United Heritage Life Insurance Company, the life insurance subsidiary of the United Heritage Financial Group, has been providing quality life insurance and annuity products since 1934. As customer needs have evolved, the software development team at United Heritage has upgraded their offerings, providing agents and customers with the tools they need to make important life decisions.
Mobile was a game changer for United Heritage Life, but in order to provide a highly tuned and responsive user experience, our development team had a challenge: we needed to quickly ‘mobilize’ our IBM i midrange (AS/400) environment with the existing group of developers and their skillsets as well as the infrastructure we had in place. Writing native applications with device SDKs wasn’t an option; we needed a solution that would make it easy to mobile-enable our business logic, tapping into enterprise back-end systems developed with CA Plex and RPG.
Why We Chose Sencha Touch
We watched a demonstration of Sencha Touch with CA Plex and CM WebClient at a conference and immediately saw a way to get our insurance products to market more quickly while reducing costs. We were already using an IBM i infrastructure to develop browser-based applications, but adding Sencha Touch to the mix, we knew we could create and publish mobile applications faster, without starting from scratch or compromising the user experience.
The hybrid HTML5/CSS3 Sencha Touch front-end is very flexible. We can easily support our BYOD policies because our enterprise insurance apps run equally well on Android and iOS, with native device level interactions, and the ability to publish on both app stores. We used the Sencha Touch support for Cordova to accomplish this, which made native packaging a seamless process. This integration was important, not only for app store support, but to gain access to the native device features. Sencha Touch device themes were also important because we needed our apps to look good on our target platforms.