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Guardian teams with Ensono to take advantage of new technologies to remain agile and adaptive while realizing significant savings

The Client

Guardian is a U.S. leader in the mutual life insurance industry. Never having outsourced during the course of their 150+ year-long history, Guardian employs an approximated 8,000 and supports more than 3,000 financial agents in over 70 offices nationwide. Their rich culture promotes the idea of taking care of their people internally and externally. This outlook aligns directly with Ensono’s culture and client-centric philosophy.

The Challenge

Guardian sought to overcome the challenges associated with an aging mainframe workforce and equipment; the latter of which included an outdated data center and issues fulfilling storage needs. After performing an economic evaluation to find a managed services provider who could help them digitally transform - and match their cultural values - Ensono was determined to be the perfect fit.

Guardian Vice President of Enterprise Software Quality Assurance and Application Support Peter Atwater shared “...As we spent time with the Ensono team, it became clear that many of the values that we embody at Guardian are the same values that Ensono has.  There’s a mindset of customer first, execution, continuous improvement, transparency.”

The Solution

To fulfill Guardian’s needs, Ensono ran infrastructure management remotely until it could establish a fully-managed solution for the critical latency-sensitive applications and deploy new equipment and tools.

“We were able to shut down a 50-year-old data center that when we first started talking about that task seemed daunting. “ Atwater explained.  “And so, the moves we’re making today position us to be agile and adaptive and understand that as new technologies emerge - which they absolutely will - that we’ll be positioned to take advantage of them.”

The Results

From Ensono’s work, the Guardian was able to fully transition over their operations in only four months while still maintaining a stable, robust mainframe environment and support team, and achieving significant savings in headcount and software.  Atwater stated “We have a very short list of strategic partners; Ensono is one of the newest on the list and arguably one that could provide the most value to us over the coming years. So it’s a very important relationship; one that we value at Guardian very highly and one that I look forward to seeing continue in to the future.”

About the Author

Ensono collaborates with clients to deliver progressive IT solutions to help them operate their infrastructure for today and optimize it for tomorrow. We specialize in supporting mission-critical workloads for the world's most successful companies. Ensono works across all platforms – mainframe to cloud, and everything in between.