Friday Aug 21, 2009

Leading Health Insurer Solves Software Integration Problems with Sun SOA Solution


Medavie Blue Cross is a not-for profit company in eastern Canada that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability plans to more than 2,000,000 people. In 2007, Medavie Blue Cross knew its 20-year-old architecture was nearing the end of its life. The existing architecture contained many legacy technologies, which forced developers to create point-to-point interfaces to add new services, a labor-intensive process which meant the company could not rapidly adapt to change.
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(Image courtesy: Medavie)
Medavie Blue Cross decided to migrate its IT environment to a service-oriented architecture supported by an enterprise-service bus. Mediavie Blue Cross evaluated SOA and ESB solutions from IBM, Oracle, and Sun, ultimately choosing the Sun Solution which included Sun GlassFish ESB Enterprise Edition, along with Sun OpenSSO Enterprise to secure data. Built on open-source technologies, GlassFish ESB was extremely cost effective and came with support from Sun and the open-source community. The standards-based development environment – Java Platform EE5 – promoted flexibility, eliminated vendor lock-in and accelerated developer productivity.

In 2008, IT personnel designed a long-term architectural plan to deploy the ESB in 2009, to implement the enterprise-wide SOA by 2011, and to replace all legacy technologies by 2012. IT employees attended training sessions hosted by Sun Educational Services as developers began working on a pilot project in March 2008 to integrate claims-processing systems. In May 2009, the pilot project entered its final testing phase and is expected to go into production this summer.

Deploying GlassFish ESB and OpenSSO has given Medavie Blue Cross the secure and agile infrastructure it needs to rapidly integrate its technologies in a noninvasive way, regardless of components' age, vendor, or platform.

Darren Swansbur, Enterprise Architect at Medavie Blue Cross said “GlassFish ESB supports a large number of Web-services standards right out of the box. And because you can use Metro Web Services, GlassFish ESB provides a standards-based way of developing services so I can incorporate code from other vendors with a minimal amount of work.”

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