Cigna recognized for successful Infrastructure-as-a-Service transformation project built with Red Hat solutions
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. & RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cigna(NYSE: CI), a global health service company that offers health, life, accident, dental, and disability insurance, and related health services, and Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Cigna has been named the 2013 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. Cigna was recognized during a ceremony at Red Hat Summit for its innovative use of Red Hat technologies to revitalize the company's IT infrastructure and solidify the company's position as a leader in the health care industry. Cigna also won an Innovation Award in the "Outstanding Open Source Architecture" category.
Cigna deployed Red Hat technologies as part of a company-wide business transformation project to evolve its internal Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) strategy. By taking a services approach to IT, and by utilizing Red Hat's enterprise Linux, middleware, and virtualization solutions, Cigna successfully designed and created a self-service provisioning system that infuses new life and agility into its IT, development, and business operations.
Key components of Cigna's transformation initiative include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Red Hat Network Satellite. Using these technologies, Cigna created the Cigna Private Cloud, which renders data and applications as services that can be delivered to internal customers faster. With barriers between development and infrastructure groups removed, Cigna's teams are well-aligned and able to deliver business applications to customers faster, while carving out costs from the provisioning process to boost Cigna's bottom line.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Red Hat Innovation Awards program recognizes customers, partners, and communities for their outstanding use, innovation, and extension of Red Hat technology. Winners are named across seven categories, and from those recipients, the Red Hat Innovator of the Year is selected by the community via online voting.
Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat
"It is an honor to recognize Cigna as Red Hat's Innovator of the Year. Cigna is a fantastic example of a company that is using open source to solve IT challenges, and drive innovation and business results that help their customers. Congratulations to Cigna on a job well done."
Mark Boxer, executive vice president and global CIO, Cigna
"Winning the award for Outstanding Open Source Infrastructure from Red Hat speaks to the quality and impact of our business transformation initiative on the services we provide to our internal and external customers. Having that work recognized by our peers and being named the 2013 Red Hat Innovator of the Year is really a testament to the commitment we've made to innovation at Cigna. We're certainly proud of that commitment and thank Red Hat for empowering us to pursue excellence in innovation on a daily basis."
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Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 80 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.
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