The provider of IOT solutions for asset management, planned to upgrade its IT infrastructure to rapidly scale its business. First Line Software engineers exported its applications from the .NET Framework to.NET Core.

Customer’s solutions transform the infrastructure of enterprise systems into a digital environment in which each physical product or asset object contains detailed information about every of its transactions, interactions with employees, maintenance and others. The integrated platform, the Asset Intelligence Platform (AIP), consists of chips, tags, and software. The AIP collects, stores, and processes data from equipment that makes it easy and safe to manage important assets of manufacturing enterprises through a wireless communication protocol.

Solution

With the release of version 2.1 of the .NET Core platform, the customer decided to migrate its applications to a new open source environment. In .NET Core 2.1, the main libraries of EF and, Signalr were introduced, and in some cases even more advanced libraries, such as EF 6 and EF Core. These libraries are compact and advanced in terms of new features such as (alternate keys, batch updates, mixed client/database evaluation in LINQ queries).

Non-complicated transfer

The migration turned out to require a minimal amount of resources. Analysis of the system’s interactions with third-party components and their dependencies showed that for all of them there were already versions for .NET Core or .NET Standard. The .NET Standard specification allows developers to create libraries available for the .NET Core and .NET Framework.

In certain cases, the correct solution was to rewrite services using the mechanism for providing external dependencies to software components (Dependency Injection - DI). One of the important aspects was the use of all the advantages of Middleware.

The transfer of MVC controllers required the introduction of a number of simple changes. For example, engineers developed a special filter to control the authorization of customers on the site, which has now become a Middleware.

Benefits

As a result of the migration, the customer now has a cross-platform, high-performance and scalable application with modern architecture and a lower cost of ownership. After the IoT Hub data is transferred to the IoT platform, the information becomes available online through web browsers and mobile applications. Thanks to .NET Core, the customer can provide its customers with even more flexible, reliable and stable IIOT solutions to increase production and process efficiency, and reduce capital costs.

Technological stack

Platform based on the .NET Framework Core. Mongo DB is used as a database, and the mobile app part is written in Xamarin. A cross-platform library supports all primary mobile and operating systems on PCs, including such as iOS, Android, Windows and OS X, and can be integrated with enterprise applications.

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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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