Bupa has awarded IT consultancy Edenbrook a two-year, £5m contract extension to develop Microsoft .net-based systems to support its UK private healthcare business.
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Following a project to re-engineer Bupa International's systems to a service oriented architecture using Microsoft's .net Framework and an Oracle database, Edenbrook was hired in December 2004 to analyse requirements for doing the same with Bupa UK's SME business.
The deal has now been extended to cover all of Bupa UK's insurance and membership services.
The new systems will aim to ensure common business functions can be re-used throughout the business using web services. These will be used by Bupa's customer-facing web systems and will be combined to support configurable business processes.
Systems will be accessible via the internet and have a user interface developed with Microsoft's .net Windows Forms. This style of smart client application allows users to access the system via low-bandwidth connections.