Support of Microsoft SQL Server has been added to The Innovation Group’s Insurer Suite. It has been validated with performance and efficiency testing in Microsoft's Redmond labs, Innovation Group said.

During the validation of Insurer, a series of efficiency tests were conducted at the Microsoft Redmond, Wash., lab in May, according to Innovation Group. The tests simulated business transaction volumes for all tiers of U.S. P&C insurers, producing positive results.

"We have seen a lot of interest from carriers in modernizing to core systems running on Microsoft's server platform, for the cost benefits, agility, and ready access to skill sets to run these systems," said Tony Jacob, managing director, Worldwide Insurance at Microsoft Corp. "Innovation Group, one of our strategic partners in insurance, has rapidly embraced our technologies for their leading suite of insurance software. Innovation Group now offers policy administration, claims processing and policy and claims analytics solutions separately or in a suite, all running on and performance tuned for Windows Server and SQL Server. This offers P&C carriers modern, scalable, highly regarded and well-reviewed solutions for critical areas of their businesses, especially for modernization initiatives. Moreover, the suite presents new opportunities for application, vendor and database consolidations leading to IT cost savings."

The tests concluded that Insurer can handle loads comparable to those expected of a tier-1 insurer on a modest infrastructure, thereby exceeding expectations, said Innovation Group. The overall performance of the Innovation Insurer Suite on SQL Server 2012 was comparable to previous tests running on DB2 at the IBM Innovation Centre (IIC) Hursley, U.K.

"We are excited to announce the support of Microsoft SQL Server in this release of Innovation Insurer as it responds to the increasing demand by our insurance industry customers and the industry at-large," said Euan King, CEO NA Insurer Software. "Already, four Innovation Group customers are implementing the Microsoft SQL Server version in multiple geographies."

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