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Our P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform-led Consulting, Engineering and Validation solutions help prevent and rapidly resolve Performance, Availability, Scalability and Security (P-A-S-S™) related issues across the technology stack. Our Development P-A-S-S™ Engineering solution helps to engineer applications with high P-A-S-S™ and prevent late discovery of P-A-S-S™ failures in a development program. For IT systems/applications in production systems, our Managed P-A-S-S™ Assurance solution helps to proactively and continuously improve QoS(quality of service) and prevent failures.  Migration P-A-S-S™ Assurance solution helps to proactively mitigate P-A-S-S™ risks during migration/upgrades.

DEVELOPMENT P-A-S-S™ ASSURANCE

Proactively engineer an application or product for high Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) and prevent late discovery of P-A-S-S™ failures in a development program.

You have a vision to develop an innovative application or product that will get you ahead of your competition and accelerate your business growth. However, the big questions on your mind are:

  • Will your application experience Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) issues after you go-live?
  • Will business timelines be impacted by delayed discovery of P-A-S-S™ issues requiring further re-work?
  • Will you get an optimally engineered application which delivers a faster user experience and ensures high productivity for both employees and external users while being cost efficient?

Avekshaa's Development P-A-S-S™ Assurance solutions will help address these concerns and enable you to take bold business decisions confidently, without having to worry about P-A-S-S™ issues.

Using Avekshaa's unique and core technology platform, the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform, we identify and solve serious Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) issues much earlier in the development cycle, starting as early when only 10% development is done, versus the industry norm of uncovering performance issues after 80% of the development is done. Thus we help build confidence early for a smooth go-live experience. Customers are also assured that their application and entire IT platform will perform and scale in the manner that supports the vagaries and growth of their business.

The Avekshaa Development P-A-S-S™ Assurance solution helps build applications that are designed and architected for high performance, availability, security and scalability, thereby assuring the highest level of software quality.

The solution scope covers both new development and re-engineering programs, and is well suited for all types of software development methodologies, from waterfall to agile, from rapid application development to DevOps. Whether it is straightforward application development, or a more complex program integrating multiple COTS (commercial-of-the-shelf) products, Avekshaa is the right partner.

Our Approach

  • Avekshaa provides a proactive approach that starts early in the SDLC to ensure that performance, availability, scalability and security are actively developed for, rather than retrofitted as an afterthought.
  • We align our activities with the development life cycle to prevent and eliminate the risks that are introduced at every stage.
  • We apply process rigour by using Avekshaa's Development P-A-S-S™ Assurance methodology.
  • As a first activity, we work with both the business and the technology teams to define and rationalize P-A-S-S™ goals.
  • Our architecture and design review activities weed out Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) issues introduced during the architecture and design phase, instead of leaving them to be found during the Performance Testing phase.
  • Our pioneering COM-P-A-S-S™ product (part of the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform) is used to predict the Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability of the application much earlier in the development cycle, through software execution models. This further enables us to identify and recommend changes for developing highly scalable architecture and high performance design.
  • During the code development stage, we define coding guidelines for high performance software. Our automated code review toolsets plug into your build cycle and continuously identify the Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) bugs at the source, during the build process.
  • Early in the development life cycle, we help in defining a robust test strategy tuned to the software development model. During the system-integration-testing, we quickly identify the P-A-S-S™ bottlenecks across the technology stack, recommend solutions and provide support for their implementation.
  • During the pre-go-live and go-live we continuously optimize the application and the entire IT stack.
  • We enable a successful go-live of the application and optimize it further wherever possible, through our production support activities. We integrate the development cycle with the IT operations, enabling us to apply lessons learned during the development phase to the production phase.

Performance Assurance project for a major Telecom company for their large scale 4G Music Streaming and Delivery Platform with a 50 million user base and 5 million concurrent users

Key benefits delivered to the customer:

  • The Development P-A-S-S™ methodology contributed significant and quantifiable performance improvements, in addition to streamlining development and deployment by catching P-A-S-S™ defects early in the lifecycle.
  • Avekshaa's Development P-A-S-S™ Assurance solutions ensured that components were performance tested and scaled to support a 50 million subscriber base and a concurrency of 5 million
  • The challenges of integrating COTS and Open source products, each with different performance characteristics and scalability factors, were successfully managed from a P-A-S-S™ perspective.
  • After optimization, the music streaming application was 4 times faster than the competition and the response time was 6 times better.
  • 67 P-A-S-S™ recommendations across the technology stack were shared and implemented.
  • 60% average improvement in response times after tuning key scenarios during component tests.
MANAGED P-A-S-S™ ASSURANCE

Proactively and continuously improve Quality of Service (QoS) of IT systems and applications in production and prevent P-A-S-S™ failures.

As your business grows rapidly, the IT systems and applications in the live production environment also undergo continuous change in terms of change requests (CRs), volume growth, workload patterns changes, version upgrades, etc. These changes can often affect and degrade Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) levels. At times, such issues can result in unplanned downtime if timely action is not taken. Such issues adversely impact user productivity and customer service, resulting in a poor customer experience. This can translate into loss of customers, revenues and profitability.

