From Aspiration to Action: Begin Implementing the Serverless Cloud

The Steps to a Serverless Action Plan

Step 1: Mobilize and prepare your team

  • A legacy system SME
  • A legacy system architect
  • A business analyst who can track requirements, epics, stories, and timelines
  • An AWS architect or architects
  • AWS Lambda developers who can code in your organization’s language of choice (NodeJS, Java, Python, etc.)
  • Optionally, for new AWS environments: AWS admins who are familiar with Identity Access Management (IAM), account setup, and management on AWS

Step 2: Ensure your prerequisites are in order

Step 3: Characterize your interfaces

  • An internal process that only a few consumers are using
  • A non-mission-critical API that allows access to data
  • A greenfield interface or process that can be developed from scratch on AWS
  • An initial entry point — like an API — that can help extend the life or the capabilities of an existing system. For instance, the entry point might help with throttling requests, security, or act as a centralized access point for the back end

Step 4: Deconstruct and engineer

  • Layout all of the requirements; this is especially important if you’ll be creating new functionality
  • Design the process and interaction with the legacy system
  • Create the architectural diagrams for the system interactions with AWS and the legacy system, as well as within the serverless cloud itself
  • Create epics and stories if using an Agile methodology — Big Compass’s preferred tool for this is Jira
  • Align the developers to the Jira stories
  • Develop to the use cases defined
  • Test with the legacy system SME and AWS architects to ensure end-to-end feasibility, including regression testing against the old system’s functionality
  • Deploy to AWS
  • Migrate the service’s consumers, if necessary, such as API consumers
  • Measure new metrics in AWS
  • Create consumable dashboards, such as CloudWatch Dashboards





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Aaron’s passion for technology drives him to find innovative ways to help advance organizations through technology.

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