ColdFusion Consulting

TeraTech experts have decades of combined experience in ColdFusion consulting, creating and maintaining CF applications.

Together with our in-depth knowledge of ColdFusion server tuning and security audits we can provide CF consulting better than most in house software teams..

TeraTech ColdFusion Consulting portfolio:

ColdFusion Development

TeraTech has developed sophisticated data-driven web sites for a wide range of organizations, from corporations to government agencies. Our ColdFusion gurus have years of experience — not just in database applications and website development, but also in understanding client needs and managing projects so they come in on time and on budget. We can successfully turn your vision into reality.

ColdFusion Support and Maintenance

Remove the worry and risk from your revenue-generating ColdFusion applications. Start making predictable progress on new features. Let our ColdFusion consultants rescue your project.

Do these sound familiar?

  • You’re responsible for a revenue-generating application that you don’t trust 100%
  • You have no contingency plan for a sudden developer departure or a server outage
  • Implementing new features is a painful, ad-hoc process
  • Your existing supplier provides slow or best-availability turnaround, even for simple requests
  • Your existing developer went snowboarding and never came back
  • Every time a new freelancer works on the site, something breaks
  • Application availability (and reliability) is poor
  • You’d like to consider other options but you don’t have a transition plan

TeraTech helps you protect your custom, revenue-generating ColdFusion application with a predictable-cost, rapid transition to a more stable, maintainable state.

Industry-standard DevOps best practices reduce lost revenue due to downtime and avoidable errors.

ColdFusion Crash

Have a CF Emergency? Slow CF app or crashing server. We can help.

Slow ColdFusion Applications

Are your ColdFusion applications running slowly? Are visitors abandoning your site due to pages taking forever to load? High rates of site abandonment can result in lost revenue and affect your bottom line.

Slow applications can be caused by a variety of problems within the application code itself as well as how your servers are configured. TeraTech has a team of application specialists that can properly diagnose what is causing your application to slow down and develop a treatment plan to get you back up to speed.

Crashing ColdFusion Server

Is your ColdFusion server crashing? Taking down all your apps and causing your users and senior management to be upset.

Server crashes can be caused by a number of seemly unrelated issues in the CF server, Java Virtual Machine, SQL database and OS. TeraTech experts can diagnose what the root cause is and bring your applications back to full health

We do Load Testing and Performance Tuning to prevent future crashes. Helping you implement best practices, performance monitoring and determining hardware needs for the projected load. We can set up load balancing and clustering for high-performance systems.

 

Adobe ColdFusion Consulting Process Developed by TeraTech

We are looking forward to working with you on your next project. Our process is simple, there’s no obligation to move forward unless it makes sense for you, and everything is completely transparent.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Tell us why you need ColdFusion consulting by using this form, giving us a call, or chatting with us through Live Chat.
  2. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours or less to schedule a call to discuss your upcoming project.
  3. If you’re interested in moving forward, we’ll provide a detailed proposal with pricing options, deadlines, and complete scope of work, so you know exactly what to expect.
  4. After going through your proposal with you, if everything makes sense, we’ll begin working on your project.

Remember - we guarantee that all projects will be completed by the agreed-upon deadline and budget.

ColdFusion Common Problems and Issues

ColdFusion Maintenance Problem Identification and Fix

TeraTech ColdFusion experts have decades of combined experience in creating and maintaining CF applications.

We work with a wide range of organizations all over the world, from corporations to government agencies. Because of our dedication for doing what we say, and providing our services at the promised budget and within the time-frame given, our clients are grateful they chose to hire us.

Together with our in-depth knowledge of Adobe ColdFusion, we can help with CF consulting, maintenance, development and updates better than most in house software teams.

Typical engagements involve highly aggressive time-restraints to get business-critical systems running smoothly. Building on our consulting infrastructure and vast experience, we’re able to offer the fastest route to identifying and solving your problems.

TeraTech helps you protect your custom, revenue-generating ColdFusion application with a predictable-cost, rapid transition to a more stable, maintainable state.

Industry-standard DevOps best practices reduce lost revenue due to downtime and avoidable errors.

Our engineers work flexibly and quickly adapt to fit with your requirements – whether you need a quick fix of your problem, or prefer our ColdFusion experts to step in full, and resolve your issues autonomously, we can help.

Our ColdFusion experts are cross-technology trained & certified.

ColdFusion’s built-in efficiency tricks make application development:

  1. more productive.
  2. faster.

By growing your business, there are some obstacles on the way. We at TeraTech want to make sure that ColdFusion maintenance, performance tuning and load testing at regular intervals will make sure your app and servers can handle that growth, letting your product updates and new ideas quickly become money-makers.

Leading an IT operation is uniquely problematic: too often, you can fall victim to your own success. And your popularity could lead to your downfall.
It seems ideal: being so popular, people are breaking down doors to get to your service or app. Yet high demand for your outrageously awesome product or service causes a spike in traffic and can crash the whole application.
ColdFusion can deal with your popularity. (Don’t worry, it won’t get jealous.)

