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Interfirst

Forte Group Develops an Innovative Loan Origination and Point of Sale System for Interfirst Mortgage Company

Interfirst
Interfirst

SaaS Application for Flexible Loan Origination

Client:
Mortgage Lender Company

Website:
https://www.interfirst.com/

Industry:
Financial Services

Technology and Platforms:
MS Azure Cloud Computing Services,  Azure Active Directory, JSON Web Tokens (JWT), Azure OpenAI GPT, Application Performance Monitoring and Alerting (APM), Azure Cognitive Services

Background

IMC wanted to use online processes to automate its loan origination process for borrowers. They wanted fully customizable business flows (i.e., from pre-qualification to loan closure) without the need to involve developers.  IMC also the client wanted to create an online dashboard that provides a single channel of communication with borrowers.
The dashboard would provide updates on each step in the loan origination process. Instead of emailing or calling borrowers, loan officers create tasks that are listed in the dashboard for borrowers to act on. In addition,  IMC wanted to create an online chat feature for borrowers to add and update information upon request.

 

Business Challenges

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“By having product managers working alongside the client, we effectively shared ownership of the product management practices. Forte Group has developed a multi-tenant mortgage SaaS/PaaS platform with end-to-end brokers, realtors, and lenders’ experience support. The all-in-one loan management platform we built has edge lending software features, enabling us to license the technology to other institutions under the CyberDyne brand.”

Max ShulhaMax Shulha 
Senior Product Owner at Forte Group

Solution

The Forte team developed a next-generation, all-in-one loan management platform, which began as a .NET monolith with a React frontend. The Forte team took ownership of Agile development, testing, and release management for three core applications (Loan Application Portal, Communications Chrome Extension, Admin Portal) comprising over 20 business components and modules. 


Additionally, the system seamlessly integrates with over 10 third-party services, such as HubSpot, Telnyx, Stripe, HelloSign, Slack, SendBird, and Synthesia. As the client’s business continued to grow, the solution expanded to cover additional areas such as Accounting, Assets, Brokers, Claims, Pricing, Fees, Internal Communications and Customer Communications.

Key solution features are the following


  • Pricing  Engine / Loan Application Portal
  • Automated Loan Application Review
  • Software Licensing via Multi-tenant Architecture
  • New Communications Channels to Borrowers
  • Fully-managed SDLC frees the IMC team to focus on strategic objectives

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Results Achieved

50% savings in infrastructure costs

Cost savings from migrating third-party solutions to in-house solutions: Blend Mortgage Suite, Dropbox Sign, HubSpot, xDoc

“Quality Guaranteed” approach to releases – multi-layer quality control with intensive test automation and continuous product quality monitoring

Cloud-ready solution using cloud-based technologies like Azure Function Apps and Azure App Service Plans

Migration from a monolithic SOA architecture to a microservices architecture to improve development speed, reliability, stability and scalability

Securing application and infrastructure using industry best practices and standards (e.g., 2FA, JWT, Azure Active Directory)

Secured end-user applications using JSON Web Tokens (JWT), implemented dynamic claim-based authentication and policy-based authorization

Commonly-used approach for securing corporate solutions implementation in an organization’s application (Admin Panel CRM) – Single Sign-On (SSO) using Azure Active Directory

A variety of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) methods for end-user applications (Apply Form POS, Realtors Portal) implemented, such as authentication via SMS, Email, Magic Link

 

Results and added value

50% Savings in infrastructure costs
 
10% Custom business-related service integrations
 
24/7 Engineering production support
 
20% Increase in processing speed per single claim

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