Bunch Leverages Kontena to Build Better Teams with Culture Analytics

“What we especially liked about Kontena, is that all the batteries are included. Utilizing Kontena’s ready-made container orchestration platform saved us several months of manual work. With limited resources here at Bunch, we were able to spend the time we saved writing code for our product rather than having to build, integrate and configure a container environment using separate components.”

Charles Ahmadzadeh, Co-founder and Engineering, Bunch

Bunch is a Berlin-based start-up, and creator of the Bunch assessment tool, dedicated to enabling teams around the world to better understand, cultivate and use their unique culture as a competitive advantage. The Bunch assessment delivers profound insights as it measures the priority of cultural norms for individuals and teams, allowing teams the ability to map their cultures to ensure overall team cohesion, dynamics and to maximize performance in the workplace.

Bunch leverages Kontena’s container orchestration platform to power their culture analytics tool, that is used all over the world by company leaders and HR departments to hire strategically and proactively develop their teams, steering their teams to success and driving growth. Following is the story of Bunch’s adoption of Kontena.

The Challenge

As a fast-growing start-up, Bunch needed an easy-to-use and maintain solution, offering container orchestration, a built-in load balancer, as well as configuration and secrets management, and service discovery. Ideally, they wanted to host off-premise as much as possible, as they did not have the manpower required to host or orchestrate anything on-site. “We were looking for a solution that worked with minimal effort out-of-the-box, and that enabled continuous deployment, testing, and load balancing. We wanted to be able to quickly ship to production with a CI/CD environment and have it run and scale our container service”, Ahmadzadeh recalls.

The Answer: Kontena’s User-Friendly Container Solution

Kontena offered all of these features and more, and it is the optimal trade-off between self-hosted services and those hosted off-site; whereas other options were deemed too heavy (complicated and missing critical batteries) for Bunch’s use case. Having these features plugged into the orchestration with zero downtime, allowed Bunch to just push their containers to production through CI/CD pipeline automation, thus representing savings in both people hours and monetary terms.

“This is why we picked Kontena, as it saved us an enormous amount of time and effort. We didn’t need to spend weeks integrating, scripting and setting up a CI/CD scaling pipeline” explains Ahmadzadeh.

The Implementation

“One thing that I especially like about Kontena, is that it is not locked to a specific cloud provider. The fact that if we have to, we can switch providers or even use a hybrid deployment where we could for instance, deploy some containers to a public cloud and some to a private data centre, is a positive benefit” Ahmadzadeh said.

Bunch’s code is stored in GitHub branches and they run their web services, data processing and machine learning (using Jupyter Notebooks?) on Kontena, run by pipeline automation with Travis, moving from development to staging and finally to production.

Summary

About Bunch

Bunch harnesses the power of data and psychology to redefine how companies work. The Bunch assessment tool helps companies hire people who are the right fit for their teams to ensure alignment of mind-sets, thus driving growth.

Need

An easy to use and maintain container management platform to allow continuous deployments with zero downtime to power the Bunch Assessment; the culture analytics tool for growth culture.

Solution Benefits

Kontena provided Bunch with a platform that was not only easy to use and maintain, but had all the vital features such as a built-in load balancer, secret management, configuration management and service discovery as needed, and best of all, it was able to be fully hosted off-site.

Kontena offered Bunch unbeatable time and resource savings, thus giving them the ability to focus on developing their culture analytics tool and methodology, rather than on building, integrating and maintaining a complex system.

Bunch Appreciates the Key Features of Kontena:

*No vendor lock-in allows easy switching between cloud providers *Hybrid environment compatibility *Works out-of-the-box with little maintenance required, saving Bunch time that could be better spent developing their own product. *Ease of use, easy to set up and simple to use at any scale; doesn’t require a whole team to run or maintain. It’s a perfect solution for small start-ups and larger organizations who do not want to be bothered with building, integrating, configuring and maintaining a container environment on their own. *Complete platform with integrated load balancer, secrets management, configuration management and service discovery. *Off-premise availability allowed Bunch to focus on their own product rather than on maintaining a complex system.