To show you exactly what TeraTech has done for others, and how we can provide similar CF consulting solutions for your organization, we’ve added some recent case studies below. Of course, all organizations and companies are different, but we want to make it clear that we give every one of our clients the same “white glove treatment” we provided for these organizations.

ColdFusion Database Tuning

Coldfusion Database issues are a very common cause for poor web application performance.

What is performance tuning in SQL?

Is your web application slowing down? Lucky you! Reduced speed is often the cost of popularity.

As demand for an application grows, its resources are taxed. The gears of the machine gum up and slow down. Alas, success has its downsides.

Most systems or networks have an ideal performance capacity, something akin to an “in shape” athlete playing at his or her highest level. Increased use and greater loads are weights strapped to that athlete’s legs and back. Performance tuning is the counter to those weights.

Most common ColdFusion performance tunning problems are:

  1. Inefficient schemas
  2. Missing or incorrect indexes
  3. Transaction strategy problems
  4. Poor caching strategy

Done properly, performance tuning can rejuvenate a slowing application.

Simple steps to optimize your ColdFusion database and its functions:

  1. Regular ColdFusion Maintenance
  2. Establishing good habits within your database
  3. Make sure your hardware is optimized, especially hard drives
  4. Preventative maintenance and nifty performance tuning together with testing the effectiveness of your performance tuning (Load testing)
  5. Load testing means simulating real-world usage and testing capacity.
  6. This can show your progress and uncover unseen inefficiencies

Get the Best Best ColdFusion Server Optimization

Perhaps one of the most enduring goals for you is optimal server uptime and performance. It is a daily challenge that needs to be addressed to make sure that your servers and applications run smoothly every time.

The key focus areas you should be aware of

  1. Planning

    TeraTech Experts aggressively enforce maintenance schedules and system configurations and double-check the work done, after which we coordinate your acquisitions and upgrades toward system availability and performance.

  2. We make sure you do your PMS

    Preventative maintenance is 100% easier and better than a full system repair. It’s just like changing the oil in your car. Better to do it now, than buy a new engine later.

  3. Take advantage of monitoring and management tools

    These tools were created to make your life easier. TeraTech experts are trained to use them to your advantage and to gain proper insight into what is causing your server to lag and track how the downtime is hurting your business’ bottom line.

  4. TeraTech helps you to increase your security

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many servers do not have adequate protection.

ColdFusion Security

Priority and Severity Ratings According to Adobe

Before we get into what the security problems actually are, we need to understand Adobe’s degrees of importance. Adobe breaks down potential threats and security risks into two separate scales.

Priority Scale

The priority scale evaluates the risk associated with each vulnerability in question. The priorities are based on a number of factors including types of vulnerabilities, historic attack patterns, and platforms affected. The scale has 3 separate levels with recommended timelines for remedy. Adobe’s scale is as follows:

  • Priority 1:
    • This update resolves around targeted ColdFusion vulnerabilities, or which have a higher target risk, by exploit(s) in the wild for a given product version and platform. Adobe recommends administrators install the update as soon as possible. (within 72 hours).
  • Priority 2:
    • This update resolves vulnerabilities in ColdFusion that have historically been at elevated risk. There are currently no known exploits. Based on previous experience, we do not anticipate exploits are imminent. As a best practice, Adobe recommends administrators install the update soon (within 30 days).
  • Priority 3:
    • This update resolves vulnerabilities in CF that has historically not been a target for attackers. Adobe recommends administrators install the update at their discretion.

Severity Scale

The Adobe severity scale helps you determine the security impact of each vulnerability.

Critical A CF vulnerability, which, if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, without a user being aware.
Important A CF vulnerability, which, if exploited would compromise data security. This allows access to confidential data, or could compromise processing resources in a user's computer.
Moderate A CF vulnerability that is limited to a significant degree by factors such as default configuration, auditing, or is difficult to exploit.

ColdFusion Security Procedure developed by TeraTech

TeraTech experts can assess your apps and decide if they are at risk to security threats.

Once risks have been identified, we are working on providing the fixes and solutions on how to repair and secure your code.

Actions performed if your system is affected:

  • Install the updates provided after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user to minimize effects of attack.
  • Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by untrusted sources.
  • Educate users of the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from untrusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.

TeraTech ColdFusion Best Practices to deploy when securing your ColdFusion platform:

  • Understand Basic ColdFusion
    • This sounds like a no-brainer, but failure to understand your platform can lead to gross amounts of human error. Human error can lead to an obscene degree of improper coding and that carries over to security concerns as well.
  • Write in Security
    • By writing secure code and implementing security in the design, we minimize the number of attacks. However, if the attack does occur and an extra level of cryptography or security will minimize the effects of the attack.
  • Ensure your Security
    • Be careful to maintain proper code design. When coding is complete, be sure to use proper security testing to make sure your system is as secure as you believe it is.
  • Secure Deployment
    • Along with proper testing, TeraTech experts use security tools that will further hamper malicious attacks on your software. Sometimes, an extra layer of security will do the trick.
  • Verify Code Compliance
    • Compliances are set for a reason. Make sure your codes are up to snuff when publishing to catch easily preventable attacks.
  • TeraTech Experts Help to Train Yourself and Your Team
    • Cybersecurity is an ever-changing battlefield. Stay up-to-date on current threats and the countermeasures for them. Continue to train yourself and your team for the current standards for program developing.
  • Update your Platform
    • When ColdFusion releases new security updates…we recommend doing the UPDATE. Many web app attacks are easily prevented by keeping your platform updated. No need to undergo full security troubleshoot due to simple complacency. Stay vigilant with your security updates.
  • Backup regularly
    • We make sure to perform regular backups of your OS and Databases

