The client, a global insurance firm with a strong presence in the US, required an effective maintenance, enhancement and application support for a core insurance reporting system. This system was critical to the client’s statutory reporting and annual statement filings. Mindtree was required to formulate the strategy for effective transition from incumbent vendor and ensuring the improvement in application maintenance and scalability.
A global insurance firm
Insurance and financial services
Application maintenance and development
- The reporting system has been developed over the course of 30 years was lacking a uniformity in coding standards.
- Inadequate documentation proved to be a big challenge as it didn’t allow the team to gain familiarity with its nuances.
Hostile Incumbent Vendor
- Due to the hostile vendor, the complexities involved in the transition increased further which resulted in longer knowledge transfer and transition period.
Need for speedy ramp-ups
- Effective documentation and prioritization was required for the numerous activities by ensuring that there were no support gaps and it gets easier for the new vendor to understand the basic requirements.
- The most critical achievement was that the hostile nature of the incumbent vendor was overcome during the handover phase. Despite the non-cooperative behavior, a zero disturbance transition was accomplished, giving no trouble whatsoever to the client.
- A comprehensive support mechanism with 24x7 helpdesk along with on-going production support and job monitoring has been put in place. This has helped in avoiding escalations and ensuring that all issues are resolved internally.
- Thorough problem investigation and testing support mechanism ensured that the system is kept updated with all the requirements through continuous monitoring.
- Add-on teams performed development, conversion and migration activities to ensure that application remains up to date.
Mindtree’s differentiated approach and solution resulted in:
- Mindtree’s skill set and responsiveness helped in achieving a high customer satisfaction. On a scale of 5, the Voice of Customer (taken every six months) during the last three rating cycles has consistently remained high at 4.8, 4.9 and 4.6.
- A reusable and detailed system documentation has been created. All the transition artifacts – i.e., application handbooks and presentations – are standardized and extensively audited for SOX compliance.
Application Optimization and Modernization
- The month end processing cycle has been reduced to 18 hours from the existing 36 hours which also helped in significant cost savings. Batch setup was cleaned up and field definition standardized across application code and database.
- Stringent Support Level Agreements have been established for support, maintenance and enhancement services. Each team’s roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, leaving no gaps in the application support structure.