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back office systems to a cloud native

Rather than a big bang migration,

platform built in house. It was an

though, McQuarrie opted for the

ambitious step. “Late in 2016 we decided

Strangler pattern documented by

that we would embark on the journey to

Martin Fowler, whereby the new systems

build next generation of public space

are introduced around the edges of the

media AdTech platform and run it on

old, progressively replacing them until

AWS.” Two years later, after a huge effort

the legacy systems are decommissioned.

on the part of Andy McQuarrie and his

Doing it this way, he says, made for

team, the network had been re-architect-

a smoother introduction and allowed

ed, the most sophisticated Palo Alto

his team to develop an intuitive user

firewalls put in place, and legacy back

interface. “We opted for the Strangler

office systems migrated to a cloud

approach because it is very safe and it

native platform hosted in AWS.

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Andy McQuarrie Andy McQuarrie’s background is in Software Engineering, Operations and Technology consultancy. McQuarrie is responsible for Software Engineering, Data Science & Engineering and Technology Operations across the oOh!media group. Primarily based in the UK for the majority of his career working with organisations like The Royal Bank of Scotland and Sky, McQuarrie has been involved in a number of industry leading disruptive digital products like SkyQ and NowTV, as well as web scale platforms that include Europe’s largest linear Over The Top (OTT) platform SkyGo. Before joining oOh!media in 2017 as the Chief Technology Officer, McQuarrie was the Technical Principal at ThoughtWorks.

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