When Ideal Boilers introduced their first IoT-connected heating control
system, the Touch Connect, they knew that the ability to run
end-to-end tests on the whole system would be crucial to the validation
process and to building confidence in the reliability and robustness of
their new product.
However, there was no built-in way to automatically retrieve current
configuration data from a thermostat.
Ideal turned to me for a solution that would provide the basis for a
fully-automated integrated test suite.
I designed and built a custom test harness for the Touch Connect room
thermostat that allows a controlling computer to activate the thermostat
screen and read off values like the current target temperature.
University of Hull data migration
Academic output is the lifeblood of every university. The research papers,
reports, books and articles published by its staff are its product. As such,
they need to be managed, archived, and preserved with care.
When the University of Hull needed to migrate its academic output archive
from an in-house solution to a third-party software-as-a-service platform,
they turned to me to ensure the process would run smoothly and reliably.
I developed bespoke migration software to connect the different systems
involved, and a workflow to ensure every record was migrated,
validated, and accounted for; with an audit trail that could be reviewed
as part of post-migration Q.A.
The reason that the whole process ran smoothly was because Mike had a
real understanding of what we were trying to achieve.