Avekshaa's Managed P-A-S-S™ Assurance solutions help address these concerns and enable you to focus on your business while Avekshaa takes care of the QoS of your IT systems and applications. Furthermore, we fortify your production IT systems and applications so they can comfortably handle spikes in business activities.

Our Managed P-A-S-S™ Assurance Solution helps proactively manages the production IT environment by providing stakeholders with assured and continuous improvements in the QoS, and significantly reduce failures and unplanned downtime of the systems. Our solution helps improve the predictability and reliability of IT systems and applications across the entire technology stack, avoiding surprises and ensuring that the production applications and IT systems are always available and highly optimised. We deliver consistent and successful results by using Avekshaa's unique and core technology platform, the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform.

The solution scope covers all business critical applications, COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) products and complex IT systems involving multi-vendor production environments. Our solution is well suited for all types of production environments, including legacy and new technologies like mobile, cloud, analytics, ultra-scale computing (grid), and newer digital implementations.

Our Approach

  • At the start of the engagement we establish a baseline of the P-A-S-S™ management maturity of the current IT systems in production, by using Avekshaa's proprietary P-A-S-S™ Maturity model, focussing on proactive management of issues, predictive capabilities, current Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) levels, etc.
  • Once the current maturity level is base-lined, we define progressive goals for improvements in both processes and P-A-S-S™ levels. We apply process rigour by using Avekshaa's Managed P-A-S-S™ Assurance methodology.
  • In the initial phase, we define and implement the best P-A-S-S™ monitoring and assurance strategy. As a next step, we get down to resolving current chronic P-A-S-S™ issues and provide time bound resolutions.
  • We bring in predictive capabilities by using our pioneering COM-P-A-S-S™ product (part of the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform), which predicts the performance, availability, security and scalability of the IT systems and application on an ongoing basis. This enables us to identify issues well before they are reported by end users, and also recommend and implement changes for maintaining the highest levels of QoS.
  • We ensure a continuous focus on CRs since we well understand their negative impact on your business. We implement an ongoing CR gating which continuously analyses all change requests and ensures that no bugs are introduced into the production environment, while ensuring CRs are engineered to support the highest P-A-S-S™ levels. This also enables us to integrate and apply the learnings of the maintenance phase to the production phase in an ongoing manner.
  • Our ongoing focus on workload and system capacity levels ensures that you are never caught off-guard.
  • In the event of any production issues being reported, our SWAT team quickly analyses and addresses them so that your business is not impacted. Fast responses and results by the SWAT team are accelerated by our P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform that supports analysis across the entire technology stack.
  • We continuously and proactively evaluate and implement suitable changes to the design and architecture of the IT systems and applications to sustain and improve performance, availability, security and scalability levels.
  • Our Knowledge Portal captures all the issues and their resolutions so that anti-patterns can be identified, and prevented or fixed across the enterprise.

Key Benefits:

Business Benefits

  • Predictable IT leading to improved business confidence and client experience
    • Reduced IT failures.
    • Better consistency of IT systems.
  • Faster IT systems leading to increased efficiency and higher revenue and profits
    • Fast online transactions closure (lower drop rates).
    • Happier clients due to better end user experience.
    • Improved employee productivity and increased client interactions.
  • Better business/IT risk mitigation through Maker-Checker concept.

Technical benefits:

  • System availability improvements.
  • Response time improvements.
  • Reduction in end user complaints due to performance and scalability issues.
  • Proactive identification of performance and scalability bugs.
  • Reduction in MTTR Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability issues
MIGRATION P-A-S-S™ ASSURANCE

Proactively Mitigate Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) risks during migration and upgrade of IT systems and ensure optimal performance and efficiency.

Enterprises have to keep pace with ever changing technology to stay competitive and deliver a superior customer experience. When IT systems and applications are upgraded or migrated, it is imperative that there are no businesses disruptions post the go-live phase. Additionally, it is vital to ensure that upgraded IT systems have optimal performance and efficiency.

Avekshaa's Migration P-A-S-S™ Assurance solution helps customers to proactively prevent and resolve Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) issues and eliminate the business risks inherent in migrating or upgrading to a new IT system. The goal is to move to the target system without hassles and with optimal performance and efficiency.

The solution scope covers all types of migrations of IT systems and applications, involving some or all layers of the technology stack, and also includes COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) product migrations.

