“As a growing company in an industry moved by rapidly changing political considerations, we needed the agility that only a fully managed cloud platform like Windows Azure can provide.”
- Luke Spikes, Chief Executive Officer, Spikes Cavell.
Business Needs: Government organizations worldwide are grappling with the need to reduce spending and introduce greater fiscal transparency into their operations. However, delivering on this mandate is easier said than done. Explains Luke Spikes, Chief Executive Officer of Spikes Cavell: “One major obstacle to reform is that many public sector entities use separate, nonintegrated systems to track purchases across different departments. This makes it difficult to measure procurement efficiency and drive the delivery of savings in any meaningful way…”
Solution: Beginning in September 2009, developers at Spikes Cavell used the Microsoft Visual Studio development system to create the solution that the company now markets as spotlightonspend. Based on Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server, this online solution uses Microsoft Silverlight browser plug-in technology to render user interface components. Initially, the company used Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) to host spotlightonspend. However, executives found that the need to continuously update and reconfigure servers inhibited developer productivity and the company’s responsiveness to new market opportunities…
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