AIMS 10/20/09: Protective Life

Last week, Protective Life visited the MIS program at the weekly AIMS meeting. Protective Life is over 100 years old and has grown through acquisitions. Many of the latest projects have been focused on assimilating these acquisitions into one process.  There are 20 US offices and one Canadian office.

The presenters, Jeremy, Allen, and Matthew, spoke about their areas and what each supports. Matthew works in Analytics. This area is primarily responsible for system maintenance. This includes everything from gathering requirements to quality assurance. This is where Protective brings together the customer demands and the process demands.  Allen spoke about the Infrastructure area. This area includes the database administrators, servers, communication (e-mail, etc.), and the networks. This group also supports all of the applications used on an employee’s desktop.  They also manage risk and security for Protective.

There is also a relatively new area in Protective’s IT group that holds many opportunities. This is Business Process Improvement. Members of BPI investigate a process and find ways to make it better with fewer or, potentially, more resources.

Protective will be aggressively recruiting to fill many full time positions, primarily in the Analytics area. There are also opportunities for internships available. If you are interested, please visit their website at http://www.protectivelife.com/ProtectiveP3.asp?ID=2.

The next AIMS meeting will be October 27. Alfa will be presenting.

The University of Alabama MIS program allows students to work on real projects that provide real value to real companies. Students learn to leverage people, processes and technology to solve problems and meet the challenges of today’s businesses head-on. For more information, call 205-348-5525 or visit http://cba.ua.edu/mis

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