Minneapolis - Unitrin Direct a Chicago supplier of direct-to-consumer automobile insurance and its business partner, State College, Pa.-based Optical Image Technology, Inc., have received the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association's (IASA) 2007 Tech Award, the companies announced. This award  was presented during the IASA 2007 Educational Conference and Business Show this week.Ian Zimmerman, Unitrin Direct’s director of underwriting, and OIT’s vice president of sales and marketing, James Thumma, were on hand to accept the award during IASA’s annual business luncheon.  Unitrin Direct was looking to support its overall goal of becoming a leading direct auto insurer by scaling processes and optimizing support functions. The joint project between OIT and Unitrin Direct was to implement an enterprise-wide digital organization of their corporate information and to re-engineer their business processes by using workflow to horizontally align disparate silos of information stored within a variety of departments.  Unitrin Direct is now equipped to push documents through automated workflows for approvals, signatures, customized letters, and calls as well as implement business processes that will automatically direct actions that need to take place. In addition, multiple technologies and departments such as underwriting, claims, and customer service were connected in order to process more work faster, with fewer human resources.  Unitrin implemented Optical Image's DocFinity Workflow product to connect the company's policy administration system, and third-party applications, including their automated call system and capture, indexing, and barcode reading along with other DocFinity components such as an electronic repository. The technology, which includes over 24 separate automated workflows, is expected to continue to enhance Unitrin Direct’s position in a highly competitive insurance market as well as put them in a strong position for future growth, said the companies.  Source: Optical Image Technology Inc.

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