In this NextStep session Pedro Rosa Santos who leads the consulting services
team for Keep it Simple, an OutSystems Partner, addressed how Dynamic
Business Applications can play a big part in the Insurance industry.
Pedro described the quantum leap experienced in the Insurance industry from
2005-2008 as it tried to deal with market demand for new products, online
self service, the need for real-time information exchange with agent & broker
channels and the drive to invest in new technology in order to reduce costs.
The problem, Pedro explains, is that this has created an extremely complex IT
environment for most Insurance companies around the globe - and the goal of
building an infrastructure that is responsive to market needs - actually
started to have the opposite result - preventing responsiveness!
To address the need for a responsive infrastructure and maintain lo... (more)
This morning's last presentation on track 2 was delivered by Rui Afonso,
OutSystems Channel Manager at Hyfas. The presentation was about Hyfas success
story at Refrige.
Refrige had a very complex material creation process, that spanned across 7
distinct departments. Communication was made by email and Infopath, and at
the end of the process the IT department would copy the gathered information
into SAP and BASIS. The IT department had to confirm all the data, and
sometimes this resulted in having to request missing inputs from information
Hyfas considered both SAP and Ou... (more)
Next up at NextStep - Marteijn Mout who is the project managers of the 'New
meter market model' at E.ON Benelux. E.ON is one of Europe's largest Energy
providers with over 30 million customers in 30 countries. E.ON Benelux has
around 270,000 customers and they have been a customer of OutSystems since
The project that Marteijn talked to us about during this session was to
support the new Government regulation which demands that Suppliers will be
responsible for the collection and validation of meter data of smart meters
from 2009 and for traditional meters from 2010. He sha... (more)
Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software
Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company
that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic
Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart transplant and whether
they are likely to accept or reject the transplant. They are also working on
a clinical study to provide the data to find correlations between genetics
and pathology in disease/immune system-related areas.
Prior to Agile & OutSystems - the development team was 5 developers and 2 SQA
Recently industry analysts, press, and bloggers have been writing about the
state of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and whether it's "dead" or in
the "trough of disillusionment."
These discussions have been fueled by surveys that suggest a decline in the
number of organizations considering SOA, or that organizations have
evaluated, but decided to shelve SOA for the time being. Or, even worse, that
after an initial investment in implementing SOA architectures, organizations
have been unable to capitalize on these investments.
So, what's happening? What were these companies ex... (more)