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Zurich UK walks away with DataIQ Transformation with Data Award

Whiteley, June 28, 2018

At the 2018 DataIQ Awards last night (27 June 2018), Zurich UK walked away with the Transformation with Data Award.  

Like many large organisations, Zurich UK had a comZurich's Data Team win Data!Q Award 2018plex and fragmented data estate made up of over 20 separate legacy systems. To address these problems, Zurich embarked on a data transformation programme, led by Chief Data Officer, Anita Fernqvist (pictured in centre with the Award). A core team of ten was expanded to 30, working across data architecture, quality, devops and portfolio management, to revolutionise the way data is stored and used through the creation of a strategic data asset.
 
We partnered with Baringa, who provided technical and solutions leads, business analysts and data architects and also worked with Wipro for capability testing. 
 
Speaking after the event, Anita Fernqvist explained, "The data transformation extracted and conformed over 13 billion rows of data with 900 attributes across 50 tables, reconciling to our financial systems and allowing 12 legacy systems and hundreds of reports to be identified for decommissioning. This lays the foundations for truly delivering value and innovation from our data." 
 
It’s great that this work has been recognised by the industry, whose judges said, “Many organisations talk about data transformations, but delivering one in a way that moves the business forward is no easy task. The judges were impressed by the way Zurich Insurance had recognised the opportunity and pursued a roadmap for change with discipline and rigour, as well as results.”

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Pictured (l-r): David Reed (DataIQ) , Paul Wildman, Stuart Whaites, (both Baringa) Donna Wayman (Zurich), Anita Fernqvist (Zurich), Alex Sidgreaves (Zurich), Neil Surman (Baringa), Toni Sekinah (DataIQ)