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We’re an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner delivering on challenging Digital Transformation projects in highly regulated industries.

We’re proud to belong to elite group of members in AWS Partner Network (APN) that have achieved the AWS Financial Services Competency.

We’ve also achieved AWS Migration and DevOps Competencies and are proud of the 100+ AWS Certifications across our firm. Our domain expertise and technical skill uniquely position us to help clients at any stage of their journey to the AWS Cloud.

Our AWS Services

CLOUD MIGRATION

Application Refactoring

Well-Architected Reviews

Security Reviews

Application Readiness

Immersion Days

We have proven expertise in migrating complex systems and legacy applications to AWS without business disruption. Our migration process follows AWS best practices outlined the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), moving your workload to the cloud quickly, securely, and in manageable iterations. We’re also part of the AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP), providing our clients with support, training, and potential funding assistance.

Assess

  • Inventory your application portfolio or targeted applications, identifying ideal candidates and pathways to move to AWS
  • Map your current infrastructure and services to the AWS resources and services best suited to your needs
  • Design a high-level architecture that meets your business needs
  • Compare total cost of ownership (TCO) of your current  environment vs. AWS

Mobilize

  • Develop a detailed plan to migrate applications and IT assets, defining timeframe, business and financial constraints, and resource requirements
  • Choose a templating language and DevOps toolkit to automate and standardize infrastructure deployments
  • Build a Landing Zone to meet your organization’s needs, configuring an AWS account structure, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, authentication services, etc.
  • Partner with your infrastructure and development teams to provide training in new technologies, ensuring a smooth eventual handover
  • Define an ideal application architecture for workloads being refactored or newly built

Migrate

  • Build automated pipelines to provide continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) capability
  • Migrate your workload (development, testing, and production environments) to the AWS Cloud, refactoring as needed to enhance performance, reliability, and efficiency
  • Build instrumentation that provides observability and operational visibility for your  application workloads
  • Train DevOps teams on new technology, tools, and procedures
  • Deploy changes into test and production environments using new CI/CD procedures and tools

Sometimes a simple “lift-and-shift” to AWS isn’t an option. We’ve rebuilt and replatformed many critical business applications by combining our capital-markets expertise with our proficiency in cloud and streaming architectures. We refactor applications into microservices and leverage cloud-native offerings so you can take full advantage of migrating your workload to AWS. 

Our refactoring practice is based on the following pillars: 

Focused Approach

  •  Applications that are 10+ years old frequently aren’t built to serve the current needs of a business. We focus on what an application should be doing to meet your business objectives rather than replicating its existing functionality exactly.

Domain Knowledge

  • Domain-driven design (DDD) can help define the boundaries of microservices, but it’s crucial that the domain be well understood. Our senior staff has decades of financial services experience, and we rely on our business analysts throughout the process to ensure that the boundaries of microservices are appropriately defined.  

Technical Expertise

  • We’ve built trading, risk-management, and reporting systems for many of the largest banks, hedge funds, and industry utilities. Our experience helps us understand your business and technical requirements, and our training in AWS helps us to meet them. We’ve achieved AWS Financial Services, Migration, and DevOps Competencies, and we have more AWS Certifications than staff in our company. These milestones guarantee that everyone on a project, even business analysts, has rigorous technical training.   

Iterative Process

  •  The only way to be certain that our solutions meet your business and technical requirements is to provide real data. We follow a disciplined, iterative process that begins with a working Proof of Value and has regular demos of progress at the end of each sprint. Incremental testing removes surprises around go-live, provides early feedback, and enables robust test automation. 

Cost Optimization

  • We work very closely with AWS and can leverage several AWS funding programs. Our three AWS Competencies have allowed us to cut many clients’ migration costs by more than half.  

We offer remediation and improvement consultations by conducting reviews employing the AWS Well-Architected Framework (WAF). These reviews weigh key concepts, design principles, and architectural best practices to evaluate cloud systems across five pillars: Operational Excellence, Security, Reliability, Performance Efficiency, and Cost Optimization. Most importantly, an AWS WAR provides a clear path for remediation or improvement. Risk Focus provides WARs to clients free of charge.

Prepare

  • Acquire workload information through a Risk Focus survey and by soliciting architectural diagrams (data flows, components, networking)

Review

  • Review your workload with DevOps, Applications, and Security teams over 1–2 sessions

Report

  • Present findings: what’s at risk, what’s the threat level, and what steps can be taken toward remediation
  • Determine whether the scope of remediation qualifies for AWS funding

Remediate

  • Prioritize next steps for remediation or improvement based on WAR findings

We offer a structured, 2-to-4–week review that provides a “gap analysis” between your current security state and the desired state, as defined in the Security Pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. AWS Security Reviews provide an in-depth analysis of your application, infrastructure, processes, and AWS Landing Zone, reviewing:

Identity and Access Management

  • Evaluate authorization and authentication policies

Detective Controls

  •  Evaluate auditing/compensating controls 

Infrastructure Protection

  • Ensure services and workload are protected against unintended and unauthorized access as well as potential vulnerabilities

Data Protection

  • Ensure organizational data is properly classified, protected, and encrypted

Security Incidence Response

  • Evaluate the policy and practice of managing security incidents

We offer a structured, 2-to-4–week review aimed at assessing an application’s technical readiness for release into a production environment. Aligned with the Well-Architected Framework, we assess architecture, security, application validation, and operational readiness.

Architecture

  • Review requirements, current architecture, cloud-native services, and application infrastructure

Validation

  • Review functional, integration, and performance validation

Operational Readiness

  • Review monitoring, change and release management, incident response, and cost efficiency

Led by Risk Focus experts who have built complex systems using AWS, these intensive hands-on sessions offer detailed presentations and labs to improve your firm’s proficiency with AWS resources and services. Participants benefit from the field-tested perspectives of certified AWS professionals.

  • Topics include a general AWS overview, databases, migrations, containers, RedShift, security/compliance, serverless, data lakes, and AI/ML
  • Breakout sessions with solutions architects to support hands-on labs
  • Can be completely virtual or on-site

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