Most Frequently Asked Questions
The licensed Data Conversion Architect (DCA) product may be accessed and used by company designated employees. UCT offers an excellent training program to prepare the appropriate employees to maximize their access to this powerful and efficient tool and the documentation, and greatly assist every user. It should be noted that many clients elect to train their non-technical subject matter experts (SMEs) to use our software as opposed to their technical staff. And, while the DCA is easy to learn it is sufficiently robust to handle the most complex issues with respect to data bases and application systems.
Absolutely! DCA has been utilized in the county government sector as well as the legal marketplace where customers may need to complete 100 data conversions in a 12-month window. The issue is the scope and not the industry. A data migration project involves converting from the source application(s) to the target application. DCA was built to be flexible and easily adapted to new opportunities; our software is generic with respect to application systems and verticals.
There are two parts to the answer to this question. First, in a complex conversion situation, a customer will always want to deploy their own resources to architect the conversion system and write the specs for data extraction, transformation, balancing/validating, exception processing, reporting, and data clean-up.
With the UCT approach, the same SME uses DCA to express these business rules and conversion code is automatically generated. It compiles the first time without error. Changes to the rules automatically result in new programs. With our proven methodology, we’ve already achieved a major cost reduction in the same areas where offshore savings would have been most available.
Second, if offshore resources are still necessary, they could be trained to use DCA and could process through the same training program that domestic resources utilize. Permitting those offshore individuals to utilize DCA will offer the presumed lower labor cost, AND the proven lower costs associated with the use of DCA will also be recognized.
Upon request, UCT will augment your project staffing requirements and provide experienced professionals, including both business analysts and programmers (our consultants average 25 years of experience).
UCT consultants work in a virtual office environment. This business model helps to reduce overall project costs by eliminating some travel expenses and results in working in a more productive environment without the conflicts for prioritizing time, such as competing project assignments or company functions that contend for the consultant’s time. Depending on individual client requirements, UCT consultants typically spend no more than 10% of their time on site, while our project managers spend between 25% and 50% of their time on site, when needed.
Yes, UCT can and does host DCA for clients who elect this option. If you are asking this question, one might assume that your data resides on a different platform, and that is OK because the actual code generated from DCA may be deposited on any processing platform.
This is a very good question and critical to your conversion project. UCT’s only business is the data file conversion business. We do not offer administration, claims, or rating applications, and as a result we are not a competitor with your selected application vendor.. Since we are not a competitive threat, problems about access to confidential material seldom arise, and consequently potential issues with executing non-disclosure agreements with these companies are avoided. This will save you money and stress!
UCT’s data conversion methodology does not just include moving data and then rechecking to insure it is properly re-located and remains accurate. While in most cases, we also convert some data directly to the target data base, UCT’s methodology may also include populating transactions for the target system in order to populate that data base whenever possible. Benefits include:
- Error reduction – Results are produced dynamically as opposed to simply moving data.
- Expanded and more thorough testing – Target system transactions are tested as part of the conversion process to ensure that the appropriate results are produced.
Our methodology is a DIFFERENTIATOR in that UCT does provide accuracy levels of 99.9% versus the much lower expectations of other methods.
This is definitely an option. UCT can provide training and second-level support if this approach is preferred.
Our business solutions have been designed to allow for calling pre-existing tables and modules that accomplish the desired tasks. Most source and target systems are rich with reusable components that are required for a data conversion project. In addition, UCT has a considerable library of reusable extensions from previous projects. All projects realize this high level of reuse, especially in companies where multiple administration systems are being consolidated into a chosen target, and situations where a company does frequent conversions such as a TPA or BPO provider.