Enabling the HAYS Canadian team to move faster by leveraging Automation on AWS

About Hays

Located in over thirty countries around the globe, Hays is the leading global specialist recruitment firm. With a strong belief that finding a person the right job can transform their lives; Hays works with job seekers and employers to find the perfect opportunity. Since 2001, Hays has assisted tens of thousands of job seekers across thirty-three countries to find permanent or temporary assignments.

The Challenge

As their AWS deployment continued to grow, the team at Hays wanted to ensure their deployment was secure and followed AWS best practice. They also wanted to work with a partner who could empower their staff and enable automation throughout their workflow.

The Solution

Starting with an AWS Account Audit, Curious Orbit identified potential gaps in Hays' current deployment. Working with the team, we remediated audit findings and restructured the account deployment to follow a multi-account structure. Since completing the audit, we've deployed several AWS services including CloudFormation, Systems Manager and AWS Backup to alleviate the 'undifferentiated heavy lifting' the team endured to maintain the AWS environment.

"Since we have started partnering with Curious Orbit, we have been able to get more efficient control on our AWS accounts and restructure them to the current high professional and industry standard level we, as a global company, aspire to be"

Robbie Chedie, IT Service Delivery Director


The AWS account audit allowed us to identify issues requiring immediate remediation. Multi-Account deployment provides easier cost management and better security. Finally, by using services like CloudFormation, Systems Manager and AWS Backup, we were able to help the team refocus on 'higher value' tasks and spend more time helping their customers be successful rather than managing their AWS environment.

The Benefits

Moving Faster

By using AWS services like Systems Manager, CloudFormation and AWS Backup we were able to reduce the manual work effort across all AWS accounts means the small team can handle a growing number of solutions and vendors leveraging the AWS platform.

Enabling the Team

Using tools like CloudFormation and Systems Manager the team can deliver solutions to customers faster and more reliably than before. A high-level of automation means the team can deliver solutions quickly while maintaining a budget.

Continuous Optimization

With multiple solutions running in several AWS accounts across many environments being able to identify opportunities to reduce cost is vital. With monthly reporting and automation, the team can locate underused or orphaned resources, remove them and manage costs.

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