Success Story

Insurance group IAG consolidates data, delivers services faster

Overview

As Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) rapidly expanded throughout Asia Pacific, its IT infrastructure became cluttered with diverse technology—making maintenance expensive and change difficult. With help from Red Hat® Consulting, IAG used Red Hat enterprise open source software to consolidate its IT infrastructure into a single private cloud environment. As a result, IAG significantly improved its agility and time to market for innovative services while reducing IT expenses.

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB To provision a report in our old environment would take up to a year from end to end. Now our turnaround is a couple of weeks.

Kieran Clulow

Director, Data Engineering, IAG

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  • INDUSTRY
    Financial services—Insurance
  • REGION
    APAC
  • HEADQUARTERS
    Sydney, Australia
  • SIZE
    15,000

Challenge

Unite an inefficient data environment

As IAG grew its business through frequent acquisitions, it inherited many technology systems and data sources—including more than 20 data warehouses. This complexity made it challenging to get a complete, up-to-date view of a customer. “IT became a bottleneck,” said David Abrahams, executive general manager data, IAG. “Even a simple change had to be made in many different systems, affecting our ability to actually change and adapt.” IAG needed to simplify its technology environment by consolidating into a standardized data platform.

Solution

Build an enterprise, open source private cloud

IAG evaluated several alternatives before choosing an OpenStack®—based private cloud solution from Red Hat. IAG also used other Red Hat solutions, including virtualization, automation, and management software. During deployment, IAG worked closely with Red Hat Consulting to ensure the new environment met security and performance requirements. “The support we got from Red Hat was outstanding and really helped us initiate and deliver the project quickly … We had our OpenStack environment up and running in 2 to 3 weeks,” said Kieran Clulow, director, data engineering, IAG.

Software & Services

Business Outcome

Transform data IT to support innovation

IAG’s simplified environment helps the company find and use data faster and more accurately. Now IAG can get a comprehensive, accurate view of each customer to provide more relevant, timely services. And by migrating to enterprise open source solutions, IAG anticipates savings in maintenance and provisioning costs. IAG also gained efficiency through self-service and automated capabilities, accelerating development and time to market. “To provision a report in our old environment would take up to a year from end to end,” said Clulow. “Now our turnaround is a couple of weeks.”

Icon-Red_Hat-Media_and_documents-Quotemark_Open-B-Red-RGB When you take a risk and try something different, especially for an organization as big as ours that operates in a regulated environment, you need stability and support and reliability. Knowing that we've got a partner [in Red Hat] that can support us and help make sure that we have a reliable platform has given us that confidence to stretch and innovate a bit further.

David Abrahams

Executive General Manager, Data, IAG

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