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Leading a Data Center Consolidation and Merger Project at a Large Insurance Company

Financial Services | Network Infrastructure Staffing

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One of the largest insurance companies in the U.S. required a team of project managers and network engineers to lead a data center consolidation and migration project.

One of the nation’s largest personal insurers sells auto, homeowners, property, casualty and life insurance products in the U.S. and Canada. With over 50 years in the industry, it serves approximately 17 million households and maintains a network of more than 12,000 exclusive agencies. The client has turned to TEKsystems since 1996 because of our intimate knowledge of its business and culture as well as our ability to provide quality resources.
Windows, UNIX, VMware

The client wanted to consolidate its four data centers down to two to upgrade older systems, vacate expensive real estate and utilize a greener, more energy efficient technical environment. The client consolidated into a newly-built Rochelle, Ill. data center and into an expanded, existing location in northeast Ohio.

To successfully execute the project, the client required a qualified team that would be dedicated to the project throughout its life cycle. This team included project managers and network engineers to manage all aspects of the data center migration, including the transition of all applications from the previous server environment to the new environment.

To assist the client in meeting its project goals, TEKsystems provided a robust solution designed to support each stage of the initiative. We assumed full responsibility for on-site management of the team and assisted with the completion of all deliverables within established budget, timeline and quality expectations.

Additional services and support TEKsystems provided include:

  • Utilized local market expertise to locate hard-to-find IT talent, including an engagement manager, who provides oversight and resource management for the project
  • Built a team of eight network engineers responsible for all Windows and UNIX design activities related to the migration of the 1,000 applications from the legacy environment to the new environment
  • Developed a team of 11 highly skilled project managers to assist with every aspect of migrating the applications to the new environment
  • Created an onboarding program to get new employees up to speed quickly and efficiently
  • Built a knowledge transfer process to transition information and data from our consultants back to the client upon project completion

With TEKsystems’ support, the client is successfully implementing the data center consolidation project on schedule, within budget and according to client quality requirements. To date, the client has experienced the following results:

  • Reduced overhead and time spent searching for qualified candidates, relieved administrative burden on client managers
  • Efficiently onboarded consultants and shortened time-to-productivity as a result of our on-site management

The current success of the project has allowed TEKsystems to become the number one technology staffing provider to the client.

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