PICA Group, the leading provider of professional liability insurance for podiatric physicians in the U.S., is a corporation made up of multiple insurance companies that provide a multitude of insurance services to podiatrists and chiropractors. An initiative was launched at PICA to enhance their web presence and to start providing dynamic online services to its agents and policyholders. Trinisys was hired in August of 2004 by PICA Group, to realize this vision by developing an enterprise portal solution. Since low cost was one of the most important requirements, only open source portals were considered. Some of the top contenders included Liferay, Gridsphere, eXo Platform and Jetspeed.
For a number of reasons the eXo Platform was chosen. It was determined that the eXo Platform would be able to facilitate PICA's design requirements without modifications to the portal source code. The eXo Platform has an active user community making it relatively easy to find discussions on and solutions to problems. The developers were easy to work with and allowed us to contribute some modifications to the core eXo Platform source code. The eXo Platform portal proved to have several advantages over its competitors, especially where layout and configuration was concerned. The eXo Platform proved to be a very flexible, cost-effective foundation upon which to build the PICA Portal. It allowed the seamless integration of content and business functionality, as well as providing the flexibility required to implement the desired look-and-feel.
The PICA Group now has a solid platform upon which they can continue to grow their web presence as future business needs require.
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