BriteCore and Xceedance Announce Strategic Partnership

Cision PR Newswire | August 17, 2020

BriteCore, a leading provider of next-generation core software solutions for insurers, and Xceedance, a consulting, technology, and managed services company focused on property and casualty insurance, today announced that Xceedance has joined BriteCore's growing partner ecosystem. The cloud-native BriteCore platform provides end-to-end support for P&C insurers, including core policy, billing and claims modules, agent and policyholder portals, and data and analytics capabilities. BriteCore has seen rapid expansion in its customer base over the last decade. Xceedance has developed deep domain expertise from its work with insurers, reinsurers, brokers, and MGAs, and will provide diverse services to BriteCore clients in support of their system implementations. "The partnership expands BriteCore's capacity to support our growing client base," said Phil Reynolds, CEO, BriteCore. "We're especially pleased with the systems integration, configuration, and strategic support services that Xceedance offers, which align with the implementation strategies that BriteCore has refined over the last decade.

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