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Nationwide School Board Association

Project: Create an e-Commerce marketplace enabling school district and government agency access to over 2,000 approved vendors

  • Nexus Cognitive Chief Technology Officer, Andy Nardo
    Andy Nardo
    CTO

Rapidly delivering a $1.5 Bn annual transaction marketplace in 4.5 months.

Problem

The largest non-profit Public School Board Association (PSBA) operates a purchasing cooperative serving over 8,000 public school districts and government agencies. The cooperative was facing an increasingly competitive environment from commercial operators offering a more sophisticated online marketplace experience. 
 The existing web application was developed internally on the Microsoft Platform over ten years prior, with platform performance beginning to degrade as demand increases.

Solution

After a two-month rapid analysis and design phase we determined the existing platform required building a reimagined cloud-based eCommerce platform. Due to the unique combination of regulatory compliance requirements and diversity of service offerings across over 2,000 vendors a custom marketplace solution was required.

A Nexus team of experienced Azure architects, analysts, engineers, and designers analyzed existing capabilities while determining optimal platform architecture and technologies.

  • Azure SQL Database Services
  • Azure Web Apps
  • Azure PowerBI Embedded Analytics
  • Azure Cognitive Search
  • Azure Dev Ops

Applying our Cloud Acceleration Framework allowed Nexus to complete cloud modernization and migrate to a production environment in under 4.5 months. This efficient migration allowed the client to take advantage of the back-to-school season, a key business driver.

Outcomes

  • Rapid (4.5 months) delivery of online marketplace running on 100% Azure PaaS supporting over $1.5 Billion in transaction volume and 400k purchase orders.

  • Punchout integration to support real-time purchase order and requisition transmission from customer ERP.

  • New digital Marketplace user experience driving new monthly volume highs (+40%)