CBP Group

"With the help of Cloudreach, we have succeeded, in record time, in deploying high-demand business applications in the rich and complex AWS ecosystem while meeting our project objectives: continuity of service, data security , Hot-swap deployment."

Sébastien Errien, Product Owner Platforms

The challenge

Cbp wanted to be accompanied to industrialize its architecture, processes and tools in order to build the right foundations to launch its first critical business applications.

Another key objective was to automate their software plant, and they needed expertise on how to integrate AWS services with their deployment pipeline.

As part of their outsourcing project, they initially wanted to deploy a key application on AWS. The application includes an electronic tool for creating contracts for insurers as well as interfaces with various applications hosted at CBP (marketing tool) and various external services (electronic signature, sms sending, log analysis, etc.).

The solution

The main objectives of Cloudreach were:

  • Provide the definition of a network architecture and a security model adapted to the CBP environment.
  • Assist in the development of automated and industrial deployment of the application and its environment (from their Jenkins-based software factory).

Other deliverables include recommendations for application protection (WAF), VPN configuration, API Managers, and SSL certificates.

Regular workshops with Cloudreach consultants and development teams throughout the project identified a delivery pipeline that minimized the symptomatic delay of traditional development cycles.

The combination of DevOps culture and a list of field-proven tools enabled Cloudreach to deliver a distribution pipeline tailored to the needs of developers. One of the main objectives was to integrate all the tools together using a delivery-oriented logic.

AWS CloudFormation a permis à Cloudreach de créer un environnement d’infrastructure substantiel à des fins de test «à la volée» qui peut être supprimé immédiatement après le test de contrôle des coûts.

Jenkins CI est un outil largement utilisé pour l’intégration continue, ce qui a fourni la transition logique entre tous les “jobs” du pipeline. Grâce au cloud public, l’infrastructure a été testée à l’échelle à l’aide d’outils comme BlazeMeter. Ces outils sont capables d’interagir avec l’AWS CLI en utilisant la bibliothèque Boto. La fusion de tous ces outils et processus fournit un pipeline de livraison efficace avec tous les avantages business requis.

Le Partenariat

Different systems integrators have been considered for this project, but Cloudreach has distinguished itself by their solid experience on similar missions.

Cloudreach provided a stream-based approach and our team provided and documented all defined deliverables, including some specific scripts to help CBP control their AWS environment.

During the engagement, Cloudreach also helped Cbp develop various topics around AWS, including CloudFormation, encryption on AWS and High Availability architecture.

Le Résultat

The Cbp team is now much more autonomous on AWS.

About CBP Group

Cbp, a subsidiary of Groupe Financière CEP, is one of the leading French brokerage firms specializing in the insurance of borrowers and individual pension plans. Cbp operates in Continental Europe , through its presence in France but also in Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Portugal.

Leader in France with nearly a quarter of the market in « group contracts » and production in individual contracts, the turnover 2015 is 126.4M € and the company has more than 700 employees.

Cbp is mandated by its partners to manage loan and personal insurance contracts. Partners and insured are at the heart of the organization.

Via the platforms and the dedicated webspace, we accompany them daily on their journey: from the subscription to the declaration of a claim. Our tools are specially designed to facilitate every contact, simplify access to information and optimize processing times .

Le succès de Cbp repose entre autre, sur la proposition de solutions complètes et personnalisées pour répondre aux besoins des 3 acteurs : les assureurs, les distributeurs et les assurés.

Cbp souhaite garantir à ses partenaires la mise à disposition de solutions adaptées à chaque contexte avec une forte réactivité. Pour ce faire, Cbp a toujours orienté la stratégie de son système d’information afin de répondre à ces objectifs: développer ses applications métiers en propre, utiliser des architectures et technologies à l’état de l’art, disposer de processus de développement agiles.

C’est dans cette recherche permanente d’optimisation, d’agilité et de réactivité, que Pascal Guillard, Membre du Directoire en charge du pôle excellence opérationnelle au sein du GIE Cbp a lancé un projet stratégique de transformation de son système d’information, afin de faire profiter à ses partenaires les opportunités offertes par le marché des services dits de « cloud » aujourd’hui mature.

Les deux principales raisons qui ont motivé cette décision sont les suivantes:

1) Réduire les coûts informatiques afin de réinvestir les gains dans l’amélioration de leurs produits

2) Garantir le meilleur SLA à leurs clients afin d’augmenter la qualité des services sur une base 24/7

 

Cbp a voulu commencer ce voyage dans le cloud public en choisissant AWS comme  plateforme.