Why AWS Services Are the Perfect Building Blocks for Enterprise Applications

AWS is more than just EC2s and S3

Obviously, most of us know that, but EC2s and S3s are still a primary focus for many organizations looking at migrating workflows to AWS.

Not long ago, we released our first FormKiQ Whitepaper, Scalability in Document Management Systems. While researching and writing the whitepaper, we decided to create an infographic showcasing just how many AWS Services can be leveraged to create a solution that does not rely on configuring or managing servers.

Because while we are big on serverless services like AWS Lambda and AWS Fargate at FormKiQ, there are dozens of other services that aren’t always classified as serverless, but that can be combined with Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, AWS Fargate, CloudFront, and S3 to create an enterprise-level solution.

Here’s that infographic that we created:

Infographic: Popular AWS Products You Can Use

All of the services listed are available for use without having to configure or manage servers, and can be integrated flexibly by products such as FormKiQ, allowing a wide variety of configurations depending on customer needs.

Using asynchronous requests, it’s possible to set up specific workflows for specific documents, whether that includes antivirus scanning, optical character recognition, or even edge cases like extracting PDF Portfolio files. As well, there is no limitation on integrating other AWS services or even third-party products, such as through AWS Marketplace.

The flexibility that is created by this cloud-native architectural model fits the needs of any enterprise and all industries, and can be located in one or more geographic regions. By leveraging AWS services, an organization can reduce the amount of complexity bundled within its custom software applications; any functionality that is common to most applications can be offloaded to AWS services rather than having to be written and maintained by an organization’s internal engineering team. This allows the organization to focus on its competitive advantages and value-add functionality, reducing its areas of responsibility to only what matters most.

We believe that this is the future of nearly all enterprise applications.

As we respond to new customer requests for additional FormKiQ Enterprise Add-On Modules, we are relying on more and more of these services. And we are constantly on the lookout for new offerings from AWS that could provide even more opportunities for Document Management using AWS services.

For more information on serverless, including an interesting use case that isn’t too far off from some implementations we’ve been working on for customers, check out the AWS Serverless Computing page.

Here's a quote from that AWS page:

Modern applications are built serverless-first, a strategy that prioritizes the adoption of serverless services, so you can increase agility throughout your application stack. We’ve developed serverless services for all three layers of your stack: compute, integration, and data stores.

And that is exactly how and why we've built FormKiQ for Document Management.