FirstAssist data migration success

FirstAssist
Insurance Services Limited (FISL) is an insurance intermediary with an
established client base generating annual premiums of £150 million. Founded in
April 2003, it employs 500 people across its offices in Sutton and Plymouth.
The company provides both white label and branded insurance products to an
extensive client base, including some of the UK’s largest financial service
organizations.

The Challenge
With a tight
two-month timescale, FISL was faced with a complex data migration, with the
information to be derived from multiple policy administration systems and
correspondingly multiple data sources. As one of their key IT Solution
partners, FISL turned to CGI for help in meeting this challenge.

How CGI Helped
CGI and FISL
evaluated the feasibility of various implementation and data conversion
options. Having considered all options from a risk, business impact and cost
perspective, the integrated project team proposed a pragmatic solution, which
carefully balanced risk and business impact and furthermore afforded sufficient
time to ensure that there was a high level of control and probability of
success at outset.

CGI then
engaged the assistance of one of their business partners, Datanomic, and
proposed the use of Datanomic’s dn:Director product, a Java-based system that
assists with accelerated data analysis, profiling, cleansing and transformation
within a comprehensive framework. dn:Director offers an integrated approach to
data manipulation, enabling all functionality to be accessible in a single
system, providing the user with an efficient environment to enhance, monitor
and maintain data quality.

The Results
The partnership
between FirstAssist and their customers, Datamonic and CGI resulted in a
successful migration delivered on schedule and to budget. Additional benefits
include:

  • Early identification of issues
  • Afforded time to assess and manage enhanced data
    quality

The bottom
line: FirstAssist’s successful data migration allows the company added
flexibility options to address their client’s business.

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