Primerica Boosts Productivity and Readies a New Generation of IT Mainframe
Staff with CA Chorus
ISLANDIA, N.Y. -- July 10, 2013
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that Primerica, Inc., a leading
distributor of financial products to middle income households in North
America, is using CA Chorus™ to improve the performance of its database
systems and enable newer IT workers to use database tools effectively.
“What we are engaged in now is further optimizing our performance and service
delivery—and ensuring that new IT talent will continue to run these IT assets
as effectively as present and past generations of IT staff have,” said David
Wade, CIO, Primerica. “Testing and implementing facile toolsets such as CA
Chorus assists us in this process."
With a network of thousands of independent insurance representatives
throughout the United States and Canada selling an array of financial
products, including term life insurance and investment and saving products,
Primerica requires 24X7 processing with continuous availability and support
for its zEnterprise technology. In every application, the company either
accesses or delivers data to the mainframe.
In 2012 the company was looking to improve DB2 for z/OS availability and
performance, because it would mean less DB2 downtime and faster transaction
time. It also needed to find a way for newer IT workers to easily use and
understand DB2 tools. Most newer workers are unfamiliar with the mainframe’s
traditional “green screen” and accustomed to more user friendly, Graphical
User Interfaces (GUIs).
As part of its retooling effort, Primerica decided to implement CA Chorus™
Database Management for DB2, with its user friendly, role-based workspace. "We
needed to address the challenge of introducing a new generation of IT workers
to the mainframe environment and CA Chorus delivered the GUI-oriented
navigation and functionality for system monitoring and troubleshooting that we
were looking for," said Wade.
“Companies such as Primerica want their IT workers to manage DB2 databases and
other systems from a single integrated workspace," said Michael Madden, CA
Technologies general manager, Mainframe. "With CA Chorus, instead of focusing
on multiple applications, DB2 analysts are able to use a single, intuitive
dashboard and turn their full attention to delivering superior service to
their internal and external customers."
“After our proof of concept, we were convinced that the entire set of CA
Chorus disciplines might enable us to extend the life of our current mainframe
past the traditional three-year upgrade cycle. From both cost and performance
standpoints, this is significant," said Wade.
About Primerica, Inc.
Primerica, Inc., headquartered in Duluth, GA, is a leading distributor of
financialproducts to middle income households in North America. Primerica
representatives educate their main street clients about how to better prepare
for a more secure financial future by assessing their needs and providing
appropriate solutions through term life insurance, which the company
underwrites, and mutual funds, annuities and other financial products, which
it distributes primarily on behalf of third parties. In addition, Primerica
provides an entrepreneurial full or part-time business opportunity for
individuals seeking to earn income by distributing the company’s financial
products. Primerica insured more than 4.3 million lives and maintained
approximately 1.9 million investment accounts on behalf of its clients at
December 31, 2012. Primerica stock is included in the S&P MidCap 400 and the
Russell 2000 stock indices and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol “PRI”.
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services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions
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