Increased tempo for development projects
Zurich has increased the tempo of its development projects thanks to a web-based project tool offering fantastic performance and great accessibility. Zurich manages international projects with exacting demands for security and availability – something a cloud-based solution can satisfy. Having chosen Projectplace, the company has also seen major savings as a result of the reduced need for travel.
Insurance company Zurich is the world’s second largest insurer in general corporate business. The company has 200 employees, 700 customers and six offices in the Nordic region alone. This strong bond with the local market improves understanding of the risks customers face and how these can be managed. The offices also collaborate on projects with other colleagues throughout Europe.
The development department at Zurich in Stockholm is responsible for developing solutions suitable for other markets served by this global concern. This makes great demands of communication and the potential for cooperation, which the group’s shared intranet cannot meet for a variety of reasons.
In many cases, development projects involve external consultants, who require access to the same functions and need to be able to work in shared documents and with the same terminology as the rest of the project team. When document versions are amended, all project members, both internal and external, must be able to access the latest version. The key is therefore active version management.
It is also not unusual to find several people working in the same document at the same time. This requires the tool to be able to manage any conflicts that may arise when different versions are saved. Occasionally, there is also a need to be able to return to earlier versions.
In addition to a common project platform, Zurich also needs a solution that allows for communication in real time. In connection with telephone and web conferences, the company has to be able to share documents online, with everyone having access to the same information, which enables each individual market to get involved and feel committed to business development.