Atlanta-based Jacada Ltd. released Jacada Interface Server 7.1, which adds XHTML generation capability to Jacada's integrated user interface development solution. The Jacada Interface Server provides a common user interface layer for new application development and existing legacy systems applications. This newest version includes the following capabilities: XML-based HTML generation; an open, extensible client interface; customizable "on-the-fly" XHTML generation; "WYSIWYG" generation of Java and XHTML; and function key support.Imaging software provider Snowbound Software Corp., Newtonville, Mass., released STORM for the Web. The new product enables organizations to retrieve, deliver and store corporate information, such as insurance forms, legal documents, photographs, data streams, scanned images and binary code, from any intranet or Internet connection via a Web browser. STORM is compatible with a broad spectrum of Enterprise Java Beans 1.1. application servers, including JBoss Group's JBoss, Macromedia's JRun, Sun Microsystem's iPlanet, BEA's WebLogic and IBM's WebSphere.
Chicago-based InsuranceNoodle Inc. began licensing its Web-based NoodleASP technology to property/casualty carriers, regional and national brokers, managing general agents and managing general underwriters. The solution is based on technology used by the commercial insurance e-broker over the last 18 months and by more than 700 agencies. Carriers can have their own Web-enabled system, set up with their own products, within a short period of time, and begin accepting underwriting information online and posting quotes online to their distribution force, the company claims.
San Diego-based HNC Software Inc., a provider of analytics and decision-management software, and Little Rock, Ark.-based Acxiom Corp., a provider of customer data integration tools, have developed an account management system combining HNC's Strategy Manager with Acxiom's Solvitur4. The system was designed to provide companies in financial, insurance, communications and other consumer-oriented industries with a tool to increase revenue and lower marketing and customer retention costs.
FinanCenter.com, Tucson, Ariz., released its newest Web merchandising product, the FinanCenter Financial Planner, which financial institutions can use to personalize their Web sites. The Financial Planner's "wizard" interface enables consumers to make sense of key personal finance topics including retirement planning, college savings, credit management and budgeting. Pricing ranges from $21,000 to $65,500.
Adding workers' compensation and property/liability modules to version 4.0 of its Claims3 product, Atlanta-based Bridium says it now offers a claims processing solution for all lines of insurance. With the ability to adjust auto, workers' compensation and property/liability claims, Claims3 is a Web-based application that automates claims-related tasks and integrates third-party information sources. Version 4.0 includes reserve history tracking, multiline or line-specific claims searching and reporting for all lines, and new features for workers' comp and property/liability.
Cover-All Technologies Inc., a Fair Lawn, N.J.-based provider of technology solutions for the property/casualty insurance industry, released the Insurance Policy Database, an open architecture data repository that gives users direct access to current and historic policy data for reporting, interfacing and data mining. Designed to support upload/download of data using ACORD standards and XML, Insurance Policy Database interfaces with accounting, reinsurance, claims, statistical and other systems.
Canadian-based financial services firm Manulife Financial is offering independent financial consultants Web access to an online database that will help them match current 401(k) plans to the appropriate provider. Called ERISA ONLINE, the online database of 1.2 million qualified retirement plans and qualified health and welfare plans, was created by PensionPlanet.com, Tampa, Fla. The listing's Form 5500 data is updated with current contact names and numbers, provided monthly through an exclusive relationships with Dun & Bradstreet.
Austin, Texas-based Computer Sciences Corp. released the XML version of its S3+ enterprise business system, which enables property/casualty insurers to extend services to the Web. The new release incorporates ACORD's standard XML interfaces, simplifying Web delivery of enterprise data and transactions to in-house professionals as well as to agents and insureds. The XML version is available under CSC's S3+ maintenance and enhancement programs.
Designed to fill insurers' gaps caused by limited staff and budgetary constraints, Hartford, Conn.-based Insurity, a ChoicePoint company, introduced Intelli-serve, a portfolio of outsourcing services. Included are services to help insurers with systems requirements, from rating and policy processing to statistical coding and regulatory compliance. The Business Process and System Outsourcing package offers system components and application service provider hosting services.
Richmond-Va.-based business IT consulting firm Align360 and The FCCI Insurance Group, a regional commercial property/casualty insurance company in Sarasota, Fla., released a Web-based quoting system, called Quote360, which interfaces with the Phoenix database from Lowell, Mass.-based Allenbrook. Quote360 enables users to enter policy information into the Phoenix database and receive an instant quote via the Internet. It also invokes the same ART rating engine and rules that Phoenix customers use as part of their daily processing.
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