By early 2004, it was obvious to everyone at the New Mexico Mutual Casualty Co., also known as New Mexico Mutual Group, that the company's green-screen legacy claims system had outlived its usefulness. The company was bringing in a new Web-based policy administration system, and the contrast between it and the tottering claims system was glaring.Navigational and functional problems with the legacy system had cut into claims department productivity at the Albuquerque, N.M.-based carrier. Only one user could work on a claim at a time.

"If an adjuster was working on a file, the supervisor had to wait until the adjuster was done to look at that claim," says Cecil Rudd, New Mexico Mutual's director of claims.

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