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Leading Global Audit Firm Leverages Minfy to develop a comprehensive GST compliance solution

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Our client is a multinational professional services network headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, one of the Big Four auditors, and has a network of firms across the world providing services to most of the Fortune 500 companies.

Challenge

With GST being an extremely complex ground-breaking initiative that completely did away with several legacy tax laws and regulations, the Indian industry struggled with teething problems. A growing number of businesses were expected to use the new platform to ensure their tax compliance, and our client needed to ensure scalability of the solution. Further, due to the complex, evolving nature of the new tax rules, the solution had to address several other challenges such as frequent configuration changes and updates, and enhanced security policies.

One of the main components of the GST compliance solution was a module to generate e-way bill (EWB) numbers for goods being transported across the country for further processing or sales. The EWB solution was a workflow and collaboration platform for stake-holders such as manufacturers, transporters, and recipients, that generated e-way bills electronically and included an audit trail that integrated with the overall GST Compliance Solution. To deal with these several ongoing challenges, our client engaged Minfy to host the module's application infrastructure on the cloud and also make it DevOps compliant.

The Devops Solution Approach

Continuous Integration and Delivery The DevOps methodology leveraging the AWS stack frees developers of infrastructure administration and scaling tasks through the philosophy of continuous integration and continuous delivery. It also frees the development process from costly, time-consuming version control errors. Along with significant savings in time to build and deploy software code, it also reduces the effort, cost, and time for infrastructure planning and maintenance.

Solution Overview

As the EWB solution, as part of the overall GST Compliance solution, deals with sensitive business critical data of our client’s customers, the architecture was built to have rock solid security features. A custom VPC was used, with deployment of an OpenVPN deployed in the public subnet. This helped with establishing a VPN connection between a customer's corporate network to the AWS network which could be used on demand. Due to the constantly changing regulatory landscape, new notifications on changes to the GST laws were being released by the Income Tax department almost every other day. AWS components such as Lambda, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, CodePipeline, and Code-Commit which were used in the solution architecture relieved our client’s developers from operational and infrastructure administration tasks and also enabled easy collaboration. This helped them focus on keeping the solution up to date. Also, AWS CodePipeline helped them with the continuous and constant release of updates and patches. As the GST roll-out gathered momentum, and over two hundred and fifty companies got onto the solution platform, actionable insights and alerts from AWS CloudWatch helped our client respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resources.

Benefits

Better Tax Compliance and Supply Chain Efficiencies

With the DevOps framework, AWS-enabled E-way bill solution, our client was able to offer its customers across the country a speedy, scalable, cost-efficient and highly secure means to remain tax compliant amidst changing regulatory requirements. The electronically generated e-way bills have helped with reducing police harassment and corruption issues for transporters and minimized the complexities associated with remaining tax-compliant. At Minfy, the team that helped build the solution view their efforts as a contribution towards building supply chain efficiencies for the nation.

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