Prudential UK, a provider of life and pensions services, has deployed the Progress Software's FUSE ESB (enterprise service bus) in its annuities business unit, to enhance its IT infrastructure. This initial stage uses the FUSE ESB product to integrate complex back-end systems enabling automated processing to support its annuities operation.

According to the Progress, Prudential UK used the FUSE ESB open source technology to implement a part of its back-end infrastructure. The initial phase includes a suite of reusable web services that calculate projected returns for different annuity products. The services connect to diverse back-end systems including databases, WebSphere MQ, and third party services.

Prudential has also begun adopting the Progress FUSE Message Broker product for high performance and reliable messaging.

Tim Milbourne, IT architect at Prudential UK, said: “We have an ongoing stream of work that requires suitable, sustainable technology in order for us to deliver that work. The Progress FUSE ESB product has an open, standards-based model that will support our needs now and in the future.”

Rob Davies, director of FUSE Engineering at Progress Software, said: “Prudential UK is an example of a large organization taking advantage of open source technologies to drive new and efficient computing standards without having to replace equipment, software and networks that have been built up over many years.”

FUSE is a family of open source SOA tools and it is a set of standards-based enterprise integration products based on Apache SOA projects.