April 06, 2010

Unitrin Direct (a subsidiary of Unitrin, Chicago) has migrated its Decision Research Corporation (DRC, Honolulu) Oasis policy administration system from a mainframe platform to a Microsoft Windows platform. Using DRC's professional services, Unitrin Direct completed the mainframe migration within 8 months of launching the project. The carrier has now consolidated all versions of the DRC application to a Windows environment, according to a DRC news release.

"Using DRC's technical resources in addition to our internal staff, we were able to migrate an acquired book of business off a mainframe within 1 year of acquiring the system," relates John Elcock, vice president and CIO, Unitrin Direct. "DRC resources have considerable insurance knowledge in addition to their technical capabilities. Partnering with them on the migration enabled us to start this project sooner than originally anticipated. As a result of this migration, Unitrin will realize considerable cost savings this year and in the future."

"In today's insurance environment, migrating legacy systems to new, flexible technologies is essential to transforming the customer experience," comments Bill Hartnett, director of U.S. insurance industry solutions, Microsoft Corp (Redmond, Wash.). "Working with partners like DRC, Microsoft is proud to help insurers migrate information from legacy tools to modern systems for greater agility and access, and better return on their IT dollar."

Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek ...