Swiss Re counts on ELCA for its global data migration project


Insurance group Swiss Re have migrated all its internal data worldwide to a new, modern and central information and collaboration platform based on SharePoint. To help with the data migration, Swiss Re got Swiss IT specialist ELCA on board. In total, around 250 million files from locations all over the world, amounting to over 280 terabytes of data, are involved.

As part of its “Swiss Re Digital Workspace” initiative, Swiss Re is creating a unique internal platform for information, communication and collaboration for use by over 12,000 staff employed company-wide. The platform makes use of state-of-the-art technology and will be used to centrally manage all business-related information. The new strategic platform is based on Microsoft SharePoint 2013 technology, already introduced by Swiss Re.

The migration service, developed by ELCA in collaboration with Swiss Re, supports the 5,000 employees (“content owners”) involved in the project throughout all phases of the migration process, and provides guidance for users accordingly.

ELCA has developed a software tool especially for the automation of the data migration process. Employees can use the tool to check and adjust their data and then transfer it to its new destination, and they receive support every step of the way. The migration itself is taken care of by the tool, which validates input from the employees, thereby reducing the error rates. The tool provides analyses and evaluations regarding the current status of the migration, lightening the load for the project management team. Furthermore, the data migration project acts as a launch pad to establish SharePoint globally as a new collaboration and document platform.

About Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing direct and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of around 70 offices globally and is rated “AA–” by Standard & Poor’s, “Aa3” by Moody’s and “A+” by A.M. Best. Registered shares in the Swiss Re Group holding company, Swiss Re Ltd, are listed in accordance with the International Reporting Standard on the SIX Swiss Exchange and trade under the symbol SREN. For more information on the Swiss Re Group, please visit or follow on Twitter @SwissRe.