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Achmea Integration Competency Center Wins Award for Consolidating BPM Best Practices

Successful collaboration between Atos Origin, Cognos and Informatica creates impressive business results for Dutch Insurance com

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands, July 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Dutch insurance group Achmea has won the Informatica Integration Competency Center Innovation award for its business performance management project. This award recognizes organizations achieving exceptional results supporting key business needs including cost savings, time-to-market, and improved management oversight. Achmea simplified its data systems, increased its productivity and shortened time-to-market thanks to the effective teamwork among Atos Origin, Cognos and Informatica.

Achmea launched the business performance management program to improve its financial and operational decision making process, achieve the best possible return on investment and ensure long-term strategic continuity.

The new Integration Competency Center (ICC), implemented in conjunction with Achmea Group IT Services, is part of Achmea's business intelligence competence center (BICC). The ICC has played an important role at Achmea by integrating management information housed in various locations into a single central location to achieve uniformity within an efficient, results-driven organization. Due to its success, the ICC was incorporated into the BICC to shorten time-to-market, maximize productivity and simplify metadata structure.

"The ICC has allowed us to combine our knowledge, best practice, technology and human resources in one place," explains Gerrit Walraven, Achmea's manager business intelligence community practice. "We can now roll out business intelligence projects much more quickly. The rollout of the business performance management program took significantly less development time than the initial rollout in previous projects and divisions, giving us a big saving on all fronts."

"Achmea recognizes the importance of oversight and business performance, and the role of data integration and management reporting in BPM's success," said Brian Gentile, chief marketing officer, Informatica. "The unique thing about the business performance management project is the cooperation between all the parties involved, each taking its share of the responsibility for making the project a success. So we're very proud and satisfied that our partnership with Atos Origin is creating such impressive results, and this award is a well-deserved tribute for everyone involved."

Peter 't Jong, executive vice president sales & client management at Atos Origin in the Netherlands, concludes: "This project shows that an integration competency center can play an important post-merger role by integrating information from many different divisions, and also offer significant cost savings and other benefits. The close collaboration between Atos Origin, Cognos and Informatica definitely contributed to the effective implementation of the new knowledge center at Achmea and we're delighted that this project has been honored with an award."

Achmea is the result of mergers between Zilveren Kruis, Centraal Beheer, Avero, FBTO, Groeneland and Interpolis. More information can be found at http://www.achmea.nl/

About Informatica

Informatica Corporation is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software and services. With Informatica, organizations can gain greater business value by integrating all their information assets from across the enterprise. More than 2,790 companies worldwide rely on Informatica to reduce the cost and expedite the time to address data integration needs of any complexity and scale. For more information, visit http://www.informatica.com/.

Note: Informatica is a trademark of Informatica Corporation in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other company and product names may be trade names or trademarks of their respective owners.

Informatica Corporation

CONTACT: Deborah Wiltshire of Informatica Corporation,
+1-650-385-5360, [email protected]; or Donna Lyon of Text 100,
+1-415-593-8478, [email protected], for Informatica Corporation

Web site: http://www.informatica.com/

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