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Business Applications Quarterly Planning

This page details the work we will do on our business applications and the LIR Portal in the coming quarter, how you can give your input on that work and our reaction to that input.

We have three objectives in publishing our quarterly planning:

  1. We want to be transparent about the work we are doing
  2. We want your input on that work and our planning, and we want to document that input, and let you know if and when we can add your suggestions to our planning
  3. We want an open dialogue with members and community on developments around our applications and the LIR Portal

We launched this initiative in Q4 2021, and we are open to improving what we publish here and how we do that. So let us know if there are ways we can better present our plans.

We will update this page as our activities progress and continue to share updates on RIPE Labs, on the RIPE NCC Membership Discussion and RIPE NCC Services Working Group (WG) mailing lists, and at RIPE Meetings and other events.

Q4 2023 Plans

Last Updated: 19 September 2023

Item Activity Description Status
1 Modernisation of RIPE NCC Access

RIPE NCC Access (SSO) combines a third-party identity provider and an application we have developed in-house. We have several issues with the current solution, so we want to review the architecture and decide on what changes we can make in the future.
In Q3 2022, our preferred candidate decided to stop providing access in some countries within our service region due to sanctions, and the risk of that happening to other providers increased. Therefore we decided to use Keycloak, an open-source solution. This brings new challenges, so we have been working on the architecture and the infrastructure needed for the new tool. To reduce the maintenance effort, in Q2 2023, we deployed the solution to EKS (Kubernetes in AWS) with a disaster recovery solution in place in case our access to AWS is cut off for any reason. 

The next phase of the implementation is introducing additional features such as SSO integration with other platforms, additional multi-factor authentication options, and improved security.

In progress

2 Improvements in the registry software

We plan to make some changes to our internal registry software in relation to End Users to make it more future-proof. We would like to make some modifications to the architecture of how we store some of the information, add some additional functionality and increase automation.

In progress

3 Automation of the Assisted Registry Check (ARC)

The ARCs are part of the auditing activity of the RIPE NCC. The process has been email-based until now, with little automation.

We plan to increase automation for this activity to make it easier for members to complete it as well as to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the activity.

In progress

Items completed in the last quarter

  1. Support for the upcoming RIPE Meeting and General Meeting

More information can be found on the archived plans page.

Community Input on Planning

We want the community to contribute to our plans and suggest additional work items. Please share your comments with us or post them on the RIPE NCC Membership Discussion or RIPE NCC Services WG mailing lists. And we'll be monitoring all the other channels where people talk about these services.

We will be adding your feedback on this page as we progress with our plans.

Reference Input RIPE NCC Reaction
BA-2021-#01 Request to add a "view only" user to the LIR Portal that would allow the defined user to see all resources of the specific LIR (including RPKI) but not be able to modify anything.

New feature requests for the LIR Portal are on hold pending the modernisation of the RIPE NCC access solution.

BA-2022-#01 Request on the mailing list to automatically add the primary LIR contact as CC: in all tickets, or to provide the ability to add additional CC:’s via the LIR Portal after the ticket has been created.
BA-2022-#02 Request on the mailing list to have the ability to trim the CC: list of a given ticket (for example to remove ticketing systems), or the ability to add a custom tag to the email Subject: line to facilitate better ticket tracking.

Archived Quarterly Plans

You can find our plans from the previous quarters on this page. The Q4 2023 plans will be archived once we publish the Q1 2024 planning.