Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. has signed an IT deal with end to end IT services company DXC, supporting the insurer’s transformation initiatives until 2022.
This is an extension of an agreement first signed in 2009, and therefore bucks the reported trend – by some margin – of shorter contracts being in vogue. Presumably the companies have built in enough flexibility to allow the requirement to change dramatically as and when necessary.
The new agreement will help Zurich to bridge the cloud with some traditional elements, including the move from legacy systems to digital platforms. To support Zurich’s modernization of its environment, DXC will eliminate as much of the underlying hardware as possible with the DXC Agility Platform, which includes point-and-click tools to provision new workloads and set up cloud orchestration, governance and security.
Zurich will also move to DXC’s hyperconverged private cloud, a software-defined data center (SDDC) solution that meets scalability and security requirements at a lower cost. Powered by the DXC Agility Platform’s hybrid cloud management solution, Zurich will be able to reduce its server provisioning time, reduce costs, and accelerate development with streamlined DevOps practices.
Thomas Kropp, Group Chief IT Services Officer at Zurich Insurance Group said: “Market differentiation is key in today’s global insurance market. We need a committed technology partner who can scale alongside us and support and accelerate our strategy.” He added: “We want to offer our customers innovative, convenient products and services quickly and cost effectively. Our decision to extend the contract with DXC signals our ongoing pledge to invest in the agility and modernization of our systems for our customers.”
“True digital transformation requires the ability to deliver flawlessly today, while at the same time consider new approaches for tomorrow,” said Mike Lawrie, chairman, president and CEO of DXC Technology. “Done properly, the efficiency gains that come from next-gen private and public cloud technologies are the foundation for driving digital transformations at leading companies like Zurich, for which DXC has been a committed service provider for 13 years.”