For thousands of years, society has advanced through engineering marvels. From bringing fresh water into ancient cities via aqueducts, to exploring space to expand our horizons, engineers have solved our greatest challenges. Governments and businesses invest billions of dollars each year in mechanical, civil, chemical, biomedical, and electrical engineering efforts to advance their missions. One engineering discipline that is often overlooked is IT engineering. Even though governments and businesses make substantial investments in IT, the overall investment in IT engineering is sparse. 

The primary cause for the lack of investment in IT engineering is the scarcity of IT companies who have real IT engineering expertise. This is primarily due to few companies having hands-on experience building an entire enterprise system. Most large IT companies subcontract their work to smaller businesses who focus on a single area of the endeavor. Unlike those companies, STP’s IT engineering expertise spans the entire implementation over its full lifecycle. Our hands-on experience architecting and engineering systems for the IRS has given STP the unique engineering know-how to solve a customer’s greatest of challenges through IT. We have engineered systems that can never fail, scale to seasonal peak demands, protect against attacks from enemy nations, and are assessable to anyone who needs to use the systems’ services.

Our IT engineering expertise includes the following:

Performance – Benchmarking, testing and tuning the system 

Capacity – Modeling and sizing the network, hardware and software layers

Security – Identifying vulnerabilities, determining countermeasures, and creating policy

Privacy – Conducting risk assessments and safeguarding data

Software – Choosing design patterns, directing development teams, and reviewing code

Network – Architecting the network topology and configuring network components

Storage – Designing storage area networks and backup routines

Disaster Recovery – Identifying and assessing potential points of failure and developing a strategy for continuity

Data – Designing and tuning databases, directories and data warehouses, creating data migration plans, and determining data mining techniques

Messaging – Architecting multi-platform guaranteed delivery communications

Monitoring – Designing systems to collect, correlate, and report faults, events, and performance trends from processes and components

Process – Establishing and optimizing best practice procedures and measuring results to make further improvements

Automation – Identifying and assessing processes favorable for automation and designing and executing automation scripts  

Accessibility – Designing interfaces that are usable for people with special needs and compatible with assistive technologies