Simplify a complex and expensive IT infrastructure, while making this process transparent for its users and minimizing risk to business-critical solutions
Over the last 30 years, FIATC has developed its core business applications, including back office, ERP and CRM solutions, as well as all insurance product-related applications, using a variety of programming languages, such as COBOL, RPG, Easytrieve and VisualAge. The solutions were then deployed in an IBM mainframe environment.
Jordi de Martín, CIO of FIATC, explains the challenge that this posed: “The combination of programming languages and databases required us to maintain a highly complex and expensive infrastructure. With different databases we had no easy way to analyze data, or utilize it with Business Intelligence (BI) or advanced analytics tools. It was also difficult to find the necessary development skills. Millennials are not mainframe-trained, nor do they have the motivation required to work in this environment. As our business grew, so did the demands on our IT function. The business wants modernized applications, especially with regard to mobility and online functionality. With the environment that we had, we were not able to respond with sufficient efficiency, cost-effectiveness and speed.”
FIATC did consider rewriting the key applications or replacing them with a packaged solution. However, with over 30 million lines of code (LOC) and a highly customized environment, these were simply not viable options. The company wanted to minimize risk, significantly reduce costs and simplify the IT infrastructure.