Virginia Beach Controls its Destiny with RISKMASTER Accelerator
Client:City of Virginia Beach
- Improve reporting capabilities, control costs and secure departmental data
- Migrate data from a mainframe to a PC environment and manage it with RISKMASTER
- Completed conversion in two months
- Gained ad hoc reporting capabilities
- Streamlined entire claims process
Virginia Beach, Virginia, a city with more than 6,000 employees, has experienced a steady rise in claims. Each year, Virginia Beach handles about 5,500 active claims against the city ranging from workers' compensation to auto and general liability cases.
From Mainframe to Micro
The city formed a loss-control committee, but identifying ways to control costs was frustrating. The city’s risk management data was on a mainframe, making it difficult to create customized reports for different departments.
"We faced difficulties such as being able to generate the reports divisions and departments needed," said Dennis Graul, risk management analyst. "We wanted a microcomputer-based application rather than a mainframe application. We wanted to convert historical data into a new database."
More Information, Easier Reports
Why did Virginia Beach choose RISKMASTER? Graul says a major reason was the SORTMASTER tool.
"We liked the ease with which you could develop ad hoc reports," he said. "We weren't able to do that in our old application without getting a programmer to write the code. SORTMASTER eliminated that problem. With SORTMASTER's ease of use, I've been able to develop reports for loss control, providing city departments with their loss information."
Poised for the Future
With 425,000 residents and a tourist trade that has grown to 3 million annual visitors, it's crucial for the city to get meaningful risk management information. RISKMASTER will continue to help Virginia Beach city leaders control their own destiny, giving them tools to make informed decisions about risk exposure and loss control.