Technical Consultancy

In an increasingly competitive and dynamic market place, OCS has helped its clients maintain their market position by delivering Insurance IT services and solutions that are geared towards the needs of their business.

OCS’ staff possess a variety of technical skills that can be provided to its clients as either independent resources on a time and deliverable basis or can work as teams delivering software development services.

OCS’ consultants can integrate into client’s IT departments on a full-time, part-time, short-term or long-term basis either operating independently or as part of the client’s project team. Our staff work on a similar basis to contractor resource but with the advantages that they can be utilized more effectively as required, allowing peaks and troughs to be managed and giving long term continuity of knowledge once an assignment has completed.

Alternatively OCS staff can come together as project teams able to deliver bespoke software solutions using the latest technologies such as Java and Microsoft .NET technology.

  • Software Development: Java/J2EE, Microsoft .NET, PowerBuilder, UNIFACE, C/C++, Oracle Developer
  • Databases: Oracle, MS SQL Server, DB2, Sybase, MySQL, MS Access
  • Application Servers: WebSphere, WebLogic, JBoss, Apache
  • Reporting Tools: Business Objects, SAS, Crystal Reports
  • Content Management: Immediacy, SiteKit
  • Middleware: MQ Series, MS MQ, EntireX, Tuxedo
  • Design Tools: Rational Rose, Designer 2000, PowerDesigner
  • Test Tools: Mercury Interactive (TestDirector, WinRunner, LoadRunner), Empirix e-Test Suite, Rational Robot.

In order to supplement OCS’ staff based capacity, OCS has over the years developed a pool of associate and contractor resource to allow our clients to meet short-falls in their resource needs. Often made up of ex-clients, staff and long-term proven contractors OCS’ associate base work to the same high standards of quality delivery and flexibility and due to their relationship with OCS can in most cases provide much needed continuity.

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Microsoft

Microsoft development technologies continue to evolve rapidly into the enterprise, from the classic Visual Basic and SQL Server implementations to the latest in .Net2, .Net 3, C# and web services architectures. Since the mid 1990’s OCS’ commitment to excellence in developing custom Microsoft applications and delivering top quality accredited OCS Consultants and resources to work with clients has grown in strength.

Examples of Microsoft assignments:

  • Development of an Electronic Submission System in .Net for a leading Insurance Company
  • Provision of experienced .Net resource to support an Insurance Underwriter in the development of an Administration System
  • Managed the development of a .Net on-line Account consolidation system for a Mutual Insurance Company.

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Java

In response to the wide-spread adoption of Java/J2EE as an industry standard, OCS has developed a core competence in the design and development of Java software solutions using best practice standards. OCS provides a full range of Java services tailored to the needs of its clients. From a single day consultancy to fully managed projects, OCS has the management and technical skills to deliver consistently high quality services.

Examples of Java assignments:

  • Consultancy and the formulation of a web strategy for the conversion of an in-house ADABAS/Natural system to either a Java or Microsoft based environment.

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Having been established for over 20 years, OCS has gained and retained significant knowledge and experience of legacy technologies and platforms going back to mainframe and client server as well as the latest in web based technologies with client projects being undertaken by experienced programmers, analyst programmers and developers.

OCS has an established history in the areas of ADABAS/Natural and Cobol for mainframe, PowerBuilder, UNIFACE and classic Microsoft Visual Basic VB6, and databases such as Sybase, Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server, OCS today continues to deliver valuable resources and services to our clients around these legacy technologies.

ADABAS/Natural

In 1988 due to the demands of its clients OCS established its ADABAS/Natural Division focusing on technical consultancy and application development services using Software AG‘s Natural, Bolero, EntireX, ADABAS and later XML technologies. OCS provided and continues to provide ADABAS/Natural development, upgrades and migrations, ADABAS database design and administration, flexible remote and on-site support of ADABAS/Natural applications along with proven skills in web, client server and mainframe integration.

Examples of ADABAS/Natural assignments:

  • Provision of project management consultancy to manage a large team undertaking the analysis design, development and implementation of core ADABAS/Natural applications in an IBM host environment for an International Insurance Group
  • Support and maintenance for a major ADABAS/Natural system on a DEC/VAX environment for a Commercial Insurance Organisation.

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UNIFACE

OCS has been a leading UNIFACE provider since 1991 when it established its subsidiary Database Solutions. OCS authored the best selling book – An Introduction to UNIFACE Six, selling over 30,000 copies worldwide, 15,000 copies to the vendor of UNIFACE – Compuware. OCS has continued to provide UNIFACE based services, which include support of UNIFACE based solutions, migration of UNIFACE applications to alternative languages as well as migrating to UNIFACE version 8 and UNIFACE version 9. UNIFACE consultancy remains a core niche technology and OCS’ UNIFACE consultants have moved with the times, providing services that go beyond the core UNIFACE language elements of UNIFACE based development.

Examples of UNIFACE assignments:

  • Design and development of a subscription administration system, using Sybase and UNIFACE to very short timescales, implementing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for an Insurance Marketing Services company
  • Managed and undertook the migration of a major commercial property insurance administration system. The project included migration of UNIFACE Six and Sybase 11 to UNIFACE Seven and Sybase 12.5, re-platforming of the application within an EDS data centre and full regression testing.

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Sybase/PowerBuilder

OCS has been providing Sybase consultancy services since 1991 and in early 1996 OCS expanded its Sybase offering to include the provision of consultancy services to users of PowerBuilder. OCS focuses on providing a full range of project management and client server technical services to clients with expertise in PowerBuilder development tools and Sybase database products. OCS provides experienced PowerBuilder consultants from Project Managers to developers and Sybase database administrators for short and long-term assignments.

For further details please contact us on +44 (0) 20 8731 4335 or email info@ocs-insurance.com

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