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Insurer speeds SOA development

Insurance company Atradius has implemented an emerging technology that automates monitoring of software development.

The roll out of the application development software will support the migration of key business processes to a service oriented architecture (SOA).

"We could manage the performance of our software development without this technology, but we believe that with permanent automated analysis the efficiency gains are quite significant," said Atradius' director of IT services, Jürg Müller.

Atradius is using the application development software from Cast to improve its development processes. This will enable a speedier migration of its 25 most important business processes on to its IBM Websphere SOA.

Because insurance policies are intangible products made possible by business processes, SOA's potential to enable reuse of those processes is a particular boon to insurers.

Müller said, "What we will see is quite a significant improvement in sales because of the reusability of services for our policy creation processes."

Atradius, which is a specialist credit insurer, plans to move its most important business processes onto IBM Websphere over a three-year period, starting with three processes this year.

The first to go live will be a core claims process due to be transferred this summer.

The Cast application is being used by 25 IT managers in Atradius' 300-strong IT department to analyse the performance of its in-house software development.

Over time the application will be extended to about 80 users, as performance management of the development function becomes more automated.

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This was first published in March 2007

 

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