Monthly Archives: September 2010

EA Café 9: Cross-Enterprise Architecture Reality Check – A Case Study

About the Topic:

‘Case Study: Cross-Enterprise Architecture Reality Check’ tells the story of Swiss Life’s Germany and Switzerland entities, who previously operated mostly autonomously, but cooperated in a joint program, named Pulse, in 2007 to bring variable annuity life insurance products to Europe through a new shared service center in Luxemburg. The corporation had just strategically reoriented, and would soon have to prove its stability through 2008’s turbulent times in the financial markets. This has truly put the flexibility and “apt competitive cost” of Swiss Life’s enterprise architecture to the test.
We will look at how the compliance requirements and the innovative business model were enabled, building on the existing architectures. Which key lessons can be drawn from the established architecture, after subsequent corporate decisions with deep impact on the organisation, while simultaneously extending the architecture (as well as building a new one) to enable consecutive different-than-foreseen business models in Austria and Switzerland through 2009 and 2010

About the facilitator:

Erwin Glassée has served as the Pulse program architect through 2008, based in Zürich until mid 2010. Coming from his previous engagement as country enterprise architect for Swiss Life Belgium, he experienced life as an architect at Swiss Life Group both in Rome (physically conveniently located in Zürich) and in the provinces. Erwin has performed previous engagements as consulting IT architect, project manager, business analyst and software engineer (both custom and product software). Erwin is currently ICT Architect and ICT Security Officer at Delta Lloyd Life, starting september 2010.


Microsoft will be the host of this Architect Café.

Doors are open as from 17h30 and presentations will be held from 18h to 20h (with networking event after the presentations). If you would like to register, please click here.