Proposal for IT-Technical Students
CSC is a global powerhouse in business and technology transformation. Our people lead businesses, governments, and communities on their digital transformation journeys and help them solve their toughest challenges, by providing innovative next-generation IT services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise.
We are always on the lookout for new ways to reinvent ourselves, hence input from students with the newest academic knowledge is something we highly value in CSC.
CSC’s Reinsurance Research and Development Organization, located in Oslo, is responsible for the continued development of CSC’s world leading Reinsurance Administration product suite SICS. SICS is used by some of the largest Reinsurance organizations in the world and has over 30 years with proven success in the market. Key to this success has been the ability for the product team to ensure that the product has evolved with the constantly changing IT requirements of large enterprises. Originally developed as a Mainframe/COBOL application, SICS has been through several technology evolutions, from its origins as a procedural/COBOL application, to a fully Object Oriented application in the late 1990s, to moving to the Java platform in 2004 to secure the technology base for the future development of the product.
CSC is always looking to keep the SICS suite at the forefront of technology developments. Below, we have listed two areas in which we are looking for candidates to undertake projects in. However, these can be adjusted to fit the requirements from your study program, and we encourage you to bring forward own ideas and suggestions related to these areas as well.
Optimizations for Wide Area Network deployment – Being a traditional two-tier application, SICS uses remote desktop applications like Citrix and Microsoft VDI to deploy the application in a wide area network. The task is to investigate solutions to remove this dependency whilst having minimal requirement to re-write large portions of the application.
Automatic Document Handling – Work process optimizations are a hot topic with all enterprises. The SICS product has extensive electronic interfaces that reduce the amount of manual intervention required. However, many communications are still handled through non-structured data which is challenging to process automatically. The task will be to investigate solutions to process non-structured “electronic paper” that can then be transformed into structured processes to be handled by the application. Heuristic handing of incomplete data will be key to providing a higher automation rate and you will be tasked to investigate and suggest possible solutions to this problem.
We are highly interested in the success of your project and expect to apply your findings to further our strategic decisions in our organization. Your findings could have a significant impact on the course of CSC’s Reassurance business development and very likely also a notable impact among our clients. As a result, at the end of the thesis collaboration we want to have a few page executive summary report of your thesis and a presentation of the key finding to our Reassurance management team.
We are looking for a student or a group of students within the last year of their master’s degree that have a keen interest and understanding for software development. We expect you to be passionate about software and IT strategies.
You should be a self-driven and autonomous person that can plan and execute independently. You should also be good at communicating with people, have strong analytical skills and be capable of asking the right questions.
CSC will provide you with full support during the entire project collaboration including access to relevant data and guidance on company specific questions. You will have a direct contact person in the company and will be exposed to the management team. It will also be possible for you to come work on your thesis at our CSC office in Oslo at Filipstad brygge 1 during your thesis writing process.
This project collaboration will take place during Fall 2016-Spring 2017. You are already welcome to apply with your project proposals.
If you have to start your thesis prior to this application deadline or should you have any questions about the project and application process - please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to receiving your application and to start this exciting collaboration!