How the FEA Modernizes Legacy Applications With Minimal Strain [Case Study]

The Federal Employment Agency uses DC/OS to modernize its business processes and online offerings.
The Federal Employment Agency uses DC/OS to modernize its business processes and online offerings.

If there’s a company that understands the power of digital transformation, it’s the Federal Employment Agency (FEA). The company offers job and training placement, career and employer counselling, and unemployment benefits to hundreds of employers across over 600 agencies and branch offices nationwide.

To understand the market and offer tailor-made and need-based services for its employers, the FEA was laser focused on modernizing their business processes, expanding their online offerings, and deploying user-friendly tools. While this offered many opportunities for the FEA, it posed an immense challenge for its IT team.

As Ralf Ernst, Senior IT Architect, explained, “[We were utilizing] monolithic applications which took a large amount of resources. The switchover…to microservices was necessary to effectively manage the now numerous smaller systems and services needed for our 2020 initiative.”

When searching for a new solution, efficiency, assignability, and flexibility were key factors in making their decision. Because the FEA was charged with modernizing the business, while still remaining in compliance with security standards and other regulations, Mesosphere DC/OS was the perfect fit.

With DC/OS, the FEA introduced a private cloud in order to meet their online requirements through performance, availability, and faster deployment. And after successfully implementing DC/OS for their digital transformation initiatives, deployment costs were significantly reduced and the flexibility of use significantly increased. Today, DC/OS is now the primary container platform the agency leverages to use IT resources efficiently.

“We are producing more and more business processes electronically,” said Ernst. “With the introduction of a containers-as-a-service platform, we are creating a basis for further flexible development of the [FEA’s] e-government activities.”

For more insights on how the FEA is making the most of DC/OS, download the full case study.