Ascend | March 31, 2022
Today, modern insurtech infrastructure companies, Ascend and Stere, announced an anchor partnership. The two companies will be teaming up to provide existing brokers, MGAs, and carriers with the best-in-class digital experiences.
Ascend is the first modern insurance payments platform that provides automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. Stere is a one-stop-shop for businesses to find capacity and access digital tools to launch, improve and grow insurance programs. Both companies work to digitize key aspects of the insurance value chain and will be combining forces in a first-of-its-kind anchor partnership to further fuel their customers' growth.
We're incredibly excited to be collaborating with Stere as we enter the next phase of providing the best possible product/service for our customers, They've built an incredible ecosystem that connects "capacity seekers" such as MGAs, insurtechs, or embedded insurance partners, with "capacity providers" like carriers and reinsurers. Stere's capacity marketplace will support our customers' capacity needs and becoming a part of that ecosystem, benefits both ours and their customers."
Ascend Co-Founder & Co-CEO Andrew Wynn.
Stere allows interested parties to easily launch new insurance programs and products, and Ascend makes it easy to handle all aspects of payments for those new programs.
Working with Ascend further expands and strengthens the roster of network vendor partners our clients have easy access to via our digital ecosystem, Our mission is to be a go-to capacity marketplace for MGAs, reinsurers, and carriers as well as offer them a secure platform where they can launch and grow insurance programs with ease. By restructuring and modernizing insurance payments infrastructure, something that is long overdue, Ascend addresses a long-standing industry pain point and empowers our clients to increase their process efficiencies."
Stere CEO and Founder Dogan Kaleli.
This is the first of many partnerships Ascend will be investing in to deepen its relationships with other insurtechs, MGAs, AMS, and other embedded insurance carriers to complement the strategic ambitions of companies in the insurance market.
Ascend is the modern insurance payments platform that provides automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. Founded by two-time insurtech entrepreneurs Andrew Wynn and Praveen Chekuri, Ascend helps distributors sell more by eliminating labor-intensive, expensive processes while providing customers with the great online checkout and financing experience they've come to expect.
Stere is a digital ecosystem for insurance programs. With Stere, program leaders source insurance capacity and access digital tools to launch sooner and grow smarter. Stere clients are MGAs, insurtech MGAs, and embedded insurance programs, and their ecosystem partners such as carriers, fronting carriers, reinsurers, brokers, program consultants, and technology providers.
Guidewire | May 06, 2021
Guidewire Software, Inc., the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced the availability of Guidewire's Usage-Based Insurance Solution. Planned in view of speed, the UBI Solution can be deployed inside 12 weeks and supports the start to finish insurance lifecycle including quote, billing, and automated claims consumption.
Forrester Research projects usage-based insurance policies to grow 50 percent in 2021.1 “Increasing appetite for usage-based insurance (UBI) in personal auto will drive insurers to rethink how they help customers discover and use auto insurance,” wrote Jeffery Williams, senior analyst, Forrester Research in a recent blog post. “COVID-19 has ushered in a new paradigm where consumers are more conscious about price transparency. That will result in strong new business growth across the sector.”2
Accessible exclusively on Guidewire Cloud, Guidewire's UBI solution accelerates deployment with a prebuilt package of capabilities, services, and mixes with Guidewire PartnerConnect Solution partners, Cambridge Mobile Telematics and TrueMotion for telematics.
"Personal lines insurers want to offer UBI as fast as possible to their customers, and with Guidewire they can in just a few months,” said Eugene Lee, senior vice president and general manager, Guidewire. “Guidewire’s UBI Solution was informed by our experience with multiple UBI-specific deployments, and unlike other offerings that focus only on product definition, the solution is designed to support the entire quote-to-claim lifecycle.”
One of those UBI deployments was at CAA Insurance Company, Canada’s largest not-for-profit automobile association. “As the pandemic continues, so do the financial hardships faced by many households," said Matthew Turack, president of CAA Insurance Company. “In response, we quickly launched a new MyPace product using Guidewire to help our customers who were working from home save on auto insurance costs. Our customers appreciated our responsiveness and sales have exceeded our expectations with a 300 percent year-over-year increase in new auto policy sales and 72 percent increase in new customers.” CAA has been an in-production InsuranceSuite customer since 2012.
Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. We combine digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 400 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire. As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record, with 1,000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our marketplace provides hundreds of applications that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.
Majesco, Infosys | May 19, 2021
For insurance business transformation, Infosys, a world leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, and Majesco, a global leader in cloud insurance platform solutions, announced a strategic partnership today. Infosys and Majesco will collaborate to help joint customers drive their digital transformation journeys, allowing them to capitalize on emerging opportunities, meet the need for personalized customer experiences, operating efficiency, and digital adoption through the insurance business value chain.
The insurance industry will benefit from Infosys' insurance domain and digital technologies, which will be integrated with Majesco's cloud-based next-generation suite of solutions, which includes the Majesco L&A and Group Core Suite, Majesco P&C Core Suite, and Majesco Digital1st® Insurance on Majesco CloudInsurer®. Customers in the Life & Annuity (L&A), Group, and Property & Casualty (P&C) segments would benefit from the combined synergy, which would help insurers achieve efficiency and innovation at scale.
Majesco provides insurers with the technology, expertise, and leadership they need to modernize, innovate, and connect to develop the future of their business – and the future of insurance – at scale. The platforms bring insurance to individuals and companies in new, hyper-relevant, compelling, and personal ways. Majesco is changing the businesses of over 190 insurance companies worldwide in P&C, L&A, and Group Benefits by modernizing, optimizing, or creating new business models.CloudInsurer® P&C Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); CloudInsurer® L&A and Group Core Suite (Policy, Billing, Claims); L&A Insurance Data & Analytics Platform, Digital1st® Insurance with Digital1st® Engagement, Digital1st® EcoExchange, and Digital1st® Platform – a cloud-native, microservices and open API platform; Distribution Management, P&C Insurance Data & Analytics Platform; Distribution.
Infosys is a global leader in digital services and consulting for the next generation. Clients in 46 countries depend upon it to help them manage their digital transition. It expertly guides its clients on their digital journey with nearly four decades of experience managing the systems and workings of multinational organizations. It has accomplished this by providing the enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps in the prioritizing of change execution. It also empowers the business with agile digital at scale, enabling it to achieve virtually unknown levels of success and customer delight. The never-ending learning agenda propels it forward by developing and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from its innovation ecosystem.