Skywire Software, a Frisco, Texas-based provider of software and services for the insurance industry, released Launcher, an application designed to improve, coordinate and measure the process of getting new insurance products to market.

Traditional processes have relied heavily on informal methods such as e-mail, spreadsheets, forms, meetings and telephone calls, according to Skywire. Launcher is designed to take all of that information and put it in one place, creating a centralized repository where insurers can track all the information related to the process of crafting or refreshing an insurance product.

Launcher's browser-based interface is designed to enable users to collaborate on the forms, documents and language used in developing new insurance products. Insurance professionals can post questions to each other, read the responses, upload documents and forms, and route them to the appropriate parties for approval via Launcher's workflow capabilities.


Initiate Master Data Service version 8.0, a comprehensive master data management (MDM) platform from Chicago-based Initiate Systems Inc., is designed to deliver single, trusted and complete versions of critical data assets in real-time to the people, processes and applications that rely on them.

Initiate Master Data Service delivers trusted versions of critical data assets to users, processes and systems to drive strategic and tactical decision-making, according to the company. It is designed to provide comprehensive single views of data domains, such as vehicles, locations, incidents, suspects and people, to both end users and automated business processes that rely on these views to function efficiently.


Optical Image Technology Inc., State College, Pa., released its new software module-Print To DocFinity - which is designed to add value for new and existing users of the company's DocFinity suite of integrated electronic workflow and document management software. DocFinity software is designed to streamline manual tasks, increase organizational efficiency and offer better services.

The Print To DocFinity module provides DocFinity users with an alternative means of indexing and storing unalterable electronic images that are captured and created from a digital print data stream. The product is one of several DocFinity modules that enable customers to validate the integrity of their data and index it automatically. This frees staff from labor-intensive, routine tasks and enables them to pursue greater business activities, according to the company.


Perr & Knight Inc., Los Angeles, launched 2.0, a major upgrade to the online database of competitor rate, rule and form filings. 2.0 upgrades include the launch of PKReview for advanced filing analysis and downloadable source documents; an improved user interface that responds to feedback from long term users; and direct integration with PKast and PKForums. PKast is Perr&Knight's free podcasting service for insurance news and analysis, and PKForums is a free message board for professional discussions on a wide variety of insurance-related topics.

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