Success story

Ally Financial adopts cloud platform and DevOps, speeds time to market

Ally Financial

Fast facts

Industry: Financial services
Region: North America
Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan
Company size: 8,000 employees

Our market changes quickly. To keep pace, we need reliable, efficient deployments and collaborative processes. Red Hat has helped us reduce deployment times and strengthen our competitive advantage.

James Hixon, senior director, Cloud Automation and Engineering, Ally Financial

Overview

Ally Financial, a leader in digital financial services, delivers online banking, auto finance and insurance, home loans, investing, and corporate finance. The company wanted more reliable and predictable deployments to keep up with an ever-changing market. Ally partnered with Red Hat to create a containerized hybrid cloud platform to support cloud-native application development, and it adopted DevOps processes to increase collaboration, innovation, and efficiency.

2019 Red Hat Innovation Awards honorable mention

The path to success

Challenge: Make deployments faster and more reliable

The quickly changing financial services industry demands speed and efficiency. Ally needed to transform its IT capabilities to deploy releases much faster and with greater reliability. “To offer innovative capabilities for our customers, we need to be able to develop and deploy quickly,” said James Hixon, senior director of Cloud Automation and Engineering at Ally. “Our business needed to modernize our infrastructure and our operations.”

Solution: Build a containerized hybrid cloud platform

Ally partnered with Red Hat® Consulting to determine how to move from traditional infrastructure to containerized development. Together, they built a containerized hybrid cloud platform for cloud-native application development. Ally also adopted DevOps processes to collaborate better and innovate faster. The platform and processes are being aggressively adopted across all major lines of business, and most business-critical applications are being onboarded to the platform, including online banking, analytics, and auto resale. “We’ve committed to adding 10 applications per year to the platform, and we may exceed these expectations as the onboarding process is refined,” said Hixon.

Results: Gain speed, agility, and efficiency

Ally’s new platform and processes have improved time to market, increased agility, and strengthened its competitive advantage. The time for go-live vetting has been reduced, and teams are able to rapidly react to problems that arise. Also, end-to-end automation has freed up developers to innovate and has introduced time-saving, self-service features. “Our market changes quickly,” said Hixon. “To keep pace, we need reliable, efficient deployments and collaborative processes. Red Hat has helped us reduce deployment times and strengthen our competitive advantage.”

This solution has had far reaching impacts within the organization. Teams are able to move faster, collaborate more efficiently across the company, and spend more time innovating. This effort helps us achieve our promise to do it right for our customers.