Open architecture fits into any enterprise application landscape
The TIA Solution architecture is open by design and prepared to fit into any enterprise application landscape – small or large. For integration purposes the TIA architecture offers two main approaches, namely TIA Web Services which are primarily for online integration from e.g. enterprise or customer portals, and TIA ICom which is mainly designed to target import and export data initiated by the TIA Solution due to scheduled jobs or business events.
TIA Web Services
The TIA Web Service architecture is layered and spans the foundation and middleware tiers. The Tia Consumer Tier is not considered a part of the TIA WebServices architecture, but is included to illustrate potential consumers of TIA Web Services.
ICom (Information Communicator) handles integration with external partners and endpoint environments. The module is highly flexible and allows configuration of many different interface types - file based, XML based, EDI and others. The module provides core functionality for sending and receiving data as well as monitoring, logging, error handling, re-processing and data life-cycle management.
The TIA ICom architecture is layered and spans the foundation and middleware tiers. The TIA Consumer Tier is not considered a part of the TIA ICom architecture, but is included to illustrate that TIA ICom is designed to integrated to external partners using a wide variety of transport protocols and exchange formats.
The TIA Business Intelligence Interface (BII) makes it easy for TIA customers and their data warehouse resources to extract relevant data from TIA to update their data warehouse in a standardized way.
TIA BII includes a separate staging area and mechanisms for synchronizing this staging area with the contents of the TIA production database. TIA BII can be setup to maintain history (versions) of data when that is needed, or to maintain only the most recent records. Synchronization scheduling is flexible and allows for dependencies to the overall batch calendar, or for independent update cycles.
One of the BII solutions that can be used with TIA for reporting purposes is SAS® Intelligence for TIA. It links the analytical layer to your TIA Solution and draws the reports you need to estimate the operational, financial and market-related aspects of an activity. The reports are based on roles and adjusted to the needs for insight and knowledge you require as sales manager liability manager, industry holder, administrative manager, actuary, finance manager and divisional directors.
Mashup (like Google maps)
Flexibility of TIA's architecture allows for easy integration with other HTML-based toolsets, like social media, maps, etc. For instance, by integrating with Google maps, TIA offers a geographic information system (TIA GIS) providing companies in the insurance industry with an opportunity to more closely examine and manage risk and customer information, contributing to the accuracy of quotations and forecasting. By using geo-spatial data and map technology the TIA GIS Solution provides the following benefits:
- More accurate rating/pricing (micro tariffing)
- Improved control of risk (enhanced underwriting processes)
- More efficient policy administration (e.g. through unique identification of insured objects via geo coordinates)
- Easier claims handling (e.g. through facilitated catastrophe handling by selecting an impacted area on an interactive map)
TIA GIS is an add-on module that seamlessly integrates into the TIA Architecture (Oracle database) and uses direct procedure calls for communication.