By: Ilan Buganim, FEVP Chief Technology and Data Officer, Bank Leumi I am happy to share with you Bank Leumi’s strategic technological endeavors which supported the launch of “Pepper” – Israel’s first stand-alone fully mobile banking platform. At Bank Leumi, Israel’s second largest financial institution, we set a goal to stay one step ahead of […]
Being #1 has its own kind of pressure. When you’re #2 in the market you have a clear goal: topple the #1. What’s the mindset of a market leader? Watch your back? Protect what you have? Ignore everything?
Harel lnsurance lnvestments & Financial Services is the leader of Israel’s insurance market. It has four big rivals competing for its business and must be conscious of outside disruptors turning the market on its head. An understandable strategy might be for Harel to sit tight and protect what it has.
Instead, Harel wants to transform its entire approach. It doesn’t just want to be big, it wants to be fast. It wants to succeed by being the first to launch new services, by exploring new forms of customer engagement, by being innovative.
Harel, formed through a series of mergers and acquisitions, wants to create an efficient, flexible IT infrastructure to support its entire operation. Where possible it wants to automate every human process, shifting IT’s focus from maintenance to new service development.
Harel wants to remove barriers to storage, performance and network, allowing developers to be faster to market with new services. IT will become the ‘silent leader’ of change throughout the business, proactively steering future strategy.
By deploying VMware NSX® Data Center and VMware vRealize® Network Insight™ Harel is now better able to segment its network virtualization. The former delivers networking and security entirely in software, abstracted from the underlying physical infrastructure; the latter accelerates micro-segmentation deployment, minimizes business risk during application migration and enables Harel to confidently manage and scale its NSX Data Center deployment.
As a result, Harel has become more secure, more efficient and more agile. There is greater automation, and a clearer audit trail of what piece of infrastructure is responsible for what service. Ultimately Harel is faster to market with new insurance services, and dynamic in the way it engages customers.