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September 16, 2019updated 17 Sep 2019 2:35pm

IBM accelerates application development at Primerica

Primerica  has turned to technology giant IBM to enhance its internal and customer-facing applications using hybrid cloud capabilities.

The insurer collaborated with the IBM Garage team on the initiative.

The move is aimed at addressing the challenges linked to Primerica’s monolithic application architecture that is said to affect development speed adversely.

With this architecture in place, application upgrades call for complete rebuilds and sometimes span a year.

IBM Garage VP Katie Kean said: “By design, companies in the insurance industry have decades of data and mission critical workloads spread across a variety of environments.

“As they seek to innovate faster to meet the evolving needs of their customers, iconic companies like Primerica are turning to IBM for help implementing hybrid cloud strategies and solutions, learning new ways of working to modernise applications, and tapping into data secured across any cloud environment — public, private, or traditional on-premises.”

The collaboration with IBM enabled the insurance company to move its WebSphere app, among others, to a private cloud in the data centre.

The technology provider said that the partnership enables Primerica to secure sensitive information on-premise.

The alliance is also said to support Primerica in accessing cloud technologies including containers and microservices to accelerate the pace of software enhancements.

Primerica CTO and EVP of application development and delivery Barry Pellas said: “We knew IBM could execute on a strategic transformation roadmap to help us get the most out of new technologies like Kubernetes and eventually bring all of Primerica’s applications into a hybrid cloud environment to speed development.”


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