Technical Environment

Technical Environment

 

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Configuration Options

FIMMAS runs in a client / server environment, with a LINUX, UNIX, or Windows operating system. FIMMAS uses industry-standard network protocols and PC workstations. It supports Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server, other ODBC-compliant RDBMS, and native UNIX databases. The same FIMMAS application code can support a few users or hundreds of users.

 

Interfaces

FIMMAS has extensive user exits to facilitate data exchange with external systems. FIMMAS supports multiple file extract / transfer methods to exchange data in mutually-agreed-upon data exchange formats, such as ASCII, delimited files, or XML. FIMMAS can also read directly from other files, or connect directly to other databases, if needed. External systems may access data from FIMMAS via ODBC or via delimited files. If you are using Sybase, Oracle, or another RDBMS with FIMMAS, external systems have direct access to the data via the RDBMS. Any data in the appropriate format can be exchanged between FIMMAS and an external system.

All of our clients integrate FIMMAS with various corporate, departmental, or standalone systems, such as:

  • MSA, ISA, SOTAS, and other General Ledger packages
  • Mainframe administration systems, such as CFO, LifeComm, or Life/70
  • Specialized systems for proposals, valuation, reinsurance, or Alpha Index
  • External Premium Collection (lockbox or EFT)
  • Third-party policy accounting systems
  • PC-based applications, such as actuarial rate table spreadsheets
  • Document management, imaging, and workflow systems
  • Health claims adjudication systems
  • Specialty or internally-developed applications
  • A Web-based data collection application accessed through an XML interface

Extensive user exits are available throughout FIMMAS to call programs written in C, COBOL, or other industry-standard languages. This simplifies the exchange of information and integration of functions between FIMMAS and specialized, internally-developed applications.

  

Operating Environment

FIMMAS is an on-line, database system, with real-time processing and updating of transactions. All jobs are accessible through menus and can be run on demand by any authorized user. All data — both detail and summary — is retained on-line as long as you need it for reporting and inquiry.

  

Design Languages

The primary middleware tool used for FIMMAS development is APPX, a platform-independent, comprehensive runtime, database, and high level programming environment. Extensive user exits are provided to enable calls to programs written in C, COBOL, or other industry standard languages. Source code is optionally available for in-house modification. (Visit www.appx.com for APPX information.)

  

Software Support

The MDI Client Services Team is available via telephone, fax, and e-mail, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Time. Customers may also contract for 24/7 support, or special support during system-critical times.

  

Online Help

Online help provides overviews of major functions, menu paths, and step-by-step procedures for key tasks, field definitions, and user tips.

  

User Group

The FIMMAS user group meets once a year to share ideas about enhancement priorities, joint development projects, and implementation planning.