Medibank Private to implement enterprise data warehouse

Project to begin by 2009

Australia's largest health insurance provider, Medibank Private, will begin implementing a company-wide Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) by 2009.

The project is part of a larger legacy replacement program being undertaken by the insurer which operates over 100 retail centres nationally.

Andrew Clark, manager of Medibank Private's Business Intelligence Competency Centre, said the new EDW will include the Teradata MPP 5500 server providing up to five terabytes of user data.

Clark said the development and test system will use the Teradata SMP 550P server with up to one terabyte of user space.

As a completely integrated data warehouse with optimised system performance, he said the solution will form part of Medibank Private's Business Intelligence (BI) capability.

After extensive evaluation of EDW providers, Clark said this solution was selected to support its multi-faceted business through faster information delivery and reporting.

He said a major factor in the selection was Teradata's Health Care Logical Data Model (HC- LDM), which aims to reduce the time and cost for implementing the EDW.

"The implementation is part of a larger legacy replacement program which includes replacing reporting systems based on dB2 and MS SQL databases," Clark said.

"We expect a significant improvement with the implementation of the EDW, by providing a range of regular reports in a timely fashion as well as the ability for staff to perform ad hoc analysis with self-service access to information."

Noel Pettitt, vice president of Teradata A/NZ, said this project highlights a trend by Australian businesses to view the data warehouse as an essential business tool and part of their wider IT infrastructure.

Solely focused on raising intelligence through data warehousing and enterprise analytics, Teradata is operational in more than 60 countries.

- with Sandra Rossi

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