AWS Service Catalog Increases Developer Productivity, Business Responsiveness for BioTechnology Firm


Since its founding, this leading healthcare organization has been focused on improving the lives of people who are suffering. Through its use of best-in-class technology, it helps ensure safety, proper care, and best treatment options for patients in need. With a vision to respond to evolving healthcare challenges by providing its customers with superior technology and service, this healthcare organization is a leading innovator.


This healthcare organization aimed to further enhance its applications by implementing a microservices architecture and development model. The solution needed to build in high degrees of process automation and create repeatable, HIPAA compliant cloud infrastructure services. The team also desired greater visibility and agility to be more responsive to the business.


Together with Flux7, an AWS consulting partner, this organization’s IT team began building a service catalog that enables the development team to increase productivity by self-provisioning infrastructure that meets security and compliance requirements including critical separated role access. As in many organizations, this company’s development team was being tasked by the business to innovate more and more with its application — and database. The team realized that something needed to change in order to respond faster to the business. The decision was to move to a microservices environment. By breaking its single code base into small, individual services, the healthcare provider could much more flexibly and nimbly incorporate changes or introduce new services to the business.

A blueprint for the new microservices environment was created, with AWS ECS and Docker as the backbone. One of the initial concerns the team had was to create a new architecture and process flow that incorporated AWS automation, security controls, greater visibility, and repeatability of builds. As such, Flux7 recommended AWS Service Catalog to fill this role.

Flux7’s AWS Service Catalog solution brings the power of self-serve IT to this company’s AWS environment. In setting up the service catalog, Flux7 was able to identify the resources its development team would use most frequently in building its new microservices and went about the process of building an the catalog that would serve these common requests.

First, the AWS DevOps experts at Flux7 coded these common development products using AWS CloudFormation, which provides the ability to provision AWS services, provision software, setup configurations, and even create resources outside of AWS. Once the CloudFormation template was created for a given product, it was sent to the IT and Security teams for review and approval. In this manner, consistency of security controls was applied to each solution that became an approved service catalog item.

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