A leading software vendor in Southeast Asia specializing in database security and management solutions.

Challenge

The client wanted to bring to the market a brand new versatile database encryption solution targeted at the financial services industry and the public sector. Since available competing products are only compatible with a limited range of leading database products, the new product would be able to reach customers running DBMS software unsupported by the competition. The product would incorporate Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) technology that offers database encryption at column level. The advantages of TDE have to do with the way it solves the problem of protecting data at rest, encrypting databases both on the hard drive and consequently on backup media.

First Line’s solution

The client contacted several software development firms to select the partner for the project. First Line won the contract by demonstrating the best combination of technical skills required to complete this highly challenging assignment in the aggressive timeframe laid out by the client.

The new product eliminates the need to configure multiple enterprise applications that use the protected data, by using the TDE technology and by decrypting and providing the data to the applications on the fly. It is easily configurable via a streamlined web interface. The product gives users (system administrators) the choice of encryption algorithms including both industry standards and more exotic varieties (e.g. OpenSSL, BouncyCastle, and MagicCrypto).

First Line engineers had to solve many complex technical problems in order to achieve desired levels of performance, customize the product for different versions of DMBS software, and implement reliable load balancing functionality.

Results

The client was able to bring a product to the market that surpasses the competition’s functionality, performance and ease of use, while reaching a broader customer base. In addition to the Oracle-based solution, plans for the next phase of the project include the development of the same functionality for other DBMS products (Sybase, DB2 and MS SQL).

Team size: 8
Total effort: 60 person-months

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Client References

I want to express my gratitude for all of your team’s hard work and support over the last few months. Our project is officially live and we could not have done it without your assistance. I especially would like to thank Alex for his extra help this weekend. I understand it was at the last minute and late nights for him. We are very grateful for all that he has done for us.

Senior Project Manager, the US software development company

Your quality of work is exceptional, and your flexible approach has allowed us to build and deploy a large amount of complex functionality in a very short space of time. Kudos to everyone for their professionalism and for delivering results that exceeded our expectations.

CEO, leading social media analytics provider

We have never had a better release that we can think of. And that is all because of your hard and dedicated work. So here is a big THANK YOU to everyone from all of us!

Editor, leading Scandinavian newspaper

For a software vendor like ourselves, picking the right development partner is crucial. First Line’s technical expertise and solid project management, coupled with their proficiency in Agile methodologies, have made them an integral part of our product development group.

VP Product Development, leading enterprise software vendor

Our First Line Team has been doing a great job. All of the guys check in great code, and they have a forward thinking mindset, not a feature-to-feature approach. They are also very open in terms of sharing knowledge, which is critical to running productive distributed teams.

Application Development Director, global marketing company

We've all learned a lot from you, and it is great working with you.

Application Development Director, global marketing company

The First Line team has an excellent process and we can learn from your team and improve.

Product Owner, Strategic Software Consultancy

I would like to thank the First Line development team for their dedication and high level of quality in their work. Despite being thousands of miles apart, we have been able to work quickly, effectively, and intelligently. Your team has been a major part of why we have been successful thus far.

VP Engineering, e-learning startup

First Line is a great technology partner capable of delivering complex, ‘industrial grade’ projects. They have demonstrated strong technical competence and solid understanding of the media and publishing domain. We have also been very impressed by the management team's attention to our needs and commitment to our success.

CEO, leading European digital media company

Your effort is the #1 reason that this project is going so well. I've worked with a lot of teams over the years and there are very few teams that I trust and respect. When you are given a task or feature, I never have to worry whether or not it will be accomplished on time and I never worry about the quality - you always deliver.

Architect, Strategic Software Consultancy

The team we put together in the last half of this year is one of the most productive, skilled and enjoyable I’ve ever worked on. It’s great to see the product brought to life, and I’m proud to work with all you folks.

Senior Architect, Fortune 100 company

The First Line Software team is professional, results driven, and proactive. I know that when we provide requirements for new functionality, they will not only deliver on the scope of what has been asked but will look beyond and give insight into how we can make our product even better. It has been a privilege to work with First Line Software, and I look forward to continuing our partnership in future.

VP, global marketing company
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