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Original author(s)CSC
Initial release1997
Licensecorporate and individually negotiated

VP/MS (Visual Product Modeling System) is a family of software components developed by CSC that support product development and product lifecycle management.[1] Insurance companies (among other users in business and IT[2]) use VP/MS to manage the rules, clauses, formulas and calculations associated with savings and both life and non-life insurance products. With VP/MS all calculations and queries for purposes such as quotes and administration are supported by a central repository of product definitions.[1][3]

VP/MS supports processes like product definition and administration, product testing and documentation, design checks, visualization and cross-platform usage of products. In addition to hosting product definitions, VP/MS is a modeling language. It provides a graphical interface (GUI) for creating business rules as components and models.[2]

VP/MS is platform independent[4] – products can be ported to any administration or illustration system or deployed over the Internet[5] – and makes use of the Eclipse platform[6] for developing software.

Product server[edit]

VP/MS is a product server[7] – a software tool that hosts all knowledge on insurance and other products centrally and provides it to application systems in various deployment scenarios and across various platforms.

The outcome of a VP/MS-designed model is modular, portable calculation rules.[3][5] VP/MS rendered calculation rules are in turn incorporated with associated applications, such as VP/MS Designer or J-VP/MS, to create (respectively) GUIs or a calculations architecture compatible with existing software architecture.[5]

Systems used by insurance policy administrators, product brokers and web servers ultimately rely on libraries of VP/MS rendered architecture for the production of product illustrations and calculations.[1]

VP/MS users[edit]


VP/MS is industry-neutral[1] – it is a generic tool that is not designed to be used exclusively within a specific industry. VP/MS has been deployed within non-insurance applications as a general rules engine. However, since it was developed within an insurance context,[7] VP/MS is applied broadly and extensively in insurance.

Among users of VP/MS are life insurers and providers of pensions,[8] property and casualty insurers[9] and health insurers[10]

Other sectors where VP/MS’s underlying rules management capabilities are applied include banking, energy and utilities.


VP/MS Workbench is the main environment for modeling in VP/MS.[5] As such, it is used extensively in the back office during the design or maintenance of product rules. Actuaries, financial modelers, business analysts, product specialists and programmers are among those using VP/MS during this phase.[1]

A number of supplementary components support this phase of the product lifecycle. Examples are VP/MS Documentation Suite, VP/MS Test Suite and VP/MS Checker. Product managers use VP/MS Model Manager for an overview, product release and versioning, team collaboration and access control.[3][5] VP/MS Runtime is then responsible for sharing a single instance of a product across various platforms.


After the design phase, VP/MS hosted architecture is supplied to the organization via related applications. For example, IT specialists use VP/MS Designer and J-VP/MS to integrate model libraries with end-user applications. The product server is sold as part of other applications under different names.

Multi platform capabilities[edit]

J-VP/MS integrates VP/MS calculation rules into existing software architectures via standard interfaces and technologies such as Java EE, XML-based SOAP, WSDL and Struts.[5]

Summarized history of VP/MS[edit]

1995 – VP/MS was designed by a team of M+I Unternehmensberatung GmbH (an Austrian consulting company, founded by Gerhard Friedrich and partners) with Interunfall Versicherung AG, a subsidiary insurance company of Generali Austria as the first client. Software development was done by CAF GmbH (a German software development company). It is originally named Versicherungsprodukt-Modellierungssystem (which translates to "insurance product modeling system").

1996 - M+I and CAF start to sell VP/MS to insurance companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

1998 – Development of VP/MS Designer by CAF.

1999 - PMS Micado (the German subsidiary of the US based Policy Management Systems Corporation) takes over CAF and obtains a worldwide general license to develop and sell VP/MS from M+I and Generali.

2001 – CSC takes over ownership of Policy Management Systems Corporation and all subsidiaries. Introduction of J-VP/MS and integration of VP/MS into CSC offerings.

2003 – Development of Eclipse-based VP/MS Model Manager.

2005 – Development of Eclipse-based VP/MS Test Suite.

2006 – Development of Eclipse-based VP/MS Documentation Suite.

2008 – Development of Eclipse-based Workbench and VP/MS Checker.

2017 - CSC is now a part of DXC Technology

In 2009 there are over 140 companies in 24 countries using VP/MS, e.g. Axa, Generali and Uniqa. A market research source[11] listed the following VP/MS users in the USA in 2008: American National, New York Life, Ohio National and Symetra.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "VP/MS Product Flexibility" (PPT). 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  2. ^ a b "Making The Case For Centralized Processing" (PDF). James Daggett (Tech Decisions). 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c "Visual Product Modeling System Brochure" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  4. ^ "Model Carrier Component Recognition". Globe Investor. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Visual Product Modeling System (VP/MS)". 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  6. ^ "CSC LEF Report on Open Source software" (PDF). CSC. 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  7. ^ a b "Some Patterns for Insurance Systems" (PDF). Wolfgang Keller. 1997. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  8. ^ "Life Annuities and Pensions". CSC. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  9. ^ "Property and Casualty". CSC. 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  10. ^ "CSC signs four insurers to VPMS". finextra. 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  11. ^ "Novarica list of US companies using VPMS in 2008". 2008. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-07.

External links[edit]

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