ICT Group and SixBlocks solution collaborate to combat complexity in administrative processes

Business rules-approach allows complex processes to be automated in a matter of weeks
IT-systems for executing administrative processes are often extremely complex, resulting in a huge amount of administrative red tape. Even if an organisation manages to implement an administrative system, the process of adjusting is usually a complicated and tiresome task. An additional challenge is the fact that legislation and regulations are changing continuously and that more organisations need to change their business models. SixBlocks solution reduces the time required to automate these processes by means of a business rules-approach that makes administrative red tape a thing of the past. The company works together with ICT Group to launch the associated platform on the market.

Model-driven software development for administrative process
Joost de Wit, founder of SixBlocks solution: “We have an international growth ambition and were looking for a partner that could assist us in marketing our platform. ICT Group leads the market in the domain of model-driven software development. Our business rules approach is also model-driven. That’s why SixBlocks realised the power of our solution immediately.”

ICT Group’s Business development manager Eric Rekers adds: “Our activities are divided into three domains – Smarter Cities, Smarter Industries and Smarter Healthcare – and we work for a large number of government bodies and large companies. This puts us in a strong position to understand the complexity of administrative environments because a large number of the solutions we develop have to communicate with those environments. Until now our focus was often aimed at areas other than administrative processes. However, SixBlocks solution is the ideal way to help our customers in simplifying the administrative automation.”

Model the rules of the game and the conditions instead of automating the process
What makes the SixBlocks platform stand out is the business rules approach. Business rules are the rules of the game and the conditions that govern a process. They are formulated in the language of the business, which ensures that everyone can comprehend them. The SixBlocks platform is a metamodel for modelling the business rules. The model runs on top of the existing software. If anything changes in a business rule or a set of business rules, for instance due to changes in legislation or because you want to introduce a new type of administration for social security implementation, all you need to do is to sit down with a couple of domain experts to sort out the relevant business rules, and then use SixBlocks to model them. Irrespective of the complexity of the underlying administrative process, this approach allows you to model a working solution in a matter of weeks instead of several months or even years, as is the case in the current situation. What’s more, SixBlocks simplifies and accelerates the process of adjusting the solution, thus ensuring that your organization remains agile and flexible.

Combination of 75 man-years of experience in automating administrative processes
The three founders of SixBlocks solution are driven entrepreneurs and each of them has more than 25 years of experience in automating complex administrative processes in the areas of pensions, insurance, accountancy and Human Resources. Each of the three specialists has been working with a business rules approach for years and has discovered that business rules always fit in a combination of the following six domains: processes, interfaces, validations, business transactions, calculation rules and tables. These six domains constitute the building blocks of the SixBlocks platform. Automating an administrative process using the SixBlocks platform is simply a matter of defining the business rules and allocating them to the six domains. The platform can then model the solution using a fully automated process. This result is a substantial reduction of the time-to-market of new software as well as the costs involved, while at the same time the flexibility is increased. This flexibility creates an unlimited array of opportunities for new products, services and innovations in government organisations and companies, and allows them to anticipate new and strategic business models in a proactive manner.

More information?
We are happy to tell you more about our collaboration. If you wish to learn more, please contact:

Eric Rekers
E: eric.rekers@ict.nl
T: +31 (0) 6 40 85 6000

Joost de Wit
E: joost.de.wit@sixblockssolution.com
T: +31 (0)6 51 57 23 19

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ICT Group acquires high tech solutions and passes the milestone of 1,000 professionals

ICT Group N.V. (ICT) announces that it has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of High Tech Solutions B.V. (HTS), a Dutch based high technology automation services provider. The company was founded in 2006 and currently employs around 25 professionals on a HBO / academic level. HTS brings a customer set that is highly complementary to ICT. The acquisition supports ICT’s growth ambitions. High Tech Solutions is a well-respected industrial automation project and services provider. The company is located in Apeldoorn and delivers consultancy services in different markets like Telecom, Healthcare, Defence Security and High Tech Manufacturing. HTS realises profitable revenues of around EUR 2.5 million per annum. With this acquisition ICT passes the mark of 1,000 employees. Commenting on the closing, Jos Blejie, CEO of the ICT Group, stated: “We are pleased with the acquisition of High Tech Solutions. Although a niche player, HTS is bringing new, well respected, clients and specialised industry knowledge to the ICT Group. We warmly welcome our new colleagues and are proud to pass the milestone of 1,000 professionals. For many years HTS and ICT have worked together and both companies acknowledge that there is a clear cultural fit between the two companies. HTS will work closely together with ICT’s Machine & Systems business unit. The founders of HTS will remain involved until the end of 2018. The purchase consideration will be paid in cash. Further financial details will not be disclosed.

High Tech business unit continues collaboration with Verum

The High Tech business unit of ICT Group continues to focus on Model Driven Engineering. To broaden our knowledge, ICT Group actively seeks partnerships with specialized organizations like Verum. Verum’s product ‘Dezyne’ enables software engineers to create, explore and formally verify component based designs for embedded and technical software systems. In the past 6 months, ICT Group trained several colleagues in using Dezyne and its predecessor ASD. They are now working on projects using Model Driven Engineering and Verum’s tooling in practice. ICT colleague Chong Liu has even participated in the Verum Dezyne Challenge, working on a Wafer Measurement System. You can find more information regarding this challenge here. The High Tech business unit is looking forward to continue the collaboration with Verum and developing the Model Driven Engineering competence. Are you interested in what Model Driven Engineering can do for your organization? Contact Ronald Wiericx.