Armut Teknoloji Improves Customer Experience with Scalable Notification System Using AWS
Turkey-based Armut connects consumers with professionals offering a wide variety of services, including home improvement, tuition, home moving, and health and wellness. To manage jobs effectively, its service uses a matching algorithm and digital notifications. As the company grew, its legacy technology no longer met its needs, so Armut developed a new system using AWS, which increased notification reliability and the volume of jobs it could handle. The business is now generating more income and supporting a greater number of customers without any additional staff.
We’re launching in new countries and many of our internal services are going to use the notification system. Using AWS, we can grow with confidence.”
Associate Director of Engineering, Armut
Armut helps consumers find and arrange a wide variety of services such as home improvement, lessons, moving, and health and wellness. One of the features it offers to customers is the ability to connect them with the right professionals for their needs. To do this, Armut needs an accurate matching algorithm and a fast, reliable digital notification system.
However, as the company grew by more than 1,000 percent over the last 5 years, its existing notification system no longer met its needs, with notifications often failing. It also didn’t scale well, while its day-to-day maintenance requirements were becoming challenging and time-consuming for the IT team. Armut decided to develop a new notification infrastructure built using Amazon Web Services (AWS) that could offer better performance and scale as its customer base expanded.
Using Machine Learning to Match Consumers and Professionals
Armut—which also operates under the HomeRun brand—aims to offer the best experience possible for both service providers and customers using the latest technologies available.
The company runs most of its infrastructure on AWS. This includes the machine learning services that power its matching algorithm, which links customers and professionals through the Armut website and mobile app.
Armut uses Amazon SageMaker, which helps data scientists and developers prepare, build, train, and deploy high-quality machine learning models. It also uses Amazon Kinesis Data Streams to easily stream data at any scale, and Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka to securely stream data with a fully managed, highly available Apache Kafka service.
After the customer and professional are matched, Armut’s platform provides a way for service providers to send quotes to the customer, and for both parties to agree to the work being carried out. The system then manages the entire workflow, through to job completion.
Improving Notifications with Serverless Technology
The notifications sent to customers and professionals via email, SMS, or push notifications are central to the customer experience. They communicate the various steps needed for the work to be completed, such as confirming the job and setting up a time. They also notify customers if a professional arrives late, a job is cancelled, or payments are due.
However, the existing notification system wasn’t keeping pace with the company’s rapid growth. Critically, Armut couldn’t track whether notifications had been sent, delivered, or read. It was clear from users’ feedback that notifications sometimes failed to send, which was often due to issues with local mobile network providers. In addition, the service was difficult to scale—with the tech team adjusting resources manually—and struggled to cope with sudden increases in demand.
Armut developed and implemented its new notification system in just 6 months using AWS Lambda, a serverless, event-driven compute service that lets it run code without thinking about servers or clusters. During the design and implementation phase, no customer data or service requests were lost—a key goal for Armut. “We were able to facilitate reliable communications with our customers throughout this transition,” says Deniz Ozgen, associate director of engineering at Armut. “It’s so important that they always know we’re here for them, helping them to take care of their to-do list.”
The system uses Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) to send notifications to customers. Through this, Armut’s technical and customer teams can monitor and track notifications more closely than they could before.
Delivering 1,000 Emails a Second and 1.5 Million a Day
Accurate notification tracking was a key benefit of the new system. “Traceability was the primary concern for this project,” says Ozgen. “Previously, we didn’t have this much visibility into our notification system.”
Armut uses Amazon MQ, a managed message broker service, to automatically resend failed notifications or reroute them to other channels. “With this setup, whenever a notification channel fails, it falls back to another channel, so all of the messages are delivered,” says Ozgen. With the old approach, local mobile network operators caused bottlenecks that prevented the timely delivery of the messages.
Building on Success
Armut is looking to use AWS machine learning to analyze customer behavior to determine the most effective channels for reaching consumers and professionals. For example, if data shows that customers don’t regularly check emails, it could send notifications through SMS instead.
The company also plans to implement the notification system for other brands to support growth. “We’re launching in new countries and many of our internal services are going to use the notification system,” says Ozgen. “Using AWS, we can grow with confidence.”
About Armut Teknoloji
Armut is a major local services marketplace in Turkey. It operates in seven other EMEA countries under the HomeRun brand. The company helps consumers find and arrange a wide variety of services including home improvement, lessons, moving, and health and wellness.
Benefits of AWS
- Managed millions of notifications and requests, and thousands of emails
- Improved accuracy of request matching process
- Rerouted messages as push notifications or emails if SMS requests failed
- Supported customer growth and international expansion
AWS Services Used
AWS Lambda is a serverless, event-driven compute service that lets you run code for virtually any type of application or backend service without provisioning or managing servers.
Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a fully managed messaging service for both application-to-application (A2A) and application-to-person (A2P) communication.
Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ and RabbitMQ that makes it easy to set up and operate message brokers on AWS.
Amazon Simple Email Service (SES) is a cost-effective, flexible, and scalable email service that enables developers to send mail from within any application.
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