Success Story Heathcare

International SOS Ramps Digital Efforts to Support Global Travelers with AWS

International SOS is in the business of saving and protecting lives, providing vital health and security advice and assistance to organizations with international travelers and operations.

International SOS supports its clients’ employees wherever they may be with risk assessments and alerts, local 24×7 advice and support, and expert medical assistance and referrals. The organization’s business traveler clientele demands responsive and easily accessible digital services, and Apexon has been a longtime partner of International SOS, helping to deliver on these expectations.


    The world’s leading medical & travel security company


    10K employees, including +5K medical professionals & +3K security specialists


    12,000 global clients including 89% of Fortune Global 100 & 64% of Fortune Global 500 companies

new applications and infrastructure to digitization

Apexon’s services for International SOS ranged from developing new mobile applications for travelers around the world and migrating existing workloads to the cloud, to digitizing paper-based emergency response systems and deploying a global emergency response communications infrastructure. The engagement includes application design, development, quality engineering, deployment, launch and ongoing support and maintenance services as part of an ongoing relationship.

the Customer







  • Enterprise dev augmentation
  • Event management solution for FIFA app
  • Assistance app 3.1 development, TT6 web app creation

  • Enterprise Health Management Solution
  • Managed QA Service
  • EHP Support
  • Rebranding of Portals and documents

  • EHP IOS Screen Updates
  • Sitecore POC

  • BA, Digital Solutions
  • Member Bank Itinerary site

  • LiveChat with Mobile App
  • Travel Tracker

  • Chaos Engineering – Infrastructure HA & DR Testing
  • Solution Architect & Cloud Migration

the Results

Key Outcomes

Faster cycle time

Faster cycle time

For new digital services and infrastructure

Higher Service Levels

Higher Service Levels

As a result of more effective quality engineering processes

Increased Flexibility and Ease of Use

Operational Efficiency

Due to increased efficiencies in development and testing, and reduced resource requirements

Our methodology

Apexon works with companies across the digital lifecycle.

Go Digital
Go Digital

Accelerating the delivery of new digital initiatives with confidence

Be digital
Be digital

Creating the infrastructure and foundation to scale digital initiatives

Evolve Digital
Evolve Digital

Leveraging data and analytics to continuously improve digital delivery processes

Launch & Experiment aws cloud adoption

Automate & Accelerate AWS cloud strategy

Be Intelligent & Autonomous

Launch & Experiment

Enable digital adoption in a quick, and agile mannertransform the patient experience

Apexon has helped International SOS assess obstacles, identify best practices and implement new processes for more agile and flexible delivery.

Automate & Accelerate

Build digital infrastructure and foundation for enterprises to scaledigitization on patient Experience

Apexon has deployed new processes and methodologies like Continuous Integration to improve the company’s overall software delivery processes – leading to faster cycle time, higher service quality and lower operating costs.

Be Intelligent & Autonomous

Leverage data engineering to make strategic decisions and get digital right every time

Apexon re-architected the client server interaction & front end to enhance performance and enable client side configurability with custom localization support.

The challenge


International SOS faced multiple challenges in pursuit of its digital initiatives. Some were common across multiple projects; others were unique to specific projects and offerings. The four of biggest challenges they faced are:

digital adoption

The company’s business model was based on serving multi-national companies whose executives traveled all over the world. As such, all services had to be available and functional globally and integrated with traveler analytics and demographics systems. This required that any new service be available on all primary mobile platforms at the same time, on any operating system and supported device, in any geography. Limited in-house testing capabilities made it very difficult to address the large-scale QE effort required to get quality apps and services to market, globally, in a timely manner.

digitize response systems

International SOS was using a paper-based system to manage responses to pandemic situations. To digitize these processes, it needed to conduct a complete requirements assessment, define and configure multi-level action plans, create processes for making changes to those plans, and improve its ability to monitor the current status of the crisis and provide client employees with self-service access to critical information.

travel and monitoring app development

The International SOS Travel Tracker was an app used to monitor traveler location for safety. It was dependent on a single communication gateway for all forms of communications like email, SMS, text to voice, etc. This created a single point of failure and a threat to client safety.

streamline operations with qe and continuous integration

There were also several core operational challenges. For example, too many unplanned technology deployments were being pushed into production, making it difficult to keep projects on schedule and assure service quality. There was no Continuous Integration process in place and its development infrastructure was insufficient.

The Solution

The Complete Digital Engineering Solution

As part of this engagement, Apexon deployed five key solutions for International SOS:

enabled structured approach to QE


Apexon established a structured approach to QE that involved:

  • A comprehensive testing strategy to cover overall approach, tools, targets and the timing of test activities for any application
  • Core testing services – functional, regression and usability
  • Advanced testing services – performance, scalability, security and vulnerability
  • A 3-phase approach for test automation alongside development sprints
  • UI functional automated testing

This effort identified critical gaps in existing QA processes and dramatically increased the rate of defect discovery. An automation framework for shared services automated a significant portion of the test footprint, accelerating cycle time and improving service quality.

developed electronic health portal

digital expertise

Apexon leveraged its digital expertise to replace existing paper-based systems with a new electronic health portal. The solution included:

  • An iterative development model to incorporate evolving requirements
  • Detailed blueprinting and design, enabling quick prototypes for approval
  • Continuous collaboration with geographically distributed teams and experts
  • Use of robust CI frameworks

The development process was able to incorporate continuous feedback without slowing time-to-market while also making effective use of time and effort already invested.

deployed Continuous Integration using a Jenkins Framework


To address the core operational challenges in International SOS’ software delivery process, Apexon deployed Continuous Integration using a Jenkins Framework. The solution included:

  • A joint architected CI flow and objectives with emphasis on code coverage to improve unit and regression testing
  • Automated test suites used a Selenium framework
  • Jenkins reports enabled better decision making and planning

This approach improved delivery quality and process efficiency, accelerating time-to-market for new services and preventing rework.

developed an independent communication engine

independent communication engine

Apexon conceived and developed an independent communication engine for all International SOS applications – both internal and external. This included:

  • A flexible and modern single-page architecture with popular frameworks like Backbone, Require and Marionette
  • Re-architecting the client server interaction & front end to enhance performance and enable client-side configurability and custom localization support
  • Responsive UI/UX for web, mobile & tablet (single code base)
  • Agile Dev & QE practices with CI enable iterative roll out and adaptation

This solution reduced costs significantly by eliminating 3rd party map solution and requirements for custom development. It also improved Map UI performance by up to 40%.

migrate its global digital travel risk management product

global digital travel risk management

Apexon partnered with International SOS to migrate its global digital travel risk management product offering from legacy data centers to a modern hybrid AWS cloud platform. This included:

  • An AWS Cloud Migration Assessment of International SOS’ product portfolio to determine migration scope and effort
  • A complete AWS migration strategy (re-host, re-platform, retain, re-factor, retire and re-purchase) in alignment with program goals and objectives
  • An upgrade of legacy OS and database servers in preparation for migration
  • Review of their AWS cloud architecture and collaboration with International SOS infrastructure and networking teams to finalize LLD and HLD cloud architecture/blueprints
  • Validation of International SOS’ high availability objectives, and development and execution of automated test scripts

Serving as the central point for coordinating the delivery effort across multiple client and external vendors, proactively identifying risks, resolving technical issues, and ensuring key business objectives are met.


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