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With test automation, world's top derivatives house reduces the test execution effort by 80%

With test automation, world's top derivatives house reduces the test execution effort by 80%

Business Need

The IT policy of the client has resulted in several internal systems that serve the banks needs – including core banking, internet banking, financial support systems, and analytics. The client is dependent on the vendors to provide the systems that support the services it wants to offer. However, for innovative services, the cost of getting the vendors to implement a solution that satisfies the business needs has been prohibitively high. The client wanted to embrace SOA based architectures to solve its business problems:

  • To reduce the costs of developing new offerings,
  • To bring the services to the market quickly,
  • To leverage multi-vendor systems

 

Challenges

 

Implementation of SOA at the bank involved multiple challenges. The questions to be addressed were:

  • Considering that the bank uses several vendors, can the design and implementation support different vendors?
  • Since one of the promises of SOA is reduction of costs in dollars and time though broadly accepted standards, bank wanted to ensure that standards are supported.
  • Can the architecture support the performance requirements? Even at the cost of not following the standards, bank would like the solution to be viable. However, the architecture should isolate the violations and design guidelines so that the performance goals are met.
  • Can the platform support re-use? What is the cost of the applications to follow the standards?

 

HCL Solution

 

The client evaluated several middleware vendors and chose TIBCO as their partner, even though the bank uses IBM software predominantly. The bank is building an ESB based on TIBCO, using TIBCO PSG services. HCL solution covered these aspects:

  • A unified service bus that offers services over previous message oriented interfaces.
  • A set of best practices for service providers and consumers
  • Guidelines for vendors to structure their applications
  • Strategy and implementation choices on how to grow ESB in the organization

 

Business Benefits

 

Following are the immediate benefits accrued to the bank:

  • By using the standards, the bank eliminated a number of tasks such as developing ad-hoc systems to describe services.
  • The bank is using a standard mechanisms to access the services. The developers are able to implement client applications without any support from the service providers.
  • The bank has standard tools to measure various aspects of the solutions – performance, the cost of the maintenance and so on.

The bank has already reduced the effort in implementing solutions and expects that it will save around 15% over the life of a project. This number is estimated based on the productivity gains in using the standard toolkits and IDEs that support web services.

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