The Project

SignUpGenius simplifies the process of coordinating events and people by providing free online sign ups for non-profits, schools, sports, churches, families, colleges, businesses, and organizations. This group organizing tool replaces paper sign up sheets, reply-all emails, and spreadsheets for organizing volunteers and events. receives 4-7 million unique visitors per month to sign up for tasks online. 30 million people visited in 2013, up from 11 million in 2012, and 35% of all visits to SignUpGenius in 2013 were new visitors, up from 31% in 2012.

Due to the extraordinary volume of growth, SignUpGenius outgrew their previous hosting provider.  SignUpGenius approached Fig Leaf Software to find a solution that is highly scalable, reliable and affordable to support the growing organization, as well as support the website.

The Solution

Fig Leaf Software provided SignUpGenius with an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Architecture Workshop. The AWS Architecture Workshop, delivered by Fig Leaf Software’s managed service experts, followed a custom agenda to review the company’s current application and infrastructure strategy to help SignUpGenius determine if the AWS platform would be a good technical and financial fit for the organization. The interactive AWS Architecture Workshop included a review of:

  • Database architecture – design, challenges (hardware limitations/problem queries), load and current strategy
  • Application architecture – Framework, application components
  • Business requirements – Growth forecasts, planning, uptime, scaling, and support needs
  • Current infrastructure technology – Network topology, server, attached and network storage, database engine, backup and recovery
  • Technology team skills assessment

The Results

Following the engagement it was confirmed that moving to the AWS platform would be an excellent fit for SignUpGenius. Fig Leaf developed an AWS architecture based on session outcomes and devised a plan to provide database architecture enhancements and provide consulting on application development framework enhancements

SignUpGenius moved to Amazon AWS cloud hosting with Fig Leaf Software based on the following factors:

  • AWS unparalleled cloud innovation
  • AWS competitive pricing
  • AWS is designed specifically for scaling
  • Fig Leaf Software’s availability and speed of support
  • Fig Leaf Software’s level of on-staff technical knowledge

“We’re very thankful for the Fig Leaf team and all the hard work that went into helping us migrate our entire server infrastructure to AWS. We had a lot of challenges stemming from the complexity of our environment and the use of brand new technologies – and yet Warren and the team were very open to what was needed and had a positive ‘can-do’ attitude to whatever was requested. The deployment went smoother than we could have anticipated and we are already getting comments about how fast and responsive the site is in the new environment. On behalf of the team at SignUpGenius, thanks for your help and we look forward to seeing how this new setup will empower our company for growth in our upcoming busy season.”

Dan Rutledge, CEO

Calvert Education