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Enterprise SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices by Dirk Slama, Karl Banke, Dirk Krafzig

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Chapter 15. Winterthur Case Study

In this chapter, we will describe the Service-Oriented Architecture implemented by the Winterthur Group, a leading Swiss insurance company with its head office in Winterthur. As an international company, the Group provides a broad range of property and liability insurance products in addition to insurance solutions in life and pensions that are tailored to the individual needs of private and corporate clients. The Winterthur Group has approximately 20,000 employees worldwide, achieved a premium volume of 33.5 billion Swiss francs in 2003, and reported assets under management of 138.7 billion Swiss francs as of December 31, 2003.

In 1998, Winterthur's Market Unit Switzerland developed a concept for an Application ...

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