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ACORD LOMA SHOW BRIEFS: AQS Introduces AQS/Advantage Product Manager, and more

AQS Introduces AQS/Advantage Product Manager, State National Companies Selects CGI Group, Decision Research Introduces RateMaker Analyzer, Allfinanz Launches Underwriting Solution, Opus Group Adds Nationwide, Live Expertise On-Demand, Administration Across Multiple Systems

AQS Introduces AQS/Advantage Product Manager
AQS (Harland, Wis.) introduced AQS/advantage Product Manager, a self-maintenance tool that allows carriers to update and manage core functions within its Web-centric commercial policy administration system, AQS/advantage. The new tool utilizes ISO IntegRater, the electronic delivery system of ISL loss costs and rating factors from Insurance Services Office. AQS/advantage Product Manager supports all commercial lines of business for all states and allows clients to manage and update rates, rules and documents within their AQS/advantage system.

State National Companies Selects CGI Group
State National Companies (Fort Worth, Texas) selected CGI Group (Andover, Mass.) to provide full regulatory and statistical reporting services for its P&C book of business.

Decision Research Introduces RateMaker Analyzer
Decision Research Corp. (Honolulu) introduced RateMaker Analyzer, which will be offered as an optional add-on tool for Decision Research's V1STA RateMaker solution or as a stand-alone utility. The RateMaker Analyzer tool enables insurers and MGAs to analyze their current books of business and perform "what if" tests of rate changes to determine the potential impact on their business. RateMaker Analyzer will be available with the release of Microsoft's SQL Server 2005.

Allfinanz Launches Underwriting Solution
Allfinanz (Dublin) launched Release 3.5 of its xpertBridge Web-based, rules-driven automated underwriting solution. Release 3.5 provides significant enhancements to the support of straight-through processing (STP) in xpertBridge's Home Office environment, enabling companies to support 100 percent of their new business cases on a single platform, regardless of product or application submission method (e.g., paper-based or electronic-based applications), according to the vendor. The enhancements have been incorporated into the base xpertBridge product to make the extended capabilities available to current and future xpertBridge clients.

Opus Group Adds Nationwide
Nationwide Insurance (Columbus Ohio, over $148 billion in statutory assets) will be integrating data and management between front-office service centers and back-office transaction processing functions with the operational performance solution, Opus Solution, from Opus Group (Chicago), a performance management company that works with global 2000 corporations to improve operating results in customer-contact and processing centers.

Live Expertise On-Demand
Xpert Universe (New York), a provider of live collaboration and business intelligence solutions for user over the Internet, announced the availability of its Expert on Demand solution that enables access to live experts at the moment of need during critical front-office and core insurance processes. This solution addresses the problem of information sharing that can trouble large, geographically dispersed organizations through an on-demand, in-context, Internet-based expert location and collaboration tool.

Administration Across Multiple Systems
EDS-SOLCORP (Toronto), a provider of software solutions for the financial services industry and a subsidiary of EDS, announced the launch of Radience: Consolidation, an administration solution that enables life insurance companies to access and manipulate data as well as execute common business processes, across a variety of administration systems.

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