The first step towards a software development factory…
AGPM is an independent group operating in the social economy and governed by the principles of mutuality, which serves the defense and military community and whose management is firmly geared towards exclusively protecting the interests of its subscribers. Over the past five years, the insurer has undertaken a vast program to update its information systems, and has turned to Bull to support it in evolving its mission critical applications.
AGPM’s aim is to migrate all its core business applications – such as incident management, subscriber management, contract management and accounting management – to open environments. Following an initial phase dedicated to migrating the incident management application, a second stage has now begun, which involves establishing the technological building blocks on which the entire future information system will depend.
Given the scale of the planned programs of work, AGPM have chosen Bull to help it implement a software development factory for Java/J2EE and ETL applications. This is based on NovaForge™, Bull’s platform which includes all the industrial-scale processes and tools needed in software development projects.
A single view of each subscriber’s file
The management of subscribers and contracts (known as OCEA), the most vital area for an insurer, was the first project to be brought into the software development factory, with the creation of a portal giving centralized access to each subscriber’s file. The portal, which is interfaced with all AGPM’s information systems, is based on Open Source components, with the JBoss application sever and more technical frameworks.
Bull’s expertise in new technologies has enabled AGPM to build a subscriber relationship management solution that has been up and running since June 2010 and is used every day by over 600 users.
Sharing components: a driving force for innovation
The OCEA project provided the opportunity to build a number of core components which future applications – such as centralized approvals management, reference data management and batch management in J2EE – will be based. When it comes to the latter, Bull has been involved in implementing a solution that automates batch processing under JAVA.
Recently, AGPM has awarded Bull the contract to rewrite its electronic document management application which digitizes, distributes and circulates its incoming mail. It is integrated with the various core components developed for the subscriber portal. The project includes data recovery and transformation, and is due to go live before the end of 2010.
Significant developments currently under way should ensure that AGPM has a high-performance, scalable information system which will help it improve the quality of services it provides to subscribers and can adapt to the changing demands of the insurance market.