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TC Energy migrates applications to AWS

Steve Rogerson
May 19, 2020



Canadian energy company TC Energy has migrated almost 90 per cent of its corporate and commercial applications, including its SAP platform, to Amazon Web Services (AWS).
 
TC Energy is leveraging AWS services, including machine learning, analytics, database, serverless, storage and compute to deliver energy and generate power more efficiently for millions of homes in North America.
 
The migration also positioned TC Energy to respond quickly to the evolving Covid-19 situation, with its employees using Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktops remotely. This extended the functionality of in-office software resources to at-home users so they could to work securely from home.
 
In 2017, TC Energy began migrating workloads to AWS to modernise its infrastructure and improve operational efficiencies. A year later, the company decided to go all-in, moving all its business-critical applications, including its SAP platform, to AWS. The team carefully planned and architected the migration, ultimately moving its entire SAP platform to AWS with zero downtime and no impact on operations.
 
The company reports a 30 per cent decrease in overall costs related to its SAP workloads since migrating to AWS. As part of the overall infrastructure migration, TC Energy also focused on optimisation, using AWS reserved instances and savings plans to drive efficiency in its cloud computing usage and capacity planning.
 
With AWS’s instance scheduler tool, which lets users easily configure custom start and stop schedules for their Amazon Elastic compute cloud and relational database service instances, TC Energy takes advantage of the elasticity of the cloud to scale down capacity at night, turning off its workloads unrelated to energy production.
 
By going all-in on AWS, TC Energy was able to achieve savings that the company is redirecting into further investments in research, development and innovation, including new machine-learning projects.
 
“Since moving to AWS, we’ve shifted our focus to automating workflows and unlocking efficiencies, rather than operating infrastructure and managing costly and complex upgrades,” said Chris Foster, vice president of TC Energy. “The visibility we now have across our business has helped us to drive efficiency in our operations and explore new solutions to advance our efforts on environmental stewardship to reduce our impact on land disturbance, carbon intensity and energy consumption. Our teams identify business hurdles and work with information services to develop new cloud-native applications in a way that just wasn’t possible before we started running on AWS.”
 
TC Energy delivers energy to millions of people. It has 7300 employees and operates across Canada, USA and Mexico.
 
“TC Energy is a prime example of how the cloud contributes to changing the way a company does business, enabling innovation to permeate deep into its culture and operations,” said Mike Clayville, vice president at AWS. “By going-all in on AWS, the company is innovating at a faster clip and unlocking insights that are helping to improve the operational efficiency of energy delivery, as well as enhancing its conservation and sustainability practices. They’re finding ways to boost capacity and changing the way they approach business issues. TC Energy is an example of how organisations today can use the power of the cloud to transform their business.”