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Turing Group Named
AWS Managed Service Partner & Advanced Consulting Partner
March 17, 2016
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Turing Group, a fast-growing provider of cloud management and custom software solutions for private and public sector organizations, today announced that it has been designated an audited Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). This designation follows Turing Group’s successful completion of a rigorous, third-party validation audit, covering how partners should plan, build, integrate, operate, optimize and provide security and services on AWS.
According to AWS, those designated as AWS Managed Service Partners must be “skilled at cloud infrastructure and application migration, and deliver value to customers by offering proactive monitoring, automation and management of their customer’s environment.”
We are thrilled to be the first AWS Managed Service Partner,
headquartered in Chicago.
About Turing Group
A Mind For Business
Turing Group is a refined strategy and IT partner that helps companies flourish in a complicated world. From the highest level strategic consulting to the most finicky day-to-day maintenance, we help you discover ways to grow through technology every day.
Whether you’re a Fortune 500 or barebones startup, we serve clients looking for a smarter, more individualized approach to technology—grounded at every step in your business goals. We strive to make the complex simple for results that are lasting and profound.
Alan Turing is the British philosopher, mathematician, and logician perhaps best known as the “father of computer science” and man whose code-breaking genius helped the allies win WWII.
While teaching quantum mechanics at Cambridge, he created the Turing machine, putting form to the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation.” Though a simple device, it has since made possible everything from our smartphones to space travel to the internet.
He was a brilliant iconoclast who paid little heed to conventions, and his contributions were equal parts scientific genius and practical possibility—equal parts truth and beauty.
Every day, we strive to offer our clients that same balance of deep insight, practicality, and longevity.
A mindful approach to business technologies
AWS Managed Cloud
The Sky's The Limit
Turing Group has the pleasure of being the only Amazon Managed Service Partner in the Chicago area.
The Amazon Managed Service Program identifies Turing Group as a partner who meets the high standards of Amazon Web Services, and who possesses deep AWS knowledge in conjunction with the right IT service management capability to deliver a robust fully managed cloud platform. Additionally, Turing Group staff carry key AWS design and architecture certifications.
As an MSP, Turing Group provides value to it’s customers by offering 24x7 proactive monitoring, automation, and management of their Amazon environments.
But, Turing Group goes beyond the requirements of the AWS MSP program and offers a set of tools and applications that provide:
Custom software development is a core element of Turing Group. We believe in delivering high quality, scalable, easy-to-use and highly available applications that enhance your business by improving efficiencies and increasing revenue.
We’ve built complex web applications, sophisticated data APIs and scalable real-time applications that publish data to hundreds of thousands of users, instantaneously. We work side-by-side with business leaders in finance, healthcare, construction and technology.
The Turing Group software consulting services offering incorporates user experience, service layer abstraction, database design, administrative interfaces, and real-time systems for cloud-deployed application architecture, SaaS solutions, integration and mobile applications.
To ensure solutions are delivered on time, on budget and according to spec, our user experience designers, software engineers and project managers will work with you every step of the process:
We learn about your business, your vision and your goals. Through this process we develop a set of comprehensive application requirements that can be used to drive timelines, prototype designs and budget.
Design and Prototype
During this phase we develop some preliminary designs and prototype small parts of the application for testing and verification, and to clarify how an application might work or feel. Prototypes often reveal hidden assumptions that might haunt the process later.
Turing Group follows the SCRUM development process: we work in short two to three week sprints and publish code to a staging environment for ongoing review. This ensures the development is in line with your vision and allows the process to evolve with changing ideas. Our development philosophy and deployment strategy is based around a DevOps model that allows for continuous deployments, testing and automation.
User Acceptance Testing
As sprints are completed, we vet the output through ongoing user testing. Testing helps to identify potential bugs, validate any hidden assumptions we might have made during the early phases of development, and allows us to pivot if needed.
Applications built by Turing Group can be delivered in any number of ways: we can hand off a source code repository, deploy an application in a client-owned environment - or anything in between. We also offer a turn-key, fully hosted and managed platform in AWS with round-the-clock support as an option for all applications we develop.
Maintenance and Support
We stand behind and believe in what we build for you. Once initial development has been completed, we have many options for providing ongoing support and maintenance to keep building and enhancing your application as your business evolves.
