CSIO backs Alberta’s authorization of electronic auto insurance proofs

CSIO | August 14, 2019

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has responded to the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance’s decision to approve the use of electronic proof of automobile insurance (EPAI) – also known as eSlips – praising the decision. With the approval coming into effect August 12, Alberta drivers can now present their proofs of insurance via smartphone. In addition to the CSIO, the Insurance Bureau of Canada also applauded Alberta’s decision. CSIO had co-developed an eSlips solution, called “My Proof of Insurance,” together with brokers and insurers. With Alberta giving the green light to EPAI, CSIO hopes more governments follow suit to better serve consumers. “We applaud the Alberta government’s decision to approve the use of eSlips,” said CSIO president and CEO Catherine Smola.

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EquiTrust Life Partners with Sapiens on their Next Generation Digital Agent Experience

EquiTrust | June 24, 2022

Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ: SPNS) (TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced today that EquiTrust Life, a leading North American life and health insurance company, has selected Sapiens' award-winning suite of e-application, illustration and digital solutions to provide their agents next generation customer acquisition and service capabilities. Sapiens IllustrationPro, Sapiens ApplicationPro and Sapiens DigitalSuite support EquiTrust Life's key product offerings by providing comprehensive, new business illustrations with enhanced solutions for complex scenarios with split second calculations, and an interactive experience to reduce re-keying, resulting in fewer errors, faster time to decision and better engagement. Sapiens' simple, intuitive, device-agnostic user engagement with flexible branding and integrations enhances EquiTrust Life's partner experience. Leveraging Sapiens' toolkit, the solution provides self-sufficiency and reduces total cost of ownership. We were looking for one vendor to drive our digital transformation and accelerate innovation within our agent sales process. Innovation is a key pillar within EquiTrust Life, and we felt that Sapiens' digital tools would enable innovation much faster than any other competitor, while providing us industry insights and best practices, We administer financial products for retirees, and Sapiens' solution delivers a superior agent experience to market complex financial products that help protect our growing senior population." Carol Woodruff, Vice President, Information Systems with EquiTrust Life. We are very excited to partner with EquiTrust Life on their digital transformation journey, Sapiens not only provides a wide array of best-of-breed solutions, but we also truly understand our customers' operational goals and are committed to delivering best-in-class solutions, seamlessly to drive growth and deliver value. " Jamie Yoder, Sapiens North America President & General Manager. Sapiens IllustrationPro for Life & Annuities is a cloud-first, point-of-sale illustration and quoting solution, offering a fully responsive, modern, intuitive user experience for the life and annuities and health markets. Sapiens ApplicationPro is a robust electronic application software that helps carriers address critical business drivers, such as decreasing time–to–issue and reducing policy acquisition costs, all in an extremely intuitive and easy–to–use package. Sapiens DigitalSuite offers a dynamic, digital engagement and enablement platform for insurers to provide a unified, omni-channel experience. The flexible, component-based platform can be leveraged together with Sapiens' core solutions or on top of other (non-Sapiens) solutions. About EquiTrust Life EquiTrust Life Insurance Company is a trusted provider of life insurance and annuity products with a strong track record of operating performance. EquiTrust is a national carrier of competitive, client-friendly options, available through various distribution channels including more than 15,700 independent sales representatives and independent marketing organizations. EquiTrust offers fixed-rate and indexed annuities and life insurance and is headquartered in Chicago with operations in West Des Moines. In June 2015, Magic Johnson Enterprises became the majority shareholder, making EquiTrust Life Insurance one of the largest minority-owned life insurance company in the history of the country at $25.7 billion in assets. About Sapiens Sapiens International Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNS) (TASE: SPNS) empowers the financial sector, with a focus on insurance, to transform and become digital, innovative, and agile. Backed by more than 40 years of industry expertise, Sapiens offers a complete insurance platform, with pre-integrated, low-code solutions and a cloud-first approach that accelerates customers' digital transformation. Serving over 600 customers in 30 countries, Sapiens offers insurers across property and casualty, workers' compensation and life markets the most comprehensive set of solutions, from core to complementary, including Reinsurance, Financial & Compliance, Data & Analytics, Digital, and Decision Management.