Our Approach

  • Avekshaa provides a proactive approach that starts early in the migration life cycle to ensure that performance, availability, scalability and security goals are progressively and proactively achieved, rather than retrofitted as an afterthought.
  • Our Migration P-A-S-S™ Assurance methodology helps us apply process rigour to identify risky elements of a migration program and define a mitigation strategy for them.
  • We do architecture and design reviews to ensure that Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) issues are not injected into the system during any stage of the migration life cycle.
  • We review customized code in the application since our experience suggests that customized components are the most likely sources of performance, availability, security and scalability issues.
  • We ensure that the system is thoroughly tested for performance, availability, security and scalability before deployment. Early in the migration life cycle, we defining a robust P-A-S-S™ testing strategy and plan. We align our expert team of Performance architects and engineers who are trained on Avekshaa P-A-S-S™ Optimization methodology (part of P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform) to swiftly identify and fix issues that manifest during the P-A-S-S™ testing exercises.
  • Our go-live support provides continuous focus on Migrated IT system performance, availability and scalability levels to ensure that you are never caught off-guard.
  • After the migrated IT system goes live, we continue to support our customers. In the exceptional case of production issues being reported, our SWAT team swiftly analyses and addresses them. Our rapid response is accelerated by our P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform that supports analysis across the entire technology stack ensuring that the move to the target system is executed with optimal performance, efficiency and without risk to your business.
  • After the go-live and during production support, we continue to optimize the technology stack further wherever there is potential, so that migrated IT system continues to deliver peak performance, availability, security and scalability.

Successful migration from legacy to next-gen Finacle™ stack with single-day cutover across 461 branches and 851 ATMs

Key Benefits:

  • Avekshaa Migration P-A-S-S™ Assurance program ensured that Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) related risks were proactively identified and covered, and thus helped the migration to be completed smoothly.
  • Migration was completed with zero defects post the go-live phase.
  • More than 80 P-A-S-S™ recommendations across the technology stack (MQ, database, ESB, customized code, core banking product, hardware infrastructure, load balancer, WAS, etc.) provided and implemented.
  • Avekshaa also helped optimize the system to support the forecasted growth for the next 3 years.

Avekshaa also provided performance benchmarks for forecasted growth for 3 years (without any additional hardware).

PRODUCT SCALE UP

Enables product companies to build scalable products

You are developing a world-class product that will take your business up to totally different levels. However, the big questions on your mind are:

  • Will your product be able to scale up to unpredictable market demands?
  • Will performance, availability, security and scalability issues cripple the user experience at high volumes and with unpredictable loads?
  • Will you get an optimally engineered product which delivers a faster user experience and ensures high productivity for both employees and external users while being cost efficient?
  • How do I convince my stakeholders that the product is ready for the big launch from a scalability stand-point?

Avekshaa's Product Scale-Up Assurance solutions help address some of the above concerns and provide Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) goal-based services to clients looking to scale up their product for commercial deployment. New products gain better market share and therefore better VC valuations if they are able to meet the scalability requirements of the top-tier clients in their customer segments. Our solution ensures that the product meets predetermined P-A-S-S™ requirements.

We deliver consistent and successful results by using Avekshaa's unique and core technology platform, the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform.

The solution scope covers both new and existing products, and is well suited for all types of product development methodologies, from waterfall to agile, from extreme programming to DevOps.

Our Approach

  • As a first activity, we work with the customer to define and rationalize P-A-S-S™ goals. In case of an existing product we baseline the current P-A-S-S™ levels and agree on new goals.
  • We apply process rigour by using Avekshaa's Development P-A-S-S™ Assurance methodology.
  • We focus on the architectural elements of the product to ensure that the application is inherently performance-enabled and scalable. Our architecture review methodology helps identify the risks, the trade-offs and sensitivities in the architecture.
  • We leverage technology advances as well as our experience across complex hyper-scale applications to recommend architectural alternatives to address gaps in the existing design.
  • We also focus on design pattern and coding standards to ensure that appropriate solutions are applied to scale up the product to the required levels.
  • We combine automated and manual reviews that seamlessly hook into your build process.
  • We actively work as a part of your team to implement the scaling techniques. We also benchmark the application at expected loads so that the Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) levels are verified for the target platform and workload.
  • Our pioneering COM-P-A-S-S™ product (part of the P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform) is used for predicting Performance, Availability, Security and Scalability (P-A-S-S™) levels at hypothetical workloads to arrive at the scalability factor of the system for future workloads.
  • We enable a successful delivery of product which is highly scalable and efficient, and meets the requirements of your largest potential client

Assessing scalability of the largest Payment Gateway in Asia to handle 500% increase in transaction volumes

Key Benefits:

Avekshaa was engaged to assess whether the cloud-based gateway (Weblogic App server, Solaris, Oracle DB) could handle a 500% increase in transaction volumes. Avekshaa helped ensure that the application and environment were fully optimized using Avekshaa's Performance Optimization Methodology from P-A-S-S™ Assurance Platform. Additionally Avekshaa's unique Performance modelling product COMP-A-S-STM was used build empirical software models to assess the scalability of the application at expected workload.

  • Multiple daily server reboots were eliminated entirely
  • Response time improvement of 2 times during peak hours
  • Performance modelling product COMP-A-S-S™ was used to build system and software execution models to predict the response time for anticipated workload conditions. The product helped in identifying the potential bottleneck devices at expected load.