Nationwide took high honors today as Model Insurer of the Year, at Celent’s 2012 Insurance Innovation and Insight Day in Boston.

Now in its 6th year, the program recognized a number of carriers for their innovative use of technology and business practices. The Celent awards program noted 23 different components as essential to the best practices recognized at the event.

These best practices in the use of technology span key areas of the product and policyholder life cycle, including product definition, distribution, underwriting, policy administration, service, claims, and infrastructure. In a related report, “Celent Model Insurer 2012: Case Studies of Effective Technology Use in Insurance,” Celent reviews and analyzes the IT best practices and measurable business results used in evaluating the Model Insurer Components.

“Innovation is a common theme for many of the projects profiled in this year’s report. The Model Insurer Components highlight several innovative uses of technology in insurance,” says Karen Monks, analyst with Celent’s Insurance group and author of the report. “Insurers have stepped up their use of emerging technologies and have had successes in doing so.”

Celent lists the following as Model Insurers and their related best practices for 2012:

• AEGON Nederland N.V.: Preparing for Solvency II by automating input to internal model calculations.

• AIG Chartis: Using business analytics software to automate strategic risk analysis.

• American Safety Insurance: Integrating all underwriting units under a common system.

• Canal Insurance Company: Leveraging Technology to open up new markets.

• CNA: Using a real time quoting portal that adapts to any agency's workflow.

• The Co-operative Insurance: Expanding into a strategically important distribution channel.

• Courtesy Insurance Company: Transforming claims through new systems and re engineered processes.

• Changing the way automobile insurance is sold in Singapore.

• Erie Insurance: Streamlining the marketing, selling and processing of life insurance.

• Great American Insurance Company: Delivering mobile applications to a niche market.

• The Hartford: Changing the business model of how life insurance is sold and bought.

• HDFC Standard Life Insurance: Offering enterprise wide learning via the Internet.

• L&T General Life Insurance Company Limited: Realizing organization-wide results in short timeframe.

• Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.: Coping with a nationwide disaster in the cloud.

• Nationwide Insurance: Model Insurer of the Year.

• Nationwide Insurance: Proactively monitoring online applications.

• Philadelphia Insurance: Coordinating the replacement and integration of multiple vendors systems to achieve enterprise operational efficiencies.

• Prudential Insurance: Using BPM to create a single intuitive view of the customer.

• PURE (Privilege Underwriters Reciprocal Exchange): Using configured work flow processes to meet customers' unique needs.

• QBE: Leveraging a geographic risk assessment tool to manage portfolio exposures.

• Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.: Offering “One-Time Insurance” products that can be bought any time and anywhere.

• Torus Insurance: Delivering a modern portal to brokers.

• Universal Insurance: Digitizing a claims process in the Caribbean.

• Zurich: Using telematics to improve fleet operations and risk.

More than 80 nominations for the Celent Model Insurer program were accepted throughout 2011, and the Celent insurance team selected the winning initiatives based on the business benefits provided, reports Monk. Each Model Insurer Component is described in a brief write-up within the report, including detailed descriptions of business drivers, technology environments, and quantitative success metrics.


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