Cambia Health Solutions Brings IT Infrastructure Costs Under Control Through Legacy Application Rationalization

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         :  Cambia Health Solutions

Industry       :  Healthcare

Practice Area  :  Information Lifecycle Governance & Security


Cambia Health Solutions, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit total health solutions company dedicated to transforming healthcare by creating a person-focused and economically sustainable system. Cambia’s growing family of solutions includes software and mobile applications, healthcare marketplaces, non-traditional health care delivery models, health insurance, life insurance, pharmacy benefits management, wellness and overall consumer engagement. Through bold thinking and innovative technology, Cambia is delivering solutions that make quality healthcare more available, affordable, and personally relevant for everyone.

Business Challenge:

Cambia’s legacy systems were no longer supporting their current business processes. Redundant legacy systems continued to use up valuable resources and were making data access difficult for reporting and compliance purposes. The accumulation of data in legacy systems had become inefficient and expensive to maintain.

Cambia needed to retire several legacy applications as a part of their Application Portfolio Management program.  This required moving large volumes of historical data that would consume costly storage capacity and could have degraded application performance. However, they needed to retain and manage legacy data for reporting and compliance. Their challenge, therefore, was to create a Data Retention Strategy that completely eliminated the need for the existing costly and outdated infrastructure while:

  • Preserving legacy data for regulatory compliance or corporate governance reasons, and
  • Ensuring that they could access this data after the legacy infrastructure was decommissioned.

The Estuate Solution:

Estuate recommended that Cambia use the IBM InfoSphere Optim Application Retirement Solution to retire their old legacy mainframe applications and provide access to the archived data without requiring database licenses.   Estuate leveraged this product to build a solution that:

  • Converted data from proprietary flat files into a relational database format, alongwith the requisite views to enable access to the same.
  • Optimized database code to ensure rapid access to data.
  • Archived data from old and unused application environments, and then decommissioned those legacy applications.
  • Provided on-demand access to archived application data  according to Cambia’s business and compliance policies using intuitive and modern user interfaces.

Business Impact:

Estuate helped Cambia intelligently archive data to reduce costs, improve performance and minimize risks. Key benefits include:

  • Reduced hardware, storage, and maintenance costs by allowing to archive historical data from decommissioned applications and systems, freeing valuable resources.
  • Improved the Cambia Health Solutions application performance by controlling ongoing database growth.
  • Shortened disaster recovery process with custom and on-demand report retrieval methods.
  • Minimized risks by retaining historical data in a read-only, legal archive to meet compliance obligations.

        Estuate helped transform our application landscape by helping us retire legacy applications while ensuring that the data was accessible and that critical functionality could be retained.  They helped us setup best practices related to data management and have positioned us well for future growth.  Their onsite/offshore model is extremely helpful and the team was always professional, on-time and available 24/7.  They were the ideal partners in this mission critical initiative.

Keith Anderson,
Project Manager,
Cambia Health Solutions.