OpenUnderwriter Discussion

Articles from the OpenUnderwriter team discussing the organisation and our software, from our influences and motivation behind the development, through to user experience and future development.

GWT Comes to Play

OpenUnderwriter is delighted to announce the arrival of Google Web Toolkit (GWT) into the project.

We chose GWT to provide a richer and more interactive web UI experience for end users of the OpenUnderwriter product suite. We looked at a few other technologies for the job including JQuery, Vaadin and Yahoo-UI, but in the end GWT won through for us on its cross-browser support, flexible internationalisation, responsiveness and rich features. Plus, being Java based makes it consistent with the rest of the OpenUnderwriter project.

Affordable Technology Platforms

How do you provide affordable technology platforms for mutual and other insurers in the developing world?

This article was written for Insurance Day – Issue 4,115 - Monday 2 June 2014.

The demand for low cost insurance is growing at a phenomenal rate. With enormous potential benefits to both state and consumer, low cost insurance provides a financial safety net to some of the lowest income families around the globe.

Are we being used?

How can you tell how much your open source software is being used?

One of the questions that haunts many open source projects is How much is the thing we're developing really being used? For commercial software, it's an easy question to answer, you can count the licenses. It's indirect of course - you don't know that someone who owns a license is actually using the system - but it is accurate enough for most especially as it generally relates to income!

OpenQuote becomes OpenUnderwriter

OpenQuote still exists, but it is now a component application within OpenUnderwriter.

There has been something of a hiatus in OpenQuote 2.0 development lately, but the break has allowed us extend the scope of OpenQuote which is something we're very excited about. In fact the scope has been extended to the point where the name "OpenQuote" is now simply too restrictive. So we've renamed the whole project.

Ghanaian Insurance Industry Database

The Ghanaian insurance sector is rapidly expanding...

Ghanaian Insurance Industry Database

...however there is limited ability to analyse the risks associated with the markets being covered and the potential losses that could be incurred. Also, products on offer are mainly tailored for the relatively well off, meaning coverage extends to less than 2% of the Ghanaian population.

EA3. Now available in a shop near you

A fortnight has passed since the last release, so it was high time to get another release out with the latest set of fixes and enhancements.

The EA3 release includes two big enhancements along with a collection of smaller fixes. The two big things are the addition of support for multiple PageFlow types and a much enhanced sandpit portlet.

Thank you Atlassian!

A big thank you goes to Atlassian this week for allowing the OpenQuote project to use their OnDemand service absolutely for free!

Atlassian's JIRA and Bamboo have been a mainstay of OpenQuote project development since we outgrew the support that SourceForge offered many years ago. They are both essential and excellent products.


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