ACORD recently announced that, as part of its ongoing effort to streamline forms production, it will move to a new system developed by Silverlake Software LLC. The standards organization's goal is to increase responsiveness and more easily and rapidly produce the various formats of ACORD Forms currently used throughout the industry.

The system, known as Silverlake Forms Development Environment (FDE), allows users to create or edit a form once using a WYSIWYG designer and output into multiple formats, ACORD says. It also includes a management component to track workflow and monitor forms distribution.

ACORD Forms are currently available in several formats including eForms, IBM Fillable, Adobe Static PDF and Adobe Fillable PDF.

"We're all looking forward to moving to Silverlake's FDE and more efficiently producing our forms,” says Lloyd Chumbley, VP, Standards, ACORD. “In the end, we'll be able to better serve our users by providing them with the forms they need faster than ever before. We've had a long relationship with Silverlake and we're glad they were able to help us move our production environment to the next level."

The Silverlake FDE also will enable ACORD to create eForms with embedded eLabels that facilitate data mapping and implementation of ACORD forms into various systems.

"Silverlake Software has been working with ACORD for over a decade on static forms and we are excited to expand our solution to include support for fillable forms,” says Jamie da Silva, Owner, Silverlake Software LLC. “It is an exciting and challenging project that will enable a great future for eForms.”

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