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Posted: 3/21/2012
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Perficient Solution Provider Cuts Development Time by 50 Percent and Gains 24x7 Reliability, Scalability

"Our app can make the difference in life-threatening situations, if we have 100 percent reliability. Windows Azure gives that to us—with no effort on our part."
—Martin Sizemore, Enterprise Architect, Healthcare Practice, Perficient

It’s every parent’s nightmare: a child is injured. Which hospital is closest? Where can the child be treated first?

Perficient, a Microsoft National Systems Integrator and Microsoft Health Provider Partner of the Year for 2010, wanted to help both patients and healthcare facilities to address these questions in order to provide better emergency room treatment. Its solution is Go ER!, a Windows Phone 7 app running on the Windows Azure cloud computing environment.

With Go ER! on their mobile phones, consumers can get the information they need immediately—including the distances and times to area hospitals, the wait times at those facilities, maps that show the best routes to them, and instructions to navigate the often large and complex medical campuses on which they’re located. Go ER! also gives consumers a way to fill out admission and other forms en route, saving precious time once they get to their destinations.

Go ER! makes full use of Windows Azure. Hospitals upload wait times, maps, and more to the cloud, using the Windows Azure Service Bus. SQL Azure and Blob Storage handle both structured and unstructured data. Windows Azure web services serve the application to consumers.

Platform Benefits
Perficient reports that benefits include:
  • Development time cut by 50 percent, through the ability to turn development servers “on and off” without having to configure them

  • Development simplified by familiar Microsoft environment and out-of-the-box tools compared to Amazon EC2

  • Utmost reliability for emergencies achieved with 24 x 7 availability and scalability

  • Easy integration with Bing Maps for GPS-based directions

  • Solution administration time reduced by 82 percent for key processes

  • New, subscriber-based revenue model enabled

Solution Overview

Organization Size: 1400 employees

Organization Profile
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Perficient is an IT management consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States. It has 1,400 employees and facilities throughout the U.S., China, Europe, and India.

Software and Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft SQL Azure
  • Bing Maps
  • Windows Phone 7
  • Microsoft SQL Server Remote BLOB Storage
  • Microsoft Azure Service Bus

Vertical Industries

United States