Helping a Financial Services Leader Gain More Scalability with the Cloud

Discovery Limited is a South Africa-based financial services group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the largest stock exchange in Africa. The company offers a range of financial solutions to both individuals and businesses.

Discovery Limited is a global financial services organization that serves over 5M clients across the globe. The company specializes in life insurance, car and home insurance, wellness programs, investments, medical aid, and credit card products. It has more than 25 years of experience in providing versatile financial services. Discovery Limited operates through various brands and subsidiaries in South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Singapore, and Australia.

Partnership overview

Discovery Limited needed an experienced technology partner that would help them migrate from on-premises to AWS cloud. The client had its own data centers and ran Kubernetes services on-premises with the help of OpenShift. However, as the company has grown into a large corporation, they required more scalability as well as greater computing capacity. Thus, Discovery Limited decided to migrate to the cloud. And they were looking for experts with strong AWS expertise to help them make sound technology decisions. After rigorous examination, the client chose N-iX.

Our team at N-iX has been collaborating with the client and their third-party team on migrating on-premises Kubernetes services to AWS. We started out with moving from Bitbucket to GitHub. Together, we have built a secure and scalable CI/CD pipeline on AWS.

Discovery Limited heavily relies on Oracle as they use on-premises Oracle Databases to store, manage, and retrieve data. And our engineers have been working to enable data processing on AWS Cloud rather than on-premises.

Also, the N-iX team helps the client with a PoC for the migration from on-premises MongoDB to MongoDB Atlas with setting up MongoDB Atlas Data Lake. This solution is a fully managed data lake service that allows you to read data directly from the AWS S3 bucket along with MongoDB Cluster data. It provides our client with more flexibility and visibility, ensuring operations productivity and advanced automation.

Apart from cloud migration services, our specialists are also involved in the development of a new solution Discovery Miles. We are responsible for calculating additional benefits for certain products in the investment segment. Our task is to develop REST APIs and design a pipeline for running, processing, and returning data to the source databases.

Partnership period
June 2021 - present
Dedicated Development Team
Expertise delivered
Cloud Solutions, CI/CD, PoC
Python, NodeJS, Java, AWS (Redshift, S3, ECR, EKS), MongoDB, MongoDB Atlas, Bitbucket, GitHub, Oracle, RabbitMQ, OpenShift

Product overview

Discovery Limited offers a wide range of products and services to help their clients stay healthy, protect their financial future, and enhance their lives. It is a large corporation that consists of several companies and specializes in a number of segments, including banking, insurance, healthcare, wellness, and investments. All the products in these segments are interconnected and interdependent. For example, the company offers different solutions and programs to individuals on the basis of their credit history, investment activity, infringement cases, clinical records, etc. All the data comes directly from various Discovery’s products, which clients use on a daily basis.

The N-iX team cooperates with Discovery Limited in the investment segment. Our experts help the company enhance their existing products as well as develop new ones to improve the quality of people’s lives.


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These products include private pension provision and different investment plans for people of various ages. The company encourages people to invest in their retirement and other shorter-term or medium-term goals and gives the right tools to do it effectively.

Also, we have been working with the client’s team on a new product, Discovery Miles. It is an e-currency clients can earn simply for getting healthy, driving well, and spending responsibly. For example, clients can earn Discovery Miles when they achieve their personalized health goals – such as health checks and mental well-being assessments, which are specifically tailored to their unique health profiles. Later on, they can exchange Discovery Miles for cash or use them to shop or travel.

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