built a reputation for delivering top-notch cloud solutions. They did, however, face significant challenges with the scalability of their Well-Architected Framework Reviews (WAFR). The manual review processes were time-consuming, and their non-scalable engineering resources constrained their ability to conduct more reviews, limiting their service potential and slowing down time-to-value (TTV) for their customers.

Challenges

  • Manual Review Overheads: Conducting Well-Architected Framework Reviews manually was labor-intensive and time-consuming, impacting efficiency.

  • Resource Constraints: Limited engineering resources meant Haylix could only conduct a finite number of reviews, impeding business growth and service delivery.

  • Scalability Issues: Growing demand for cloud consulting services highlighted the need for scalable review processes.

  • Time-to-Value (TTV): Slow review processes delayed delivering value to customers, impacting customer satisfaction and potential AWS Well-Architected Partner credits.

Solution

Haylix partnered with 6pillars.ai to leverage the AUTOMATE+ platform's best-of-breed Well-Architected Framework Review automation and unique workflow solutions.

 

This collaboration aimed to streamline the review process, reduce time and effort, enable scalability, and deliver faster TTV for their customers.

 

Key Components of the Solution:

  • Automated Review Workflows: 6pillars.ai implemented automated workflows using AWS services, significantly reducing the manual effort required for WAFR.

  • AWS Security Hub Integration: Enhanced security posture by continuously monitoring and automating compliance checks against AWS best practices.

  • Custom Lambda Functions: Automated specific tasks and integrated with AWS Config to ensure real-time compliance and remediation.

  • Centralized Data Storage: Utilized Amazon S3 for storing review data, ensuring secure and scalable data management.

  • Infrastructure as Code: Deployed AWS CloudFormation templates to maintain consistent and repeatable infrastructure configurations.

Why 6pillars.ai?

Haylix chose 6pillars.ai for their advanced automation capabilities and deep expertise in the Well-Architected Framework. Their solution provided:

  • Comprehensive Automation: End-to-end automation of WAFR processes, eliminating manual bottlenecks.

  • Scalable Architecture: Solutions designed to scale with Haylix’s growing client base.

  • Proven Track Record: Demonstrated success in enhancing operational efficiency for similar organisations.

Why AWS?

AWS was the platform of choice due to its robust ecosystem of tools and services, including:

  • AWS Security Hub: Centralised security and compliance management.

  • AWS Lambda: Serverless architecture to run code in response to events, enabling automation.

  • Amazon S3: Secure and scalable storage for review data.

  • AWS CloudFormation: Infrastructure as Code for consistent deployments.

  • AWS Config: Continuous monitoring and assessment of compliance against desired configurations.

Benefits Delivered

  • Operational Efficiency: Reduced review times by a factor of 10, allowing Haylix to perform reviews faster and with higher accuracy.

  • Resource Optimisation: Freed up engineering resources to focus on higher-value tasks, enhancing productivity.

  • Scalability: Enabled Haylix to scale their WAFR services to meet growing demand without additional resource strain.

  • Cost Savings: Achieved significant cost savings by automating manual processes. A similar manual approach would have increased costs by a factor of 10.

  • Enhanced Compliance: Continuous monitoring and automated remediation ensured consistent adherence to AWS best practices.

  • Faster Time-to-Value (TTV): Accelerated the delivery of value to customers, improving customer satisfaction and enabling them to quickly benefit from AWS Well-Architected Partner credits.

Operational Metrics:

  • Review Time Reduction: From an average of 50 hours per review to 5 hours per review.

  • Increased Review Capacity: From 20 reviews per month to over 200 reviews per month.

  • Cost Efficiency: Realised a total ROI analysis showing a 10x reduction in costs compared to manual processes.

  • Faster TTV: Customers experienced faster implementation and benefits, leading to quicker realisation of AWS Well-Architected Partner credits.

Conclusion

By partnering with 6pillars.ai and leveraging AWS services, Haylix successfully transformed their Well-Architected Framework Review practice.

 

The implementation of automated workflows not only enhanced their operational efficiency but also positioned them to scale their services to meet increasing market demands. This case study highlights the critical role of automation in optimizing cloud operations and underscores the strategic value of AWS in delivering scalable and cost-effective solutions.

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