We are primarily a Linux development shop, and focus on Python and Ruby as core programing languages for back-end development. We also work with .NET where appropriate.
On the front-end we have expertise in Angular, React, Backbone and Imba, among others. We are also fully versed in developing on the AWS web services platform, including Lambda, Data Pipeline and others.
DevOps is a philosophy of software development and infrastructure management.
Traditionally these parts of IT were considered to be separate and distinct components of an enterprise technology group. We’ve abandoned that old way of thinking and merged them into one continuous process and idea.
Turing Group believes that software developers and infrastructure engineers should collaborate and communicate on every level of the technology stack. Through this collaboration we can automate the process of delivery and change management, while delivering applications that are aligned with their underlying infrastructure.
We have cultivated a DevOps team who are experts in continuous integration, operations automation, blue-green deployment strategies and process definition to facilitate fast enterprise application development, deployment and testing through a set of industry-standard tools and processes. They can work with you automate application deployments without downtime, improve release testing and reduce deployment cycle timeframes.
Turing Group can help your enterprise adopt a DevOps culture and approach, to better leverage the resources you have, and increase efficiencies.
Our founders have worked side-by-side as IT executives for nearly 20 years in the demanding healthcare and finance industries. In that time, they developed a leading-edge model for business technology that blends intelligent sophistication with a conscientious attention to detail.
Technology Architecture & Engineering and Design
Eric is a seasoned technology executive with a vision sharpened over 20 years in competitive, fast-moving industries. He has developed software, designed complex global infrastructures, and managed large technology installations for international pharmaceutical companies and private capital firms.
He has a comprehensive background in infrastructure design and integration (including business mergers, spinoffs, acquisitions, and start-ups), and has been credited with reducing budgets by millions while adding inherent value to existing departments through excellence in staff and deployment.
Eric is also AWS Certified.
Project Management and Oversight
Highly adept in complex process and project direction, Brendan is a hands-on leader with a record of shepherding ambitious initiatives from plan to implementation without a hiccup. Whether mapping processes across multiple teams or overseeing the vision and direction for demanding industries like finance and health care, Brendan's combination of business insight and aggressive attention to detail keeps things focused, on track, and on budget.
A natural communicator, he helps companies navigate challenges with calm confidence, and his easy manner makes for skillful collaborations and lasting relationships.
We value our people and culture above all.
Stories of Successful Solutions
About Duo Consulting
Established in 1999, Duo Consulting is one of Chicago’s most notable digital agencies. In business for over 20 years, Duo has evolved with its industry – from basic document and web content management to providing cutting edge marketing automation solutions today. A cornerstone of their offering is as a premier agency for the development of best-in-class Drupal sites and solutions. We here at Turing Group think their work is pretty great and we are happy to partner with them to provide innovative hosting and infrastructure solutions whenever we have the opportunity.
When it comes to design and development, Duo does some pretty amazing things. They have built their team of developers, content strategists, user interface and experience gurus and designers to continue to innovate in the marketing automation space.
Duo hosted all of their client’s Drupal sites and gigabytes of data served each month. That meant they needed to maintain their own local datacenter, redundant Internet connections and qualified staff to manage and operate both the datacenter and systems. Additionally, running a datacenter required costly, time-consuming upgrades to both servers and datacenter infrastructure.
Hosting these innovative solutions, however, was not in their core DNA. In fact, worrying about hosting was the last thing this growing firm wanted to focus on. Duo’s goal, when they first contacted Turing Group, was to offload their hosting operations and eliminate their datacenter altogether. The lease on Duo’s office came up for renewal, providing the perfect opportunity for Duo to migrate to the cloud.
After learning about Duo’s business, listening to and understanding their particular pain points and their desire to move away from the traditional datacenter model, Turing Group was chosen as the right partner to lead the cloud migration and vendor selection process. We understood traditional datacenter operations and helped define a clear path from their current hosting platforms to a modern, cost-effective solution built on AWS.
Some of Duo’s brightest devs and Turing Group’s most talented engineers converged on a conference room in the West Loop to start plotting the future of Duo’s Drupal hosting stack and what we came up with was extremely exciting.
Turing Group planned the migration of Duo’s datacenter to Amazon’s AWS cloud infrastructure, spreading Duo’s infrastructure across Amazon availability zones to ensure redundancy and high-availability, utilizing AWS EC2, VPC, S3, SES, RDS. Turing Group provides managed services to monitor and support Duo’s AWS infrastructure 24x7.
