Case Studies

Cloud-Based Development with Microsoft Azure

Development of a tool for communication and calculating compensation as part of an early retirement and voluntary leaving program.

Windows Azure technology was selected as the development platform for this project. This solution met all the project requirements, in addition to offering flexibility for future development.

CONTEXT
  • Software component of an early retirement and voluntary leaving program in the government sector. The application had to enable officials to submit a request online and track the progress of cases being handled by the administration.

OBJECTIVE

  • To develop a tool for communication and calculating compensation. The application had to enable officials to submit a request online and track the progress of cases being handled by the administration.

Challenge 1

  • Not all government offices nationwide are connected by a common network, but the application had to be centralized and accessible to all users.

Challenge 2

  • The long, complex procurement process for technical equipment and software created risks in terms of meeting production deadlines.

Challenge 3

  • The infrastructure had to support a high volume from the time of the program’s launch.
  • Also, or reasons of security and accessibility, the application had to be robust and include a succession plan.
SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGICAL FOCUS
  • Windows Azure technology was selected as the development platform for this project. This solution met all the project requirements, in addition to offering flexibility for future development.

    The solution was divided into two distinct areas to ensure separation of roles and enhance the security of data and data exchanges:

    • The public site includes communication functions and access to an interface (API) for simulating compensation amounts.
    • The administrative portal meets various security requirements, including access for individuals with authenticated rights only (WAAD), data encryption and separate backups.
    • Finally, a synchronized on-premises site was set up to ensure access to data in the long term, once the government program has been completed.

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  • At the network level, an application hosted on Windows Azure requires only Internet access.
  • No purchase of hardware or software was necessary, so there were no delays or operating expenses due to acquisitions.
  • Infrastructure-related user fees were reduced, since the capacity was adjusted as needed.

 

  • Microsoft data centres are spread out over several continents, ensuring continuity in the event of a local disaster.
  • Use of the Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) enables integration of application authentication with Office 365 accounts.