CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2023
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

With over 1,100 brick and mortar stores and locations in every US state save for Hawaii, Kohl’s stands as a leader in retail. In addition to their physical locations, Kohl’s has invested heavily into the online world, where they are highly vertically integrated, running much of their development in house.

Kohl’s developers are constantly creating new applications for the company, both consumer-facing products such as apps or promotions and business-oriented tools for other teams within Kohl’s.

As Kohl’s has expanded their digital capabilities, their usage of cloud service providers to host their online offerings has increased. With the plethora of hosting options available such as Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services, learning the ins and outs of each can be a challenge.

If a developer needs to switch providers due to a unique feature or getting better rates on a competing provider, it can take considerable time to learn how to use the new system.

Our Infinity Gauntlet simplifies the process of creating a project with a new cloud service provider. Just as Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet united the Infinity Stones, our Infinity Gauntlet unites all the cloud service providers onto one platform.

Instead of having to learn the intricacies of each cloud service platform, Kohl’s developers use our website to create and host servers on any platform from one convenient location. Our software is designed to be as simple as possible with the most common setting pre-configured to enable faster and easier development.

Our project speeds up the challenging process of setting up cloud platforms, saving time and resources for Kohl’s engineers.

The front-end website and forms are created with Backstage, which then calls upon Terraform to create and manage the cloud service providers.