In addition to deploying tools and resources that allow Duo to focus more on their core offering, Turing Group is excited about the security and scalability built in to this new hosting platform. We are not so sure Duo really cares about this (they just expect it to work) but multidimensional scaling, client segregation and an unwavering commitment to security are some of the things that really get us going here!
In all seriousness, though, a well-architected hosting environment is no longer a pipedream or a nice to have. As sites randomly come under attack and the general ebb and flow of traffic marches on, it is important to focus on how best to deal with these scenarios. These topics may be behind-the-scenes to companies like Duo but they are forefront to Turing Group and intelligent design allows us to navigate the minefield that is hosting.
That first move to the cloud was a success and stood as a rock solid example of what the cloud, Turing Group and AWS had to offer. Since then, the relationship between Turing Group and Duo evolved – often resembling much more a partnership between complimentary firms than a traditional client/vendor relationship.
The Business Benefits
Because Duo is a creative digital design agency, they did not have qualified IT staff with deep experience and knowledge of running high volume Drupal sites in the Cloud. The engineers they did have were only familiar with managing a legacy datacenter. Duo needed a team of experts to bridge this gap in talent, and a cloud service provider capable of scaling and flexing to Duo’s changing needs. Turing Group were those experts, and after a comprehensive search for an accomplished cloud vendor, AWS became the cloud provider for its ease of integration, cost effectiveness, and ability to launch within days.
Completing the AWS migration before Duo moved to their new office meant the move was simple and easy.
The environment Turing Group built is completely customized to Duo’s workflow, using off-the-shelf solutions and building custom tools to ease the development and deployment processes. This will allow Duo resources to develop more and manage their environment less. We are pretty sure our industry would call this DevOps. That sounds fine to us but we prefer to think of it as smart business.
By replacing its datacenter foot print with Turing Group’s end-to-end solution for transitioning to the cloud, Duo has:
By eliminating the need for technical datacenter staff and engineers, Duo’s team can stay focused on what they do best rather than managing servers and datacenter infrastructure.
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Industry: Digital Agency / Marketing
About Gorilla Group
Established in 1994, Gorilla Group is a full service technology, design agency and hosting provider that provides a full suite of services with a strong focus on high volume and high profile e-commerce customers. Their clients include enterprise companies such as Garret Popcorn, SPS, London Fog, Paypal and Shure.
Gorilla was hosting many high volume e-commerce clients on a legacy virtualization platform and was limited by it’s ability to grow and scale with their clients needs on a real-time basis. Additionally, the existing environment was fragile and complex to manage and consequently Gorilla was struggling to meet their client’s dynamic needs.
Armed with some fundamental, initial research, Gorilla made an attempt to internally manage the migration of dozens of high profile E-commerce sites within their environment to Amazon Web Services, with no downtime. Several months in to the effort, when their odds for success became significantly challenged by lack of internal knowledge and experience with the AWS platform, Gorilla engaged Turing Group, an Amazon Services Consulting Partner, to audit their existing AWS environment and take the reins to complete the migration.
Turing Group senior architects worked closely with Gorilla internal IT staff to develop a detailed understanding of Gorilla’s unique requirements and goals. Once the discovery project was complete, Turing Group delivered a detailed recommendation, project plan and implementation plan that allowed Gorilla to migrate their entire e-commerce infrastructure to AWS in weeks, not months. Additionally, Turing Group provided documentation and training to all Gorilla internal staff, enabling a full hand-off of the platform and enabling Gorilla to take complete ownership of the new elastic and resilient hosting stack.
The Business Benefits
By migrating to AWS, Gorilla was able to decrease the standard time frame for new client deployments to hours, down from two to three weeks. These new client environments are now based on a common set of standards and templates, so supporting different clients is simpler and solutions to problems come in minutes instead of hours.
Additionally, Gorilla was able to pass on lower hosting costs and more predictable spend to its clients while maintain the ability to scale in real-time in response to busy buying seasons that have major traffic spikes.
Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Industry: Digital Agency / Marketing
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Caring For Community
Just as we help clients realize their full potential through technology, we're also committed to bettering the communities in which we work and live.
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