New York and Chicago - October 10, 2007-- Insurance Networking News (INN) and Celent LLC, announce a partnership to deliver INN's second annual ranking of technology solution providers to the insurance industry, including several enhancements to last year's program. This second annual ranking, called the Insurance Networking News VIP Awards, will be based on a survey of executives and staff from North American insurance companies, including property/casualty, life/health--and new this year--reinsurance. These insurers will identify their preferred technology providers in several categories, such as enterprise platforms, point solutions, platform technologies and services. Also new to the second annual program will be additional rankings by respondent type.  The 2008 INN VIP Award winners will be determined solely by insurance carriers, brokers, managing general agents and agents. In partnership with Insurance Networking News, Celent, the most respected source of independent insurance technology and business research and advisory services, will conduct and manage the program's survey distribution, data collection and analysis.  In Part II of the INN VIP Awards program, the top-ranked solution providers will be offered an opportunity to nominate an insurance carrier customer as a "visionary" for its use of a specific technology, and is encouraged to illustrate the role, if feasible, that ACORD data standards plays as part of their business and technology success story. INN's readers, its Editorial Advisory Board, and Celent's top insurance research analyst will determine this top-ranked technology best practice in action.  "The INN VIP Awards program will provide an important perspective that will contribute to insurance company technology decisions," says Matthew Josefowicz, managing director of Celent's insurance practice. "We hope that the structure of this year's survey, with categories based on respondent type as well as technology categories, will make the results even more useful for INN's readers." For readers of Insurance Networking News who depend on the publication as the independent authority on information on how technology supports insurers' business strategies, the 2008 INN VIP Awards ranking and its accompanying analysis will provide insights into the leading technology solution providers across multiple categories. "This year's enhanced program reflects an honest and factual assessment of the technology solution provider landscape," says Pat Speer, editor-in-chief, Insurance Industry News. "Equally important, the enhanced INN VIP Awards program evokes the necessary discussion of the "why" behind the ranking. By including a critical educational component, such as how ACORD standards have helped facilitate the leading technology's application success, insurers can map to their own success." Winners of this second annual ranking will be recognized at an exclusive black-tie event held in conjunction with the ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Las Vegas in May 2008, and will be featured in a Special Report by Insurance Networking News in the June 2008 issue. The special report will also be distributed at the ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Las Vegas and at the IASA annual conference in Seattle. The INN VIP Awards ceremony will also be included as part of the INN NewsCast video broadcast. "We are delighted to work with Celent," says Speer. "Celent's research and advisory professionals represent exceptional industry acumen, which means our readers and the industry at large will have direct access to the knowledge and expertise generated as part of our collective research efforts." With six senior-level analysts in the United States, and three covering Europe and Asia, Celent's breadth and depth of insurance technology experience dates back to 2001. Celent is the only analyst firm to publish comprehensive reports on insurance software sales volumes and in-depth rankings of vendor software. Celent also publishes the widely read annual CIO survey and popular Model Carrier report, making the firm uniquely position to understand the buyer's side of the industry's highly competitive landscape. Contact Josefowicz directly via e-mail at mjosefowicz@celent.com if you have questions about the INN VIP Awards ranking, or wish to participate in the survey. To participate, please go to: www.insurancenetworking.com. Technology solution providers seeking more information about the Insurance Networking News' VIP Awards, or information about how to post the survey link on their Web sites, can contact Holli Gronset at holli.gronset@sourcemedia.com or 312-983-6178.  About Insurance Industry News and SourceMedia, Inc.Insurance Networking News is a trusted source for information on how technology is being implemented to support insurers' strategic business objectives, providing insightful analysis of - and case studies on - how technology is being innovatively utilized to automate critical processes. Every issue of Insurance Networking News is written to help senior insurance executives bypass the hype and get to the heart of resolving industry challenges. Readers rely on carefully researched content that is both engaging and analytical.SourceMedia, an Investcorp company, is the pre-eminent provider of timely and essential market information - including industry news, analysis, research and insights - for members of the financial services community, as well as related fields such as accounting and technology. Through its comprehensive library of professional publications, suite of industry-standard data applications, and in-depth seminars and conferences, SourceMedia (www.sourcemedia.com) offers its clients and subscribers a valuable and sophisticated range of products and services.  About Celent LLCCelent, LLC is a research and advisory firm dedicated to helping financial institutions formulate comprehensive business and technology strategies. Celent publishes reports identifying trends and best practices in financial services technology and conducts consulting engagements for financial institutions looking to use technology to enhance existing business processes or launch new business strategies. With a team of internationally experienced analysts, Celent is uniquely positioned to offer strategic advice and market insights on a global basis. More information about Celent's insurance practice is available online at www.celent.com/insurance.asp Source: Insurance Networking News and Celent LLC 

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