We’re glad to announce the work we did with UCAS last year has won the first ever UK Cloud Award for a public sector project. The award recognised UCAS's “Track in the Cloud” as an innovative and successful project delivered using cloud infrastructure.
When we were approached by UCAS for this project, it was clear that we were dealing with one of their most critical public-facing tools, accessed by thousands of prospective UK university students with massive usage peaks around certain events in the academic calendar. UCAS wanted the new site to be stable enough to handle hundreds of concurent logins per second, but also to be clear and intuitive so that students can get all the information they need without having to phone up for clarifications. As we found out while working on the project, migrating such critical infrastructure to the cloud is a massively complex undertaking - but everything had to be built and tested to a very fixed deadline: A-Level Results Day. Our accelerated design framework allowed us to work very closely with developers and internal stakeholders, which meant that we were able to deliver a great user experience whilst keeping to tight deadlines.
When UCAS launched their updated tool it not only performed with amazing stability, but it also received very high satisfaction ratings by its users. We’re glad to have played a part in this and we congratulate UCAS for their well-deserved award! If you want a more in-depth run down of the work we did for UCAS you can read the case study.