Willis Towers Watson Reduces Conversion Time from Over 1 Year to Less than 5 Months with Jade…

Jade Global deployed its patent pending InfatoODI automated conversion tool to migrate and upgrade Willis Towers Watson's existing environment, and improve the process quality by 90%

Engagement Scope

Upgrade OBI Applications from OBIA 7.9.6.4 to OBI Applications 11.1.1.9.2

Client - Willis Tower Watson

Industry - Financial Service

About the Client
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.

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.

Client Speak

Essential to the success of the project has been the speed and quality of the ETL conversion work, and Jade Global rapidly put governance processes in place to provide us with the visibility and confidence as the project progressed. Where we have hit inevitable issues, Jade Global have quickly applied additional resources to ensure we stick to schedule.
We look forward to working with the Jade Global team on other initiatives as this initial engagement has demonstrated their ability to deliver to schedule, budget and quality.

- Tony Walters
Director, Enterprise Reporting Willis Towers Watson

Business Challenges

  • 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.

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.