Rachel Coyne on 25 Oct 2015

Rapid software delivery in Azure a first for RACI

Azure PAAS allows rapid software development and delivery for RAC Insurance

RAC Insurance (RACI) was keen to bring a new and innovative insurance product to market as quickly as possible with the aim of testing market appetite.  Being able to deliver a product for the online market in a tight timeframe that was both economical and low risk was a challenge to RACI’s traditional IT approval channels and work pipeline process.

RACI turned to its strategic IT partner, Satalyst, which relished the opportunity to demonstrate how the Azure cloud platform and Satalyst’s innovative ways of using technology and lean methodologies can provide real and cost effective business solutions.

Satalyst had less than four weeks and a mere fraction of the normal product development budget to deliver a minimally viable product ready to be deployed live to the online market.  A small Satalyst team comprising of a software architect, developer and project manager collaborated closely with an RACI product owner and other key personnel to build and deploy software in Microsoft Azure for a bicycle insurance product.

Using intelligent Azure cloud solutions, Satalyst applied lean methodologies and continuous integrated delivery in Azure to build the software and had it deployed and ready for launch in three weeks.  Hosting the software in the cloud allowed an instantaneous go-live and provides the flexibility for instantaneous updates and deployment of future enhancements.

Satalyst’s use of intelligent cloud solutions, lean methodology and continuous integration for rapid software delivery in Azure is a new way of working for RACI and provides the insurer with a platform for the rapid deployment of new products in the future.

Satalyst's software architect, Damien Herbert.

Satalyst’s software architect, Damien Herbert.

RAC Insurance’s bike insurance is now available on its website.  It is a stand-alone insurance product for cyclists wanting to insure their bikes for accidental damage and theft and comes with $1M of liability cover.