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Willis of Texas Inc.

Faster response, smoother operation, more personal service — those are benefits any company would appreciate. And thanks to the Group Benefits department at Willis of Texas, a leading insurance broker, clients — and their employees — take advantage of those benefits through the power of FileMaker Pro, the award–winning database software application from FileMaker, Inc.

Overview

  • For clients of Willis of Texas, updating employee benefits plans is as easy as a trip to the web, thanks to a powerful FileMaker based solution.

Industry

  • Insurance
  • Medium–Large Business

FileMaker has served us well by being such an easy tool to work with — as our complexity and scope of business increased, I could bring in professionals to work with the system and take it beyond what I could do.

— Ron Moore, Managing Director, Willis of Texas Inc.

Business Challenge

Willis of Texas is part of Willis Group Holdings, one of the world's largest insurance brokers. And in Willis' Fort Worth, Texas office you'll find a small, dedicated team using the latest FileMaker database technology to revolutionize the way these programs are administered. "We deal in group health, life and disability benefit plans," explains Ron Moore, managing director of the Fort Worth office. "Clients must maintain data on all their employees — the coverage they have, the deductions that are appropriate, the premiums that must be paid. FileMaker Pro is a tool that allows us to help our clients to manage this data."

Successful Solution

More than a decade ago, Ron constructed a basic FileMaker Pro system to keep track of this information. "FileMaker Pro is very user–friendly for the novice," he comments. "I was able to begin these services on my own, and were it not for that we might not be where we are today. FileMaker has served us well by being such an easy tool to work with — as our complexity and scope of business increased, I could bring in professionals to work with the system and take it beyond what I could do."

Those professionals include Mike McAbee, who joined the Willis team as Senior Systems Analyst a few years after Ron assembled his first database, and developer Kirk Bowman of MightyData LLC. Starting with Ron's basic system, they have built a powerful, versatile data management tool for keeping track of cafeteria–style benefit packages. Employees choose the benefit programs they want to join — and FileMaker keeps track of the details. "The system will have anywhere from seven to fifteen tables in order to manage the various components that go into determining what benefits a person is entitled to," explains Mike, "as well as the payroll deduction costs to employees and premiums and fees owed to vendors. We have modules that allow us to do direct imports from human resources, exports to payroll, and exports to files that are then sent to carriers."

FileMaker Pro is very user–friendly for the novice," he comments. "I was able to begin these services on my own, and were it not for that we might not be where we are today.

— Ron Moore, Managing Director, Willis of Texas Inc.

Recently, Willis took another bold step forward with the introduction of a web interface. Designed by MightyData, and powered by FileMaker Server, FileMaker Unlimited, and Lasso, the "Benefits2002" interface allows employees themselves to directly enter their own benefits information. "There's no need to go to Human Resources and fill out a form," comments Mike, "and there's no need to send that form to us to be entered into the database. With the net interface, the information comes directly from the employee to us — and we can send it on directly to the insurance carriers. That capability allows us to provide even more personal, more accurate service to our clients and their employees."

Customer Benefits

Currently seven clients are taking advantage of the system. To serve them, Willis runs 110 FileMaker databases out of its Fort Worth office, containing more than 250,000 records. There's every indication that the system will continue to grow, continue to expand — and as that happens, Ron and Mike are confident that FileMaker Pro will grow right along with it, benefiting Willis and its clients all the while.

For FileMaker:

Kevin Mallon
Public Relations Manager
FileMaker Inc.
408-987-7227
kevin_mallon@filemaker.com
http://www.filemaker.com

For Willis of Texas Inc.:

Ron Moore
Managing Director
Willis of Texas Inc.
817-870-7210
ron.moore@willis.com

For MightyData LLC:

Kirk Bowman
President
MightyData LLC
972-492-7523
kirk@mightydata.com