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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

Automating Terraform modules

August 25, 2020

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On a recent project, my team identified the need to transition from a directory in our main DevOps repository that contains all of our Terraform modules to a discrete repository for each module.

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The problem might not be COBOL

July 10, 2020

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The government's problem isn’t using old code or older programming languages. The problem is often that they’re using code that wasn’t designed to meet the needs of people who use it.

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Accessibility Camp 2020

April 20, 2020

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This January, 33 Ad Hoc team members came together in sunny Orlando, Florida for the first Ad Hoc Accessibility Camp, a three-day gathering to learn and practice making our services more accessible.

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Dependency audits on JavaScript projects

December 17, 2019

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To help improve the security of our projects, we integrated a way to audit our application dependencies into our agile development process.

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Launching a government MVP in less than a month

October 01, 2019

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On behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, we recently launched a site for insurance issuers. We went from zero lines of code to a production MVP serving pilot users in under a month.

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Using feature flags and dynamic blocks in Terraform 0.12.x

September 24, 2019

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With the advent of the new HCL 2 language in Terraform, I’ve been using the newly available methods to make the internal Terraform modules that my team has written more functional and less inter-dependent.

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