WESTBORO, Mass.---Ascential Software Corporation, an enterprise data integration provider, today announced that CNP Assurances, the leading personal insurance company in France, has standardized on Ascential DataStage, a core component of Ascential Enterprise Integration Suite, to reduce infrastructure costs, optimize the company's IT system, and achieve a single view of customer portfolios in real time.

CNP uses the extract, transform, and load (ETL) capabilities of Ascential DataStage to populate a standardized model for all insurance data and certify and qualify outgoing administrative, financial, and customer data.  The data is subsequently fed into accounting databases so that internal CNP users and CNP partners are able to obtain customer information in a timely manner.  By consolidating customer information across the entire production cycle, CNP is able to make confident business decisions.

"When we looked at other solutions on the market, we realized Ascential DataStage is by far the most advanced solution available. Its capacity to process large volumes of data, its meta data management tools, and the design of its parallel processing tool, all met our needs and constituted the most appropriate solution for our environment," said Phat-Chua Lim, CNP IT director. "As a key element of our information system, Ascential DataStage serves as a data flow manager and powers our information system optimization program."

CNP will leverage the extensive scalability of Ascential DataStage, as the CNP database currently contains 1.5 terabytes of data, which is the equivalent of approximately 10 million contracts. The database will ultimately consist of three to four terabytes of data. "I regard data integration as one of the cornerstones of any information system. This process is positioned at a strategic level in our information
systems architecture and has made a major contribution to the optimization of our information system," said Lim.

"As new regulations surface in the industry, combined with customer demands for real-time account information, insurance companies need to have innovative data management infrastructures in order to gain competitive advantage," said Stephane Werba, managing director, Ascential Software Western Europe. "The Ascential Software solution is helping insurance companies worldwide, such as CNP, to meet data standardization and data quality objectives."

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