Mortgage Advice Bureau

Simplifying DevOps for greater transparency between application development and IT operations teams

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The Mortgage Advice Bureau is the leading mortgage intermediary brand in the UK. With over 2,000 advisers located throughout the country, the company facilitates over £27.3bn in loans and a market share of 7.5% of new mortgage lending.

The Mortgage Advice Bureau enlisted GrowCreate to provide Cloud Consulting and DevOps Transformation services, with the goal of implementing round-the-clock monitoring and support for their mission-critical customer-facing web solution. This involved delivering Azure infrastructure and hosting specifically tailored to the Mortgage Advice Bureau's multi-site solution.

Simplifying DevOps for greater transparency between application development and IT operations teams

DevOps aims to improve communication, collaboration, integration, visibility, and transparency between development and operations teams throughout the lifecycle. This drives continuous customer feedback, leading to more rapid and continual feature changes or additions.

Our DevOps Transformation service is designed to promote business innovation, drive continuous process improvement, and enable faster delivery of value.

The Mortgage Advice Bureau has benefited from an optimised Cloud Solution and DevOps by receiving:

  • Expert consultation on architecting Mortgage Advice Bureau’s cloud solution on Microsoft Azure
  • An ongoing operation model managed through our dedicated Umbraco Support team
  • A more stable operating environment with greater scalability and availability

DevOps methods to accelerate and improve development and product releases

We have accelerated and improved development and product releases for the Mortgage Advice Bureau by introducing Agile development, specifically Scrum. This includes workflows, specific terminology (such as sprints, time boxes, and daily stand-ups), and roles (such as Scrum Master and Product Owner). This has enabled:

  • Better resource utilisation
  • Faster product delivery and issue resolution
  • Greater visibility into solution outcomes

DevOps practices for continuous improvement and automation

  1. Continuous development encompasses the planning and coding phases of the DevOps lifecycle.
  2. Mortgage Advice Bureau uses Continuous Integration (CI) with configuration management tools to monitor production-ready code. This approach allows for fast identification and resolution of code issues through rapid feedback between testing and development.
  3. Continuous delivery automates code changes to the Mortgage Advice Bureau staging environment before the GrowCreate team promotes the code to production.
  4. Continuous Deployment (CD) automates the release of new or modified code into production, enabling continuous deployment by maintaining code consistency across deployment platforms and environments.
  5. Continuous monitoring of both the code in operation and the infrastructure provides bug and issue reporting that feeds back to development.

GrowCreate and DevOps

GrowCreate offers DevOps as a Service and Managed Cloud for your .Net applications. We assist clients and internal development teams in delivering high-quality solutions by providing a dedicated DevOps resource. Our DevOps workflows make it easy for developers to create reliable applications in predictable environments.

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