Late April Update


I’ve been a bit remiss lately of not getting some more articles out here on Sanders Technology.  It’s not for a lack of inspiration – I’ve been doing a fair bit of work lately which would be blog-worthy, but have just been snowed under getting a fairly substantial maiden release into Production.

This one is a beauty – over six months of planning and execution:

  • Rolled out over 5 logical environments (Development, Test, UAT, Training and Production)
  • Implemented internal PKI to secure endpoints, with external CA signed certificates for external facing applicances
  • WS-Fed and SAML 2.0 web applications (relying parties)
  • Migration of over 30,000 existing users to Active Directory
  • Standing up an external AD FS 3.0 service for federation
  • Bespoke MVC 5 portal (WS-Fed relying party)
  • CORS integration between a legacy site (Domino 9) and new (MVC 5)
  • Tunnelling integration to Dynamics CRM 2013 (courtesy of internal WebAPI wrapper web services using the XRM services)
  • Implementation and use of Mass Transit and MSMQ for ESB style message routing and processing
  • Message translation down to services used to synchronise Notes from CRM
  • Implemented Octopus Deploy to manage releases, configuration and environment
  • Introduced a private NuGet repository to allow separate solutions to manage common assemblies/dependencies
  • Documented the whole thing with copious amounts of documentation, including:
    • System security plans
    • High level solution design
    • Environment design
    • DR recovery plan for Mass Transit
  • Co-ordinated/conducted load and performance testing
    • Internal and external load testing
    • External testing via Azure
    • Internal testing via Visual Studio 2013 load test + load agents
  • Hardened the environment for penetration testing

..and those are just the highlights.  We launched officially yesterday to existing users with minimal issues.

Stay tuned for more articles soon.


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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