Redmond, Wash. - In an effort to reduce millions of dollars of integration pain on the part of insurance customers, Microsoft Corp. is releasing a new architecture to assist insurance companies in developing service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and deploying pre-integrated software applications around core insurance business processes.The Microsoft Insurance Value Chain (IVC) Architecture v1.0, which will be demonstrated at the ACORD/LOMA Insurance Forum in Las Vegas this month and completed by late June, is an industry-standards-based approach designed to enable workflow across multiple insurance applications--on or off the Microsoft platform. The architecture is the result of newly launched integration labs, held monthly on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus.

Microsoft's IVC Architecture is designed to reduce the time and cost required by insurance customers attempting to integrate core line-of-business applications for cross-enterprise workflows. It is also designed to assist customers in selecting and purchasing best-of-breed products from more than 60 companies in a growing Microsoft insurance partner system--versus a top-down, proprietary approach from a single vendor

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