Nationwide has moved its public website to Microsoft Azure, marking the construction company’s first application to be hosted in the Microsoft cloud.
This move should improve security, usability and provide more stability to better cope with peaks in demand.
Peter Nutton, Senior Website Manager, says: “Over time, our website has grown in size and complexity. So we made the decision to create a new site from scratch and simplify it. We asked members what they expected from a new website and observed how they used it. »
To ensure a smooth transition to Azure, Nationwide’s in-house engineers, architects and delivery teams partnered with consulting firm Contino to run a series of test cases, using the principles of “chaos engineering”, to ensure that the website runs efficiently and reliably on its new cloud platform.
“We modernized our branches, so our website was the next logical step,” says Lottie Coleman, Nationwide’s website design manager. “The design was to improve our members’ experience by simplifying what you see on screen. But as well as refreshing the look of Nationwide, it was equally important to ensure the website was accessible to everyone. And by implementing new technologies, we are able to stay modern and respond quickly to the ever-changing needs of our members and the industry.
The website move comes a year after Nationwide revealed it saw record usage of Microsoft Teams as employees worked from home during the pandemic. The construction company also revealed its ambition to integrate Teams into every meeting room.