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Pearl Assurance, part of the AMP Group, have been working on a multi-million
pound data migration contract with the data transformation specialist firm
Cedar. This major initiative for Pearl Assurance forms part of a wider
strategic transformation programme being developed for AMP in the UK.

Cedar’s Consultancy Division initially assisted Pearl Assurance in
formulating a detailed strategic Data Migration plan, resulting in a two
year Data Migration schedule.

The contract is to complete a phased migration of data from three legacy
systems onto the Pearl CLOAS system. This will result in improved customer
service as a more complete customer view is achieved through the use of just
one system and staff are only required to learn one main line of business

Benefits will be gained for policy holders through the consolidation of
‘live’ policies onto an operating system that is proven, reliable, flexible
and is a solid base for further strategic development.

The decommissioning of old operating systems will also allow significant
cost savings on IT infrastructure and will reduce the cost of future system
enhancements which will only need to be applied to one rather than four

James Dodding, Platform Rationalisation Program Manager, Pearl Assurance
said :

“The case for rationalising these systems was very strong and this is a key
enabler of the transformation of the AMP Customer Services organisation in
the UK.

We needed a supplier who knew about our industry and could cope with the
complexity of the issues and products involved. We therefore chose Cedar
for our data migrations as they have an excellent reputation in the
financial services industry, which is supported by good reference sites.
The project is nearing completion and we are very pleased with the progress
which has been made as a result of a collaborative team effort between Cedar
and Pearl Assurance”.

Roger Burrage, Head of Cedar Insurance Sector said:

“We are extremely pleased to be assisting a major data migration initiative
for one of the foremost Investment, Life and Pensions companies in the UK.
Our tools and methodologies have been proven in several other organisations
including Prudential, Abbey National (Scottish Mutual), Scottish Amicable,
Scottish Equitable and Lloyds TSB Insurance Services. Above all however, we
pride ourselves on our knowledge of the financial services industry and its
inherent complexities”.

For further details contact:

James Dodding
Senior Project Manager, Platform Rationalisation
Pearl Assurance
Tel : +44 1733 470470

Matt O'Donnell
Group Communications, Cedar
Cedar House,
78 Portsmouth Road,
Cobham KT11 1HY
Tel : +44 1932 584035

Notes for Editors:

About Cedar

Cedar is a software, services and management consulting organisation which
is headquartered in the UK and has a 1500-strong team operating from 45
offices over eleven countries. Projects range from the delivery of
individual business applications for local governments to global consulting
on change management for some of the largest companies in the world.
Cedar’s unique business model delivers value by combining its own technology
capabilities with those of our partners and with customers’ existing
solutions. Where appropriate, we will also manage operations. Cedar
manufactures and delivers its own enterprise applications, the company also
has relationships with a range of enterprise software component companies,
ensuring continued delivery of the best solutions available in the market.

Cedar’s vision is towards an integrated knowledge-based enterprise solution.
Cedar's Knowledge Management and Customer Relationship Management services
and applications have, at their core, Cedar's data warehousing model and
data transformation tools and methodologies. These have been implemented in
Insurance and Financial Services and local Government sectors.

Cedar's new generation enterprise systems provide modern knowledge
management and content solutions, offered through advice, implementation,
core business applications and business services.

[For more information please visit or contact Roger Burrage on
email or +44 (0)1494 476 000.]

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