Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository to improve consistency, completeness, and availability of IT information; but their IT environment was large and complex which hindered agility. Without a central repository, it was difficult to gather information for assessments and compliance audits quickly.
Overview Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) provides a number of insurance-related products and services. Originally founded to support farmers in Ohio, today Nationwide is the seventh-largest auto insurer and the seventh-largest homeowner insurance provider in the United States. The company has approximately 36,000 employees.
Business need: Nationwide wanted to create an enterprise architecture repository that would improve the consistency, completeness and availability of IT information used in impact analyses.
Solution: The company worked with IBM Advanced Business Partner Armstrong Process Group, Inc. (APG) to create an enterprise architecture repository using IBM Rational System Architect software.
Benefits: Nationwide has reduced the amount of time required for impact assessment from three months to less than one month. Cost estimating, which in the past required an entire month, now takes just one day.
Nationwide implemented a solution using Rational System Architect?to provide a scalable foundation for the company?s expanding enterprise architecture initiative. The solution simplified information access and enhanced performance. Now Nationwide has the necessary information?right at their fingertips,?provinding for?quick answers to stakeholders such as developers, executives, and auditors. The improvements also resulted in a 20 to 30 percent reduction in project cost. For Nationwide, Rational software is not only a solid return on their investment, but productivity insurance as well! ?
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We are pleased to feature Contributing Author Monica Luke: Monica Luke lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area. With more than 20 years experience in software engineering, she joined IBM Rational software 10 years ago in the test organization. During her 17 years as a test automation engineer and architect, she has repeatedly tackled the tough problems of building test automation solutions through frameworks that last and build triggered test solutions for complete lights-out testing. Testing and test automation remain a passion, and that has led Monica to move into the product management organization, where she has the opportunity to tackle these tough problems in the testing tools. Using an outside-in scenario design approach, Monica is happily influencing the next wave of Rational testing tools.
Paul has more than 25 years experience in developing systems, software, and hardware in the embedded and real-time systems industry. He is an OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional Model User, and a senior systems market manager for IBM Rational software and has worked with Rational software in various roles since 1995. Paul is a prolific author on developerWorks and has earned the Contributing Author badge.
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Two years ago we announced that Software Product Compatibility Reports were launched and available to all clients. Today we are proud to say we've updated the look and feel of the reports to better match our support portal experience.
Along with the updated look and feel, we have a slightly updated URL as well:
If you've not previously used the compatibility reports, today is as good a day as any to create reports about a product's compatibility with operating systems, prerequisite software or virtualization environments. Easily generate custom reports about compatible IBM software combinations and use these to tailor-make graphical reports about a set of products' end of service dates.
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This Webcast will provide information about how to take advantage of performance improvements in the ClearCase and ClearQuest 8.0 release. It will include recent performance analysis of storage solutions and a discussion on virtualization strategies.
Topics of discussion will include:
ClearCase and ClearQuest 8.0 deliver performance improvements due to improved web architecture.
ClearCase UCM has improvements across many operations.
ClearQuest web performance and scalability have both increased up to 30%.
ClearCase deployments with VOB DBs hosted over iSCSI can increase performance 2-4 times faster.
Using virtualization can provide flexibility and consolidation of hardware resources, however, bad deployments can result is very poor performance.
Learn about how Rational has been testing different virtualized configurations to maximize ClearCase performance and avoid pitfalls of virtualization.