Saving 40% MoM using cost-effective, streamlined software and testing environments


DSC needed a cost-effective “Scale on-demand” architecture solution to accommodate fifty new warehouse sites. Furthermore, application integration was required against legacy technologies and solutions. Given the client’s knowledge of Cloud technologies or implementations, TradeHelm stepped in with budget-friendly software development and testing environments to mimic production.


TradeHelm’s teams presented strategy, technology, and architecture to solve the client’s challenges. We used Amazon Web Services to locate all development, testing, and production environments providing instant scaling in a ”pay for what you use” model. Next, we brought in Docker and Ansible as configuration management and deployment tools, allowing seamless configuration launch. Finally, TradeHelm introduced world-class DevOps best practices and tools to DSC for continual program maintenance, including an automated testing framework.

Benefits + Results:

DSC now saves 40% on monthly hardware costs compared to previous years, and the new infrastructure allows DSC to duplicate its TradeHelm team size, work in parallel on multiple applications at once, and improve their time to market by 55%. Overall, DSC expanded its capabilities without rewriting or extending any of its legacy systems, saving $450K in development expenses.


“TradeHelm has given us access to development talent that we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to afford and has paired that with management suggestions and feedback that have been very helpful to us as we’ve had to make decisions about how best to grow our team and business. Their developers have done a great job of learning our product and business and we’ve been quite pleased with how our ‘near-shore’ experience has gone so far.”

– Matt Mitchell, Imagineer Technology Group

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