AFTA Cloud Migration & Network Refresh

AFTA Cloud Migration & Network Refresh

Cloud Migration & Network Refresh

About the Americans for the Arts

The Americans for the Arts (AFTA) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Their mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America.

Executive Summary

AFTA engaged Pumex to provide a cloud-based solution to support a large remote work environment due to the pandemic. Pumex also provided AFTA with a refresh of their organization’s network infrastructure in their DC and NYC offices.

AFTA was able to push additional efforts into their yearly roadmap due to Pumex completing these projects significantly under budget.


IAI was using legacy, custom software that ran critical internal business processes in a disconnected environment. Applications included their IWITS, IWATS, and WCP platforms. They relied on manual export/import processes, lived in silos, lacked functionality to properly record information, and were complex and costly to manage. It was determined that all applications would need to be re-built, due to inequities in code and database schema.

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Pumex implemented an agile SDLC with two-week sprints. This approach followed a System Design Document that detailed system architecture, DB design, application design, security and controls. We leveraged DevOps processes including CI/CD, test automation, and Git to manage code tracking and merge. Our solution contained a database schema redesign, consolidating four separate databases, rewriting the code base with industry best practices, redesigning the UI/UX for improved user efficiencies, implementing OWASP and Cybersecurity best practices, automating workflows, and migrating to a Gold Source Database.

Immediate Results

Uninterrupted work

Pumex implement this portal as a user-friendly dashboard that enables IAI to gain efficiencies and save costs by significantly reducing the time needed to support members.

Improved Features and Functionality

Pumex integrated and improved the applications, modernized the platform/environment through code reengineering and re-development, and implemented new code

In the Cloud

Pumex implemented a cloud-based solution in Microsoft Azure along with its IaaS and PaaS solutions.

Future Plans & Projected Results

Pumex recommended a phased roll out of the consolidated legacy systems to allow decommissioning over time while the systems continued to run in parallel through the development process. This will ensure an easier organizational onboarding and help to relieve training burdens by reducing productivity issues and employee downtime.