ANIMA SgR is Italy’s largest independent asset manager, with assets of more than US$52 billion. Today, ANIMA has a range of products and services, including providing legal documentation, mutual and pension funds, individual financial management, and institutional management. The organization offers various types of investment funds and supplementary pension schemes for companies and individuals, as well as asset management and institutional asset markets.
The current company structure of ANIMA was officially established in December 2011 through a merger of ANIMA and Prima Sgr, spurring a need to merge two disparate IT systems. ANIMA chose Oracle as its database to centralize critical business activities, including fund information and fund management. In addition, as a savings management company that must comply with Italian regulations, ANIMA supervises fund activities and publishes valuations daily. Meeting these requirements involves performing complex calculations based on a large number of daily capital transactions, so the company decided to implement a solution that would ensure 24/7 system availability. It chose Oracle because of Oracle’s scalability and ability to support a large and ever-increasing data flow and fund volume. The new infrastructure enabled the company to realize an annual 50% cost savings and 30% time reduction in performing business-critical processes.
“ANIMA chose Oracle because of its flexibility and scalability—which the company required for its new infrastructure following its merger with Prima—as well as for the business continuity that only Oracle could provide for ANIMA’s technical, functional, and business requirements” said Cristiano Ziletti, application development manager, ANIMA SgR.
ANIMA conducted an initial analysis of its IT architecture in December 2011, and went into production in May 2012. The implementation was in two main phases. The first phase—which took four months—analyzed system scalability, performance, and high availability. During this phase, the company also reorganized access control of users and structured and prepared fast recovery activities. In the second phase, ANIMA focused on business continuity by implementing a remote system to ensure production environment replication, centralized system management, and monitoring through the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager.
D&T srl’s involvement in ANIMA’s Oracle implementation was valuable to the company. It began with the objective evaluation of the IT architecture and business needs analysis, and continued through to the actual implementation.
“D&T continues to support us, post production, to help us improve and refine our tools,” Ziletti said.