October 11, 2016 - How Migrating to AWS Made Thomas Publishing More Competitive


We all know the heavy cost of maintaining on-premises data centers can drain any business’s resources and affect its competitiveness. Imagine the business impact when those resources are diverted to improve the business. We recently helped a company overcome this barrier to achieve success in the cloud that is saving them enormous amounts of money and giving them a new competitive agility.

Thomas Publishing Company was founded in 1898 and connects manufacturing buyers and suppliers worldwide. For buyers, Thomas offers timely and comprehensive content and data about industrial products and suppliers. For suppliers, the company provides proprietary technology and platforms to fill sales pipelines and increase marketplace exposure. Thomas offers print and web-based content including buying guides and magazines as well as ThomasNet.com, a website that connects buyers and sellers.


Staying competitive 

For Thomas Publishing to remain competitive, they try to launch new products frequently, so the company wanted the ability to bring its offerings to market faster.

They relied on on-premises data centers but they didn’t want to manage the costs of operating them while trying to maintain high uptime for their products. They wanted to put their resources into improving their products and not maintaining their data centers. In addition to addressing their data center dilemma, Thomas also wanted to:

• Upgrade its Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) applications
• Take advantage of newer infrastructure to increase performance of existing Oracle applications and database technologies
• Do it without investing in additional physical hardware

Why Amazon Web Services and Apps Associates?

Thomas Publishing chose Amazon Web Services (AWS) because it fulfilled Thomas’ criteria for reduced operational costs and maintenance. Plus, the services and platform flexibility were attractive.

Apps Associates was chosen because we had so much prior experience moving Oracle databases and applications to AWS. Here is an outline of the work Apps Associates undertook.
• Helped Thomas migrate its Oracle EBS platform to AWS
• Moved their website onto AWS
• Migrated key content management and publishing applications to Amazon Aurora on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)

Apps Associates developed proprietary migration tools based on our years of experience and deep Oracle expertise. Using these tools and the Amazon RDS Migration and AWS Schema Conversion Tools, both part of the AWS Database Migration Service, we successfully converted the Thomas Publishing content management and publishing application schema, database, and code to Aurora.

The customer quote says it all 

After moving to AWS, we were able to shut down our largest data center, eliminating hundreds of thousands of dollars in associated real estate, facility operations, and power and cooling costs.”

Hans Wald Chief Technology Officer, Thomas Publishing Company

Don’t you just love customer quotes?

The company also gained the agility they wanted to bring new products to market faster. Now Thomas’ developers can whip up resources for a new website for new product information in one day, instead of weeks. Dynamically scaling applications is a breeze. Working with Apps Associates made a difficult process smoother saving Thomas time and money.

For Thomas Publishing this is just the beginning as they plan to continue to move data from Oracle to AWS. This makes it really exciting for us because we’ve shown them what is possible in the cloud and they want more.

Learn More

Get the full story of our work with Thomas Publishing Company on Amazon.com. If you’re interested in learning more about how Apps Associates can help you move to the cloud, contact me at julian.troake@appsassociates.com.


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