Shanghai Social Security Builds Data Warehouse to Support Policymaking and Service Planning
China began issuing social security cards in 1999 and selected Shanghai as the pilot city for the initiative. Six million cards were distributed in 1999. In 2008, 13 million cards were issued. When the social security card project was initiated in 1998, the Shanghai Municipal Information Commission established the Shanghai Social Security and Citizen Service Center to oversee the development and maintenance of networks, systems, databases, Web sites, and interactive voice services that would support delivery of the cards. The Center has used Oracle Database to store social security information since the project's inception. In 2006, it again turned to Oracle technology to build a data warehouse and implement business intelligence tools.