The big part of TeraTech maintenance and prevention tactics is to help you stay updated with all ColdFusion updates and new releases. The more updated and secure your ColdFusion platform is, the more secure your code will be. Maintaining security the right thing to do for your web apps, clients, and code. If ever you should experience any unlisted security issues with ColdFusion, TeraTech experts will make sure that the problem is addressed immediately in order to secure your application.

TeraTech Case Studies

We work with a wide range of organizations all over the world, from corporations to government agencies. Because of our dedication for doing what we say, and providing our services at the promised budget and within the time-frame given, our clients are grateful they chose to hire us.

To show you exactly what TeraTech has done for others, and how we can provide similar CF solutions for your organization, we’ve added some recent case studies below. Of course, all organizations and companies are different, but we want to make it clear that we give every one of our clients the same “white glove treatment” we provided for these organizations.

Testimonials about working with TeraTech

Every year we experience an influx of students. Obviously, in the fall semester, we find that our system takes has the biggest activity at that particular time than any other year. And that's compounded by the fact that we are also going through financial audit. So our auditors are hitting these massive financial reports and grinding their way through data at the time that students are coming in. And what we had noticed during this time is that ColdFusion the memory on the server was actually spiraling out of control. And so we would start out working really well but was as activity increased to the beginning of the semester, more and more that that memory that was allocated to cold server confusion was actually getting used up considerably, and it would actually reach to the point where it could not allocate any more memory. itself. And at that point, we had to actually kill the service. We didn't have to actually kill the server, we stopped the service, and which obviously interfered with what people were doing at the time. And so we knew we had to do something. Because we were working on a program that's actually going to bring in potentially thousands of more students. And it just wasn't going to do well for us if we hit that benchmark of students coming in, if we weren't prepared to handle them. So after researching, I was able to find terror attack to just some Google searches, just talking, I've met Kayla on LinkedIn. So I had that sort of connection with him. And so I was able to reach out and speak to them about how to fix this. And so I was able to contact him through LinkedIn and was able to get a response.

Anthony Moore
Director of Information Systems
Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia KY

"What you can learn about yourself and your own code from folks who know what they're doing, like the people at TeraTech is only going to help you improve your product; improve your code by understanding what you can do better.

You might learn something!

Or by finding one of those bugs that really would have bit you and may have been a career-limiting event. So don't take the help of others for granted.

Two moments that were very encouraging about the working time with TeraTech. The first moment was right at the beginning when there was a Basecamp site set up and I saw that there was going to be good communication and project management pools you right from the start. That gives me a lot of confidence that the people I'm working with are going to be right on top of all the communication, keep track of all the details that I won't have to worry about. Having a good, robust establish communication method for your team to all work together and work with me directly was an Aha moment that this is, this process is going to go well.
Number two was seeing the deliverable document or the draft, the first draft of the deliverable document at the end of the project. I've certainly worked with enough people in the past. You have gotten an email or a form word document or pdf where the company name is filled in and that's always discouraging to me cause I don't like the work product that I'm paying, you know, if the money of our students in our institution to go to a form with some checkboxes and the work product from TeraTech was, was fantastic. It was not only a full set of test results that was sort of in that form format, but also, very well detailed question and answer and concern points and compliance and best practice points at weren't form. This is how it could impact your business or how effective are secure your application as this is the problem or these are the problems where you're straying from best practice or potential security concerns. And that was important to me to see that the project really focused on us as a customer individually and not as a, here we've done our standard thing, we filled in the blanks and there's your work product.  I felt very good about the value product that TeraTech provided."

Brad Metzler
Sr. Network Engineer
Concordia University
ColdFusion Security Audit and Code Review

"When I arrived at TIA and had a quick look around at what we were using and how we were using it, I've found a 20 year old application that was written in ColdFusion. Turns out it was written by at least three groups of programmers, so it went through three transitions. Add in a 20-year old application written in ColdFusion. It had been through three generations of programmers, so there was at least three styles and three designs reflected in the source code and the database and were not a ColdFusion, or even a trained technician.

We have some shelf teaching of course, but I had to reach out, and find someone who could help me with it. It's not perfect because it was 20 years old, and every time we upgrade something, we get unusual results and the code itself does not come out perfect.

So when we hit an instance where we couldn't get through it, I needed someone I could lean on and I turned to TeraTech. I did a search and found them to be well known in the industry, good at a really good reputation around ColdFusion. Their main office location that I found was in Rockville, Maryland. We're in Northern Virginia, and they were close by, so it made the call got introduced and they went from there."

George Nicolson
TIA
Director IT