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Desjardins General Insurance selects BluePhoenix for IT systems upgrade

10 July 2006  |  1713 views  |  0 Source: BluePhoenix

BluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX), the leader in Enterprise IT Modernization, today announced that it is in the midst of a multi-million dollar platform and database migration project for Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG), a leading direct property and casualty insurer in Canada.

The project will provide DGIG with an improved technological infrastructure that will increase the speed and quality of its insurance consulting capabilities, thus increasing profitability.

"The purpose of this project is to provide DGIG with an infrastructure that will allow us to better streamline the insurance services provided by our team of over 1,000 insurance agents and subsidiaries," said Pierre Deschenes, senior executive vice president Information Technology at DGIG. "We have chosen BluePhoenix because their automated tools and proven methodology can provide an almost seamless transition to the new platforms and technology. This will also allow us to concentrate on the business needs of our clients and significantly reduce our IT operating costs."

The project involves migrating DGIG's current COBOL/IDMS applications to a Windows/COBOL (Fujitsu NetCOBOL) and Unix/Oracle platform environment. This will enable DGIG to operate a more standard IT environment, suited to its current insurance applications. BluePhoenix Solutions will deliver the migration using the BluePhoenix IT Discovery and BluePhoenix PlatformMigrator tools.

To efficiently address the complexity of project tasks, BluePhoenix is using several tools for the various stages of the implementation. The BluePhoenix IT Discovery product is used to perform an enterprise-level assessment of the interaction between COBOL software components, and IDMS schemas and databases. The BluePhoenix PlatformMigrator solution performs the program, database, and environment migration.

"This project is another example of the rapidly growing recognition that profits can be improved through efficient information systems, and that there is an established business need to improve the IT systems through a sophisticated, efficient, state-of-the-art modernization process. It is common knowledge today that IT modernization solutions can move IT systems forward in terms of usability, productivity, and cost-effectiveness," said Arik Kilman, CEO of BluePhoenix Solutions. "With older systems incapable of supporting the newer applications on the market, IT modernization remains the most effective solution for large and complex companies such as DGIG."

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