Lloyd’s insurance market syndicate Spectrum has implemented Citrix XenApp to improve its application delivery and cut costs.

The syndicate has virtualised its policy administration application, Sequel Eclipse Underwriting, as well as its other Microsoft Windows-based software. IT services supplier Intercept integrated the new software.

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The virtualisation has reduced the cost of testing, installing and supporting Spectrum’s applications, and increased security, the syndicate said.

By simplifying application management, Spectrum said, it was easier to control the delivery of software - an important move as Spectrum has a small IT team. Using a central console, Spectrum can monitor application use and help prevent conflict between different programs.

The centralisation of maintenance and upgrades has also eased application management, Spectrum said. Its members can also access the applications via the web, enabling better remote working.

Spectrum is Microsoft Windows-based, and uses VMware disaster recovery software, as well as Eclipse broking and accounting systems.

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