It is essential that the information in the platform is functionally correct and always up-and-running. The platform must be reliable, robust and scalable. Indeed, after its launch in 2013, it quickly became clear that the platform was gaining tremendous traction. The first year saw 580 million hits, 5 years later the number of hits grew to 10.8 billion with 8.6 million unique users.
Jeroen also notes that suppliers and end users have changing requirements and that imposed standards (European INSPIRE standard and the Dutch e-government standards) and desired functionalities are firmly subject to change. They have therefore not been idle in recent years, and their ambitions for the future are great.
In recent years, Team Rockstars IT has helped the Land Registry future-proof the infrastructure of PDOK’s platform. They can now access more and larger data sets faster, more reliably and more securely.
According to Jeroen, it is ideal to be able to fall back on software developers who have dealt with these “hatchets” before. IT Rockstars shape the architecture from their experience and develop applications directly with the scrum team.
PDOK has created real-time visibility into the performance of the platform and prides itself on its continuous improvement. For example, they have recently made strides in making applications cloud-ready by publishing Public Docker images, among other things, and testing with Kubernetes environments. It’s all about scalability and reliability. It started with monolithic applications on application servers, then to an environment running entirely on Docker containers to making applications cloud-ready.