FAST Composer

FAST Composer takes agility, flexibility, and configurability to the next level. Composer provides a centralized configuration interface for managing application structures/models, business rules, calculations, business events, business processes, automated testing and more.

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Application Structure
Calculations and Rules Warehouse
Orchestration Warehouse
Business Process Management
Product Management
Testing Tools

FAST Composer's configurability will change the way you see technology:

  • Rapid development, integration, and testing
  • Creates a highly efficient maintenance environment
  • Easy to use configuration interface helps to quickly learn, scale organization, and empowers you to be free from being tied to any specific vendor
  • Promotes a strong SOA governance model
  • Even more powerful when using an Agile methodology by allowing the business partners to participate in the development
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Allows for substantial structural changes that would typically take months to code in ordinary insurance systems, to be done quickly without programming.

Key Features:

  • Link standalone components together to form an application
  • Manage overall application structures without having to write code
    • Data definition
    • Object model
    • Web Services
    • APIs
    • Application options and characteristics
    • Connections between components
    • Organize components and data
  • Mix and match pre-existing components and/or new components to create different applications
    • Examples of applications are: Policy Admin, Distribution Management, Case Management, Agent Portal
    • Examples of components are: Policy, Party, Billing, Suspense, Cash, Transactions, etc.

Provides a simple and efficient way to build, organize, and manage business rules and complex calculations.

Key Features:

  • Limitless flexibility in calculations and rules
  • Provides a simple facility for reusability and governance of rules and calculations
  • All calculations and rules are exposed as web services for access by other applications
  • Allows for the choice of calculation engine(s) and/or rules engine(s) – including FAST components or external web services
  • Quite often companies have a series of "one-off" Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are used for manual calculations and then manual entry; allows for the re-use of those worksheets for calculations and logic
  • Calculations and rules can easily be linked to business processes or directly to products

Provides a simple and efficient way to organize and manage orchestrations that aggregate web services into a reusable process.

Key Features:

  • Drives the steps for processes such as financial transactions (real-time or batch), claims, underwriting, billing, etc.
  • Promotes strong SOA governance
  • Can be triggered from one or more business process events
  • Choices of BPM tool (MS-Biztalk, IBM- Process Server), external orchestration web services, or pre-built C#/Java orchestration web services
  • Immediate access to documentation

Provides a simple and efficient way to manage the configuration to initiate business processes by connecting trigger events to actions (via orchestrations that logically link a series of services together).

Key Features:

  • Drives the steps for processes such as financial transactions (real-time or batch), claims, underwriting, billing, etc.
  • Supports a series of business events
    • User interaction (e.g. clicking a button, tabbing off a field)
    • Scheduled events (e.g. recurring payments, monthly processing, billing, etc.)
    • Transaction events (e.g. premiums, disbursements, transfers, etc.)
    • Data events (e.g. changing state of data from one value to another, add/update/delete of records, etc.)
  • Used for real-time data validations from user interface
  • Ability to create new events
  • Ability to use business rules to drive logic in determining appropriate orchestration for given business event
  • Able to manage parameters in/out of events

Game changing way of managing products. It provides the ultimate in configurability to improve speed to market, business transparency, and allows the product management team to unleash their creativity.

Key Features:

  • Create new products, clone existing, or inherit from others
  • Breaks down the barriers and old way of thinking about "what is a product type"
    • Create new types of products "on the fly"
    • Mix and match attributes from different product types to create hybrid products
    • Establish new brands and generations of products
  • Add new or connect existing attributes and options to products
  • Unlimited variations(based on any available data) for availability, pricing, and processing
  • Connect business processes, change processing logic, vary calculations, and manage transactions all with a point-and-click
  • Limitless made simple

Provides a facility to develop, manage, and organize integration to/from external applications, service providers, or an integration hub.

Key Features:

  • Configure and manage various types of integrations (both internal and external)
  • Ability for components to access an alternate data source into a common object model, web service, or user interface (SQL, stored procedures, XML, or flat files)
  • Configure adapters that can sit between an orchestration and web services to translate from one data definition to another
  • Pre-configured integration for industry standards and external service providers
  • Configure conversion maps to migrate data from a legacy model into a new model
  • Configure integration logic, data maps, data creation, and data translation that can be re-used across multiple orchestrations

Moves the testing process to the beginning rather than the tail end of a project to improve overall delivery efficiency and reduce risk.

Key Features:

  • Define key parameters and testing rules, and thousands of test scenarios with appropriate test coverage can be generated with the click of a button
  • J-Unit and/or MS-Test cases are automatically generated for each API/Web Service for every test scenario
  • Business process tests are automatically created based on data
  • Unit tests and business process tests can be run nightly with automatic comparison or results from the last valid run
  • Alerts and reports from automated testing make debugging and remediation easier
  • Can be integrated with 3rd party test tools
  • Promotes Agile and Test Driven methodologies

SOA Architecture

All FAST Applications and Components are built from the ground up following an SOA architecture:

  • FAST offers over 50 components that were built to be completely standalone and replaceable
  • Components have no dependencies on each other and only have access to data that is local to its functions
  • Out-of-the-box integration adapters, event configuration, and decision support is available
  • Orchestrations (BPM) reference and correlate multiple services to perform business processes
  • Can aggregate multiple databases to a single canonical definition
  • Consistent implementation of MVC paradigm to ensure best practices
  • Service definitions automatically generated at the application level providing access to entity level data
  • Support for 3rd party technologies
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