Willis Towers Watson reduces conversion time from over a year to under 5 months with Jade Global’s InfatoODI migration tool

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global multinational risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With presence in more than 120 countries, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees globally and is a member of the Hedge Fund Standards Board.

Business Requirement

In early 2016, London based Willis Group Holdings PLC and Arlington based Towers Watson merged as equals to form Willis Towers Watson. As a part of the 3-year merger roadmap, it was decided to move the merged company onto the existing Towers Watson’s Oracle EBS system and utilize the OBIEE reporting platform. This platform formed the technical base for future initiatives for business enablement and merger strategy. To be a part of the current OBIA platform and to utilize the latest technology stack, Willis Towers Watson wanted to upgrade their OBI Applications from 7.9.6.4 to 11.1.1.9.2.

Business Challenge

The 3-year roadmap included a technical OBIA platform upgrade. This upgrade entailed conversion of 650 Informatica mappings into the latest technical stack which involved ODI. Post assessment by in-house team and external vendors, the upgrade was estimated to take a minimum of 12 to 13 months derailing the scheduled merger.

The Jade Global Approach

Willis Towers Watson approached Jade Global to help them resolve their predicament and migrate to OBIA with ODI 11g using Jade Global’s First and Only Patent Pending Informatica to Oracle Data Integrator conversion tool.

InfatoODI Automated Conversion

The InfatoODI tool and processes enabled up to 80% automatic conversion of the existing customized mappings. This significantly reduced the duration of the conversion from the estimated 12-13 months to 4.5 months, thereby mitigating risk of disruption for Willis Towers Watson's merger plans.

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Jade Global Phased & Iterative Conversion Methodology

 

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IT Team Enablement on ODI

As part of Jade Global’s engagement, Willis Towers Watson’s technical team was cross-trained on ODI. The primary training program included demos on ODI and conversion process, sessions on ODI, and knowledge transfer on migration. Jade Global’s experts also supported the technical team post deployment until the in-house technical team was comfortable with the newly adopted IT environment.

Business Value Delivered

InfatoODI accelerated the migration process, reduced the implementation time and increased the speed of project execution by 63%. Jade’s Global Delivery Model (GDM) ensured on-time project delivery as part of a Fixed Price engagement. The automated conversion helped reduce manual interventions leading to substantial saving in testing efforts. With Jade Global’s InfatoODI tool, Willis Towers Watson’s strategic 3-year merger plan was back on-track and within budget. The new technical stack enhanced the OBIA functionality with newer modules and ODI investment as E-LT of choice for future integrations with third party systems and Big Data.

After the success of this project, Jade Global became Willis Towers Watson’s preferred partner to help achieve their long term BI strategic initiatives.