3/18/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) Portugal and Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) announced that Rural Seguros, a Portuguese general insurer, will use Sun technology. CSC's COGEN, the general insurance solution managing the Rural Seguros business, will now run on a Sun platform to optimize performance.
Rural Seguros is part of the Crédito Agrícola Group, a cooperative of 158 local banks serving the farming community of Portugal, delivering general insurance products tailored to agricultural clients. The contract was awarded to Sun by fellow Crédito Agrícola Group member, Rural Informática, which is responsible for Rural Seguros' information technology (IT) systems.
Rural Seguros uses the Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing (Sun MTP) software for transaction processing, Micro Focus COBOL and an Oracle database on the Solaris Operating System, the number one enterprise-class UNIX software platform. The system architecture is a cluster based on dynamic domains, built around UltraSPARC(r) III processor-based midrange systems, including a Sun storage area network (SAN)architecture with a centralized backup system. The Sun Management Center framework, a powerful corporate infrastructure management tool, enables the management of the entire platform through an efficient centralized control.
Prior to this migration, CSC led a proof-of-concept at Lisbon's Sun's iForce Ready Center allowing the customer to test before they invested in the new Sun platform. The proof-of-concept took approximately five weeks, including software installation, creation of production system structures, database migration and application compilation.
"I was delighted in how the project progressed given its importance to Rural Seguros and to the Crédito Agrícola Group, both in terms of cost reduction and strategy," said Fernando Nunes, director of information systems at Rural Seguros. "With the new platform, we now have the central system of our non-life insurance business under internal control. I would also like to mention the professionalism, positive attitude and the availability of the various companies involved, without exception."
"This success is due to the excellent results obtained in the proof of concept, and to the very good team work between Sun, CSC and Rural Informática," said Don Whitehead, director of mainframe migration at Sun. "We are confident the solution implemented for Rural Seguros provides reduced operating costs versus the previous legacy infrastructure, total scalability, availability and flexibility to meet business needs today and to scale for future growth."
João Caçorino, CSC's business development executive in Portugal and Crédito Agrícola Group account manager, added, "This project is a perfect example of how an effective relationship, to which each supplier brings specific know-how or expertise, can result in high-quality work where everyone comes out a winner. Also, it has clearly shown the extent of COGEN's open architecture and easy access to new environments and tools."
José Magalhães, the director of the production department at Rural Informática, said, "This project demonstrates that it is possible to implement highly sophisticated and innovative solutions on a short deadline."
Founded in 1959, Computer Sciences Corporation is a leading global information technology (IT) services company. CSC's mission is to provide customers in industry and government with solutions crafted to meet their specific challenges and enable them to profit from the advanced use of technology.
With approximately 90,000 employees, CSC provides innovative solutions for customers around the world by applying leading technologies and CSC's own advanced capabilities. These include systems design and integration; IT and business process outsourcing; applications software development; Web and application hosting; and management consulting. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., CSC reported revenue of $13.8 billion for the 12 months ended Jan. 2, 2004. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.csc.com.
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