"A change from a proprietary ICL mainframe and Sequent Unix
system to Solaris and Linux has played a crucial role in turning
around the fortunes of Kent-based insurance firm Reliance
"Due to a slowdown in the insurance market, Reliance Mutual went
through a major cost-cutting exercise, shutting down 20 branch
offices and its direct sales force, with the loss of 320 staff.
Now, thanks to the restructuring and a change in its IT strategy,
the insurer is taking on new business from independent financial