The future of learning
Slalom provides dedicated teams of seasoned technologists, business advisors, data scientists, and change practitioners to help organizations achieve their most ambitious business goals. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, we can help you build your future, faster.
Our AWS-related education expertise spans infrastructure, development, and security. We can guide cloud adoption strategy for a more secure and scalable infrastructure. We can develop, modernize, or re-platform your critical applications—and accelerate integration with legacy applications, such as learning management systems (LMS) and student information systems (SIS). We can also support the delivery of education-specific data, information and insights; offer cost-cutting strategies for infrastructure; and enhance the security posture of operating environments via well-architected AWS cloud services.
Spelling out the data
Slalom helped Atlanta Public Schools (APS) move its Data + Information Group to the AWS cloud and create data dashboards that empower teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
The team repeatedly ran out of storage space or had trouble getting access to data sources in a timely fashion. They knew the answer lay in moving to the cloud and gaining the flexibility to scale and to push that valuable data out to parents and students, in a confidential way.
Security was, and is, a top priority, especially after a ransomware attack crippled the city of Atlanta. With granular controls in the AWS cloud, Slalom was able to help the team achieve compliance with a rigorous security management standard, ISO/IEC 27001, as well as Center for Internet Security (CIS) AWS Foundation Benchmark.
Having a secure platform in the AWS cloud also enables integration with the district's confidential student information system. As a result, APS will be able to push out secure student-level dashboards to parents and students in the upcoming school year.
Saving time and money
We helped Georgia State University's technology team lower infrastructure costs, learn how to build serverless applications, and eliminate manual upgrades and patching. Now they can spend less time and money maintaining and more time innovating.
A recent consolidation with a nearby college presented the perfect opportunity for change. As they rethought IT operations for the merger, Georgia State's technology team also looked for ways standardize their approach to building and maintaining applications.
Together, we re-designed the application using Typescript to deliver a mobile and web client based on Angular 2 and Ionic 2. Typescript-based backend APIs, built using AWS Lambda serverless compute service, grab data from the student information system based on the student’s authenticated identity. A custom domain name in Amazon API Gateway routes these requests to Serverless Framework APIs. Static content is delivered via Amazon CloudFront from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets. AWS CloudFormation simplifies provisioning and management of cloud infrastructure. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) is used for connectivity to on-premises identity and authentication servers.
The dashboard also provides single sign-on convenience for students thanks to successful integration with the university's on-premise OpenID service. The application architecture is highly available by default because of the geo-redundant nature of the AWS Cloud, ensuring that it is always there when students need it. AWS frees up time and resources for innovation. The time and effort previously spent patching, installing upgrades, and troubleshooting can now be spent on more high-value projects such as next-generation analytics and rapid and responsive solution development.
Cloud assessment with AMS
We helped an international education publisher and assessment service provider complete a POC and TCO analysis in order to accelerate global expansion and keep costs down.
We also needed to enable our client’s executives to make a “go forward” decision after completing an analysis of benefits, costs, and changes required for an operating model leveraging AWS Managed Services (AMS).
The TCO analysis found that a move to AWS will save the client $18.2M over the five-year period, a savings of 21% compared to investment in the on-premise environment. AWS will reduce annual run costs by $6.7M, with infrastructure operations contributing 77% of the recurring savings.