Case Study: Accelerating Application Development at Clinical Ink with AWS Amplify and Blue Sentry Cloud

Lee Hylton / May 3, 2024


Clinical Ink, a company dedicated to improving clinical trial processes through innovative digital solutions, sought to enhance their application development capabilities to bring new products to market faster. To achieve this, Clinical Ink utilized AWS Amplify, a service designed to simplify mobile and web application development. Blue Sentry Cloud (BSC), an expert in cloud solutions, was enlisted to integrate these developments into a robust CI/CD pipeline using Terraform.



Clinical Ink aimed to achieve the following:

  • Accelerate the development and deployment of new applications.
  • Ensure that new developments integrate seamlessly into existing CI/CD pipelines.
  • Maintain high standards of reliability and scalability in their application infrastructure.


Solution Design

The project centered around AWS Amplify for rapid development and Terraform for infrastructure management, facilitated by BSC’s expertise:

  1. AWS Amplify Implementation: Clinical Ink’s developers used AWS Amplify to quickly prototype and develop new web and mobile applications. Amplify provided a unified toolchain to manage backend services like authentication, data storage, and API functionality, significantly reducing development time.
  2. Collaboration with Blue Sentry Cloud: BSC’s platform engineers collaborated closely with Clinical Ink’s development team to ensure that the output from Amplify could be integrated into a scalable and manageable infrastructure.
  3. Terraform for Infrastructure as Code (IaC): BSC converted the configurations and resources defined by AWS Amplify into Terraform modules. This approach allowed the seamless incorporation of new applications into Clinical Ink’s existing cloud infrastructure, maintaining consistency and control.


Implementation Process

The implementation involved several detailed phases:

  1. Developer Training and Amplify Setup: Initially, Clinical Ink’s developers were trained to utilize AWS Amplify effectively. They then rapidly developed several application prototypes, leveraging the various backend services provided by Amplify.
  2. Code Translation and Integration: Once the applications were ready, BSC’s engineers worked alongside Clinical Ink’s developers to translate the Amplify-generated configurations into Terraform modules. This step was critical to align the new applications with the existing CI/CD pipelines.
  3. CI/CD Pipeline Enhancement: The Terraform modules were integrated into Clinical Ink’s existing CI/CD pipelines, which were already built to support their AWS-based tech stack. BSC ensured that the new setup supported continuous integration and deployment without disrupting ongoing operations.
  4. Testing and Deployment: Comprehensive testing was conducted to ensure that the new applications performed well under various conditions and that the CI/CD pipelines functioned flawlessly with the new integrations.
  5. Monitoring and Optimization: Post-deployment, BSC set up monitoring tools to track the new applications’ performance and adjusted their resource usage and application responsiveness.



The collaboration between Clinical Ink and Blue Sentry Cloud led to significant improvements:

  • Increased Development Speed: With AWS Amplify, Clinical Ink’s developers were able to bring new applications to life much faster than before, significantly reducing time-to-market.
  • Seamless Integration: The use of Terraform modules ensured that new applications could be easily and reliably integrated into existing CI/CD pipelines, maintaining continuity and stability.
  • Cost Efficiency and Scalability: The streamlined development process, combined with the efficient use of cloud resources, resulted in cost savings and improved scalability for Clinical Ink’s application portfolio.



The innovative use of AWS Amplify, coupled with the expert integration services provided by Blue Sentry Cloud, empowered Clinical Ink to dramatically enhance its development processes. This case study exemplifies how cloud-native technologies and skilled cloud engineering can revolutionize application development in the healthcare technology sector, leading to faster innovation cycles and improved service delivery.