Product catalogue design and implementation
Speeding up the process of introducing new products to the customer, centralizing product information in one place, simplifying product configuration and unifying a large product portfolio.
Sberbank CZ is a fully developed, self-financed and profitable bank with a strong focus on retail, small, medium and large corporate clients. It operates 25 branches in the Czech Republic and has over 120,000 satisfied clients. It has been operating on the Czech market since 1993 (since 1997 as an independent joint stock company and since February 2013 under the Sberbank brand).
It is part of the Sberbank Europe banking group, which is 100% owned by Sberbank Russia, Russia's largest bank. Sberbank Group is one of the largest and fastest growing banking groups in the world, serving more than 102 million customers in over 20 countries worldwide.
As part of the design, we worked as consultants with Sberbank's in-house architect. We solved both the catalogue model and the design of its integration into the bank's IT infrastructure. We have adapted our experience from the implementation of several other catalogues to Sberbank CZ.
Specific problems we have solved
High fragmentation of Sberbank's product portfolio.
Sberbank's transition to the new B/E. Ensuring backward compatibility with the old B/E..
Operational design with a small team within the bank's capabilities.
Involvement of the project in the ongoing development of a multi-channel platform.
I always try to get to know the working environment in a short while. Then, after a few meetings, when I get to know the people I work FOR and WITH, it is not difficult for me to deliver what they expect.
Product catalogue implementation in a nutshell
The project implementation included the following steps:
Implementation of the product catalogue in Microsoft SQL Server.
Portfolio analysis of deposit products.
Product catalogue initial data load.
Design and implementation of business rules that control the integrity of data fed into the catalogue.
Introduction of new products to the catalogue.
Design of related components, changes in catalogue architecture and possibilities for further development.
I worked with epptec, represented by Ondra Mach, for a total of 2 years on a small agile team on a project involving the design and implementation of a product catalogue at Sberbank. It was a very complex breakthrough solution affecting the whole bank.
Ondra was always very professional. I respect him as an experienced person with impeccable technical and professional knowledge. His dealings were always very empathetic so that he could understand and develop business solutions in the right direction. This unique combination of skills allows him to bridge the technical world with the business world, and then deliver tailored solutions. Moreover, they do so with precision, ease and adherence to deadlines. Ondra is one of the best consultants I have come across in my professional career. I can wholeheartedly recommend Ondra to anyone considering working with him. In addition to seamless delivery of the services you require, you can also learn a lot from him.
The design and implementation phases took approximately 16 months. During this time, the product catalogue was made operational, populated with data and integrated into the bank's infrastructure..