Project Description

Cox Automotive

Building a Modern Analytics Infrastructure to Support Business Growth

The Client

Cox Automotive is one of the world’s largest intermediaries in the used automotive marketplace with over $5 billion in revenues.

  • Industry: Media & Telecom

  • Location: United States

  • Receivables: $5 Billion

  • Employee Base: 33,000

The Challenge

3000+ automotive dealers use Cox Automotive’s products for real-time pricing, inventory risk management, and transportation to transact millions of vehicles. These products were powered by several analytical models which were being refined every day by a team of data scientists. With business growth, the analytical infrastructure was experiencing severe performance and uptime issues with no support for on-demand scaling.

Business Impact

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Annual Revenue Growth

Project Highlights

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Reduction in Operating Costs

Technology

Cloud

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Analytics

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Data Processing

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The Solution

Core Compete re-architected the analytical infrastructure to create a highly available, performant, and elastic cloud-based solution to enable:

  1. Real-time transactional API services
  2. An analytical platform for ad-hoc explorations and predictive modeling for data scientists
  3. Capabilities to execute batch workloads

Business Components

  • Engineered the system to support high-performance for account level profitability calculations using SAS
  • Serverless technologies such as AWS Lambda are now being utilized for a highly reliable system
  • Increased the uptime of the system to provide a 24/7/365 operational environment
  • Re-architected solution is delivering significant improvements in scalability, throughput, reliability, and flexibility

Technical Components

  • High availability architecture designed and deployed for all SAS and database infrastructure on AWS (Amazon Web Services)
  • All legacy data for mission-critical operations migrated using AWS Snowball and AWS database migration services with minimal disruptions to operations

Core Compete in Action

Core Compete designed and deployed a high availability and cost-effective architecture for all SAS components and database infrastructure and migrated the entire infrastructure to AWS with no impact to operations. Furthermore, all the historical data was migrated using AWS Snowball with continuous replications of the live databases on the cloud.

The modernized architecture was designed for high availability with elastic load balancing and auto scaling. It leverages a range of AWS services such as: EC2, EBS, RDS (Postgres), S3, ELB, and Lambda. Core Compete also built a custom monitoring solution for SAS application components to provide high availability. Cox Automotive is leveraging Core Compete’s Agile Analytics managed service offering 24×7 support for this mission-critical infrastructure along with on-going solution and infrastructure enhancements.

The project was executed in just 13 weeks. This project has given Cox Automotive a platform that not only address operational needs but also provides a sandbox for rapid business experimentation and analytical innovation. After the completion of the project, Cox Automotive has switched over to Core Compete’s Agile Analytics Managed Services.

The Result

Cox Automotive has experienced several benefits from the rearchitected solution such as:

  • Operational costs reduced due to simpler design and fewer components to achieve the required business outcomes
  • Near 100% uptime due to the high availability design enabling a superior customer experience
  • Elastic computing environment that seamlessly supports more than 100% Year over Year business growth
  • Increased flexibility to deploy new services and migrate additional workloads from other parts of the business

Solution Architecture

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  • Industry: Media & Telecom

  • Location: United States

  • Receivables: $5 Billion

  • Employee Base: 33,000

About The Client

Cox Automotive is one of the world’s largest intermediaries in the used automotive marketplace with over $5 billion in revenues.

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