Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (NYSE: RGA), a leading reinsurance group in the US, works with clients across the globe to develop customized reinsurance solutions. As one of the largest global life and health reinsurance companies, they provide expert solutions to their clients by delivering long-term value through effective risk and capital management. In order to serve various analytics use cases using a variety of data from multiple lines of business, the company needed to build a centralized data lake and wanted to leverage the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of a cloud environment. Working with Zaloni, they built a governed data provisioning pipeline that reduced risk while making their data operations more efficient.

Challenge 

RGA was challenged with data sprawled across multiple lines of business. Data owners were reluctant to share data outside of their department because of a lack of visibility, control and traceability.  They had a complex data environment with large volumes of data sprawled across multiple lines of business. Once data was centralized in a data lake on AWS, the company wanted to control data access and provide an approval process for provisioning data and analytic environments.

Solution 

Zaloni cataloged and unified the company’s siloed data sets with Arena on AWS using Amazon EMR. The platform quickly and cost-effectively enabled automated autoscaling and provided data lake hydration through the integration of insurance data sets. Zaloni’s platform provided self-service access to analysts through a data catalog, allowing them to quickly find data sets. Once a data set was found, the user would request approval from the data owner. The data owner can accept or decline data provisioning requests from business users and analysts. An accepted request would allow business users or analysts limited-time access to provision that specific data set or analytic environment using ZDP. Additionally, the governed data provisioning platform provided automated data quality, security, lineage and role-based access controls. 

Results

Zaloni improved data access across company-wide datasets while staying compliant with regulations, effectively managing and securing sensitive customer data. Through the use of compute autoscaling in AWS, the company actively saves on costs to manage their data lake across the entire enterprise. RGA’s data is now available to a wider audience, driving new analytics use cases and allowing the company to pursue its solution-based mission for its clients.

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