Reinsurer Munich Re is using web-based business technology optimisation software to create a central testing platform for a global roll-out of SAP enterprise software.
Rainer Jansen, chief information officer at Munich Re, said establishing the testing platform would allow the company to standardise processes. He called the global SAP project, codenamed Gloria, "the most ambitious IT project in Munich Re's history".
Before embarking on the testing project, the reinsurer conducted an internal review in collaboration with SAP to identify all the business processes and data it required for its non-life reinsurance business. It found that it could standardise at least 90% of them.
The firm is now running more than 50 sub-projects using web-based business technology optimisation software from Mercury to prepare its disparate systems for use on the testing platform.
The Mercury products were used to create a central test solution spanning every platform and projects of all sizes, on the basis of standardised methods and tools, the company said.
Establishing the platform is part of Munich Re's push to make its systems compatible with the MySAP Insurance software.
A Munich Re spokesman said the company needed a platform that could let it use its existing software licences for a global deployment.
"To achieve centralised business processes, we are focused on crafting a homogeneous IT environment which makes it easier to run applications and above all to maintain the systems. Using automated tests is the icing on the cake," he said.