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Engineering

Our engineers apply simple, well-tested solutions to our customers' problems.

We focus on reliable, observable systems that we can experiment with, update, and improve quickly at scale. Ad Hoc was founded by two engineers, and we have a track record of successful delivery within complex environments.

We staff small engineering teams with combinations of experience that match the needs of our customers. Our remote-first teams have broad experience with varied domains, toolsets, and processes. We're also able to recruit from anywhere in the country, which gives our customers resilient, skilled teams ready to work on their products.

Many software development firms focus on application development — code, product, and user experience. We train our engineers to operate with a more expansive view of digital services that includes monitoring, automated testing, and capacity planning.

We expect our engineers to maintain the systems they develop in production environments. This means on-call rotations and staff with enough knowledge of deployment pipelines and automation to respond to problems.

Engineering team skills

  • Legacy application modernization
  • Platform design and development
  • Modern cloud infrastructure
  • Cloud migration
  • Mainframe modernization
  • API design and implementation
  • Continuous integration and deployment
  • Incident response management
  • Capacity planning and testing
  • Monitoring, alerting, analytics
  • Independent code review and acceptance testing
  • Penetration testing and security analysis
  • Identity and authentication services
  • Custom software integrations

Engineering Principles

  • Deliver confidence and a problem solving process. Software is a byproduct.
  • Operate with a validated understanding of the problem, with minimal, repeatable, and scalable processes.
  • Develop simple, observable, resilient, accessible, and secure systems by leveraging the combined experience of the team, but focusing on individual responsibility.
  • Customer data is sacred. Protect it.
  • Embody stability by studying failure and practicing for emergencies.
  • Grow as people, colleagues, teams, and leaders while not forgetting our engineering roots.

Our Engineering team

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Recent Engineering posts

Embarrassingly automatable as the first step of legacy modernization

July 20, 2021

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Perhaps it’s time for an equivalent of Maslow’s classic hierarchy of needs, but for legacy modernization projects.

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A path to transforming the nation’s unemployment insurance systems

June 11, 2021

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The time is ripe to rethink how the nation’s unemployment systems, many of which still rely on manual and paper-based processes, can be improved through new technology and approaches.

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The tech debt interest rate

June 02, 2021

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Just as interest on financial debt adds to the amount of money that must be repaid, interest on technical debt adds to the amount of code that will need to be revised.

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Ad Hoc awarded contract to support GSA Fleet Platform Modernization

May 27, 2021

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Ad Hoc, as part of a team led by prime contractor Karsun Solutions, has been awarded a contract to support a pivotal modernization project for the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Advanced Fleet Platform.

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What engineering teams can gain by prioritizing learning

May 10, 2021

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The collective knowledge of a team’s individual members is one of its most valuable assets. Today, I’m here to make the case for putting in extra effort to cultivate this collective knowledge.

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Introducing the ATO Field Guide

April 28, 2021

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Ad Hoc is releasing an ATO Field Guide to inform the public, our customers, and our partners about how federal web applications are authorized to operate on behalf of the American people.

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