Guide - Building Effective Minimum Viable Product (MVP) using AWS and Serverless

Minimum Viable Product, Platform Engineering, AWS, Amazon Web Services, AWS Serverless

In today's fast-paced and competitive tech landscape where everyone is filled with tons of innovative ideas, developing a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that can quickly adapt to market demands is crucial.

We have heard from our customers about issues they have faced in their previous engagements:

  • The initial MVP is not scalable and not designed with future growth in mind.
  • Unforeseen issues and scope changes lead to budget overruns. There may be hidden costs associated with utilizing outdated or mismatched services, such as additional fees for extra features or changes.
  • Delays in communication, feedback, and coordination can slow down the development process, affecting the time-to-market. Differences in business practices and protocols can create friction and misunderstandings.
  • Not being able to directly oversee the development process can result in missed details and overlooked issues.
  • Selecting an outsourcing partner without a proven track record, and relevant expertise in the technology landscape or domain.

At APPGAMBiT, we've spent years building AWS Serverless-based Cloud applications and have found that Serverless and Event-driven Architecture offer unparalleled advantages for the MVP development.

We have built variety of use cases using Serverless technologies, mostly on AWS, but many other platforms and services has Serverless offerings. Few use cases:

  • Multi-Tenant Logistics Platform using Serverless
  • Data Analytics Pipeline using SurveyMonkey and Salesforce
  • Multi-tenant Inventory System
  • Transport Solicitation System for a Federal Contractor
  • Quick and Secure File-sharing like WeTransfer
  • Google Site Indexing Tool
  • Image Analysis and GenAI

And many more...

Serverless technologies feature automatic scaling, built-in high availability, and a pay-for-use billing model to increase agility and optimize costs. These technologies also eliminate infrastructure management tasks like capacity provisioning and patching, so you can focus on writing code that serves your customers.

Here’s why we believe this approach is the best for modern MVPs, especially for use cases that align well with Serverless technologies:

Faster Time to Market

  • Focus on Core Logic: With AWS managing the infrastructure, the team can concentrate on developing the core application functionalities without worrying about server or feature management. For example, instead of thinking how to implement User Authentication or Secure API Gateways, we can directly use services like Amazon Cognito and Amazon API Gateway that is purpose-built.
  • Rapid Deployment: Serverless applications can be deployed quickly, allowing us to iterate and release new features rapidly based on user feedback. Cloud has one unique advantage over every other types of infrastructure, you can build your Infrastructure as Code.

Cost Efficiency

  • Pay-as-You-Go Model: Serverless services like AWS Lambda, Amazon Cognito, API Gateway, Step Functions charge only for the actual usage, based on time used, making it cost-effective, especially for applications with unpredictable and variable workloads.
  • Reduced Operational Overhead: Eliminating the need for server or service maintenance significantly lowers operational costs, enabling startups and small teams to allocate resources more effectively.

Scalability and Reliability

  • Automatic Scaling: AWS Serverless services automatically scale to handle increased traffic, ensuring consistent performance and reliability without manual intervention. Most of these services are used by single-person startups to Fortune 500 companies, so they offer same advantages to every one. These services are built for hyper-scale by default.
  • Built-in Fault Tolerance: AWS by default provides high availability and redundancy for most of these services, essential for maintaining reliable applications and meeting user expectations and experience.

Enhanced Agility with Event-driven Architecture

  • Real-time Responsiveness: Event-driven systems respond to events in real-time, offering a dynamic and responsive user experience.
  • Modular and Decoupled Services: This architecture promotes loosely coupled services, making the system more modular, easier to maintain, and scalable.

Strong Foundation for Growth

  • Security and Compliance: AWS's robust security features and compliance certifications ensure that your applications meet industry standards from the start.
  • Rich Ecosystem: The extensive range of AWS tools and services can be seamlessly integrated to enhance the functionality and performance of your MVP.

AWS Serverless Ecosystem

AWS offers technologies for running code, managing data, and integrating applications, all without managing servers. These are some of the AWS Serverless services that offer great feature set, scaling, reliability and effective pricing.

  • Amazon Cognito: User Authentication with Monthly Free 50,000 Active Users.
  • AWS Lambda: Execute code in response to triggers without managing servers, with a generous free tier.
  • Amazon API Gateway: Create, publish, and manage APIs at any scale with pay-as-you-go pricing. Pay $1 to $3.5 Per Million requests.
  • AWS Step Functions: Coordinate distributed applications using visual workflows, simplifying complex task orchestration.
  • AWS AppSync: Build scalable applications with GraphQL and real-time data synchronization.
  • Amazon EventBridge: Build event-driven applications with real-time data from integrated AWS services and third-party SaaS apps.
  • Amazon DynamoDB: A fully managed NoSQL database with single-digit millisecond performance at any scale.
  • Amazon Aurora Serverless: Automatically scales SQL databases based on application demand, saving costs during low traffic periods.
  • Amazon S3: Scalable object storage with industry-leading durability, ideal for file storage and static web hosting.
  • Amazon CloudFront: Distribute content globally with low latency and high transfer speeds.
  • Amazon SQS: (Queue service) Reliable, durable, fully managed message queuing service that enables decoupling and scaling of microservices.
  • Amazon SNS: (Pub/Sub service) Fully managed messaging service for application-to-application and application-to-person communication, ensuring message delivery.

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For modern MVPs, leveraging Serverless and Event-driven Architecture offers a strategic advantage by enabling rapid development, cost savings, scalability, and reliability.

At APPGAMBiT, we've seen firsthand how this approach helps build a strong foundation for applications that can grow and evolve with market demands. Whether you're a startup looking to make a swift impact or an established business aiming to innovate quickly, Serverless technologies provide the agility and efficiency needed to succeed.

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