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Working Solution: B&P Motor Insurance System – IBM Mainframe Decommissioning
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The Challenge

With a 300 year heritage, RSA is one of the world’s leading multinational quoted insurance groups. They have major operations in the UK, Scandinavia, Canada, Ireland, Asia and the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe and the capability to write business in around 140 countries.

The Bradford & Pennine insurance system was a feature-rich policy, claims and brokerage management application, running under CICS. Although it was retired in 2009, the entire application database had to be accessible for query, audit and compliance requirements.

The challenge was to enable RSA to support both audit and compliance without the cost of supporting the mainframe host.

The Solution The Result
  • Implement DataNovata: The Enterprise Application Data Bridge, and convert the data over to SQL Server with all the relationships intact.
  • Generate an XML, Java-based DataNovata application that mirrors the original application functionality.
The Result
  • The policy database project took less than 2½ months from start to delivery
  • The claims database took 6 weeks from start to delivery
  • RSA successfully decommissioned its IBMmainframe while retaining user access to the BPapplication
The Project The Review

Consult claims management and technical support to specify the application

functionality, design the application then port the data from its current host:

  • IBM host mainframe
  • Entire history of all policy transactions
  • Decommission the policy database
  • Decommission the claims database
The Review

“We recognised that we needed to implement an archiving solution as part of our application rationalisation programme. We chose DataNovata as it provided us with a secure and on-demand method of retrieving legacy data from decommissioned applications.”



Giles Baxter, UK & IS Change Director, RSA

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