Feb 16, 2017 | 3 min read

Application Migration to the Cloud

By: Patrick Emmons

Application Migration to the Cloud

The Client & The Challenge:

CornerstoneCornerstone Appraisal Services is an affiliate company of the CIS Group, which is the largest supplier of field underwriting services in the United States. Cornerstone performs inspections and assessments of high-value residential properties in order to determine their value under an insurance policy.

As part of their daily operations, Cornerstone’s employees rely on STARS, a web-based extranet portal that manages interactions between the company and its customers and tracks the current slate of home inspections. In order to update the portal and take advantage of new technologies, Cornerstone wanted to migrate the STARS application from on-premises hosting to cloud hosting with Microsoft Azure.

Cornerstone’s other goals for the project included:

  • Upgrading web and SQL servers from Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005
  • Taking advantage of a cloud platform that had built-in DDoS protection
  • Reducing the costs of hosting and maintenance for STARS
  • Increasing the portal’s flexibility and scalability

The Solution & The Results:

DragonSpears collaborated closely with Cornerstone in order to tailor a solution that would best accomplish their goals. The process included:

  • Evaluating and comparing various cloud service and hosting options, ultimately selecting Microsoft Azure as the best choice.
  • Reviewing the STARS application to determine its suitability for migration from on-premises hosting to the cloud.
  • Developing and following a roadmap to cloud migration.

DragonSpears and Cornerstone were able to achieve everything they set out to accomplish. As a result, benefits enjoyed by Cornerstone include:

  • Ability to take advantage of the latest Azure cloud features, such as mobile access, BI and analytics, backups and disaster recovery.
  • The Windows and SQL servers upgrades contribute to a highly secure application that is faster and more efficient.
  • The STARS application has become more scalable, allowing room for future growth during periods of high demand.
  • STARS now achieves at least 99.95% availability.
  • Moving from on-premises to a cloud solution has led to decreased hosting and maintenance costs. Passing the responsibility for maintenance and technical support to DragonSpears freed Cornerstone’s IT team to work on other projects.

As a strategic partner of Cornerstone, DragonSpears’ continued thought leadership presented a Cloud solution that gave us the reliability we were looking for and led us to a successful migration.

- Brent Lintz, VP of Information Technology at CIS Group, LLC

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About Patrick Emmons

If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support.