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Manufacturer & Distributor

High-tech TP

Problem

This manufacturer and distributor wanted to explore application modernization on AWS to drive technology modernization as a competitive advantage.

Goal

It needed assistance in validating its approach.

Solution

We helped define its modernization strategy, including container adoption.

About the Business

This company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of tissue, pulp, paper, toilet and paper towel dispensers, packaging, building products and related chemicals. The company employs more than 40,000 people at more than 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe.

The Business Challenge

Already dedicated to AWS as its cloud platform, the company wanted to explore application modernization on AWS to drive its goal of technology modernization as a competitive advantage. Additionally, the company needed assistance in validating its approach, which it believed would include containers.

The Solution

The manufacturer and consumer goods company worked with 2nd Watch to define its modernization strategy, including a review of current state and readiness across development teams, an assessment of existing operations and application stacks in use, and the development of a change management strategy for successful container adoption.

After evaluating its needs and priorities around operational simplicity, speed, comprehensive management, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud support, DevOps and Microservices support, flexibility and customizability and cost structure, the company and 2nd Watch evaluated deployment models for container app platform atop the Intel I7 NUC platform as worker nodes. The company repackaged the containerized Intel Internet of Things (IIoT) POC solutions for three use cases as a POC for scaling similar solutions at the company’s manufacturing facilities. 2nd Watch then deployed the infrastructure to demonstrate deployment and management of containers for IoT use cases.

2nd Watch leveraged best practices to provide the company a repeatable process for packaging application and dependencies, resulting in a pipeline that can be replicated for use with other applications.

With guidance from 2nd Watch around which AWS services would be the best fit for the workload, the company migrated its existing AWS applications to a container environment leveraging AWS container services to host and manage it.

The Business Benefits

The manufacturer and consumer goods company learned how to correctly asses the value of containers, how to leverage them in a standard way, and how to operationalize their usage in support of IoT and web application initiatives. The company gained new capabilities, including the readiness to utilize new technologies as a competitive advantage to support key business initiatives.