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Integrity Expands Life Insurance Distribution by Partnering with Richman Insurance Agency

Integrity Marketing Group and Richman Insurance Agency | August 10, 2022

Integrity Marketing Group, LLC, a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions, today announced it has acquired Richman Insurance Agency, an insurance marketing organization ("IMO") based in Dallas, Texas. As part of the acquisition, Rob Richman, President of Richman Insurance Agency, will become a Managing Partner in Integrity. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Richman Insurance Agency has quickly become an influential leader in the markets it serves. With more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry, Rob Richman understands how to provide fundamental agent training so his team can best meet client needs. He guides the company's fast-growing network of agents to success through a proven system of in-depth coaching and support. Richman Insurance Agency provides $15 million in mortgage protection, life insurance and final expense products to a wide range of consumers, serving more than 20,000 Americans annually. "A great business needs great leaders, and Rob has proven he has the attitude and passion to make an impact on this industry, His hard work and dedication have built his agency into the success it is today, and his well-trained team is now ready for the next step forward. Adding Integrity's resources and technology will accelerate Richman Insurance Agency's growth path, allowing them to reach more people while enhancing our efforts to serve the life, health and wealth needs of all Americans. We're proud to welcome Rob and his team to Integrity — I'm confident their biggest successes are ahead of them." -shared Bryan W. Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Integrity At Richman Insurance Agency, we specialize in helping agents maximize their potential, Adding Integrity's world-class support and services to our team's commitment and work ethic creates the perfect combination to supercharge our business. Integrity is pioneering the future of life, health and wealth protection, and we want to be part of it. When we see the group of industry leaders Integrity has assembled, we can't help but be thrilled to join their ranks. We know we're just getting started with what we can achieve,explained Richman, President. Integrity helps Americans prepare for the good days ahead by partnering with industry leaders and icons who come together as peers to optimize insurance processes and financial services. Unified by their common goal of improving insurance and financial services experiences for everyone, members of Integrity's partner network learn from each other and collaborate to design strategies that better protect the life, health and wealth of consumers. Rob has always done his utmost to help his team fulfill their goals — it's what makes him the type of leader we're thrilled to partner with, Richman Insurance Agency is ready to take a big leap forward and grow faster and serve more people than ever before. Partnering with the best minds in the business and gaining access to Integrity's cutting-edge technology and resources will springboard their future success. Richman Insurance Agency will be a great addition to the Integrity family. We're grateful they've chosen to be part of our mission to help more Americans plan for the good days ahead,explained Shawn Meaike, President of Family First Life and Managing Partner at Integrity. To take full advantage of Integrity's partner benefits and agent resources, Richman Insurance Agency will utilize Integrity's vast infrastructure of business services. Partners can streamline administrative functions through centralized areas, such as People & Culture, Technology & Innovation, finance, legal and compliance, and world-class advertising and marketing. In addition, Integrity offers partners access to proprietary technology through its omnichannel insurtech platform. These comprehensive insurance and financial services offerings include valuable agent resources, such as product development, quoting and enrollment systems and customer relationship management software. All these benefits are further accentuated by Integrity's Employee Ownership Plan, which offers employees the exciting opportunity for meaningful company ownership. About Integrity Marketing Group Integrity, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of innovative solutions for wealth management and retirement planning. Through its partner network, Integrity helps millions of Americans protect their life, health and wealth with a commitment to meet them wherever they are — in person, over the phone and online. Integrity's cutting-edge technology helps streamline the insurance and financial planning experience for all stakeholders. In addition, Integrity develops products with carrier partners and markets them through its nationwide distribution network. Integrity's nearly 6,000 employees work with approximately 500,000 agents and advisors who serve more than 11 million clients annually. In 2022, Integrity will help carriers place almost $20 billion in new sales and oversee more than $30 billion of assets under management and advisement through its RIA and broker-dealer platforms. About Richman Insurance Agency Richman Insurance Agency, founded in 2019, is based in Dallas, Texas and is a leader in the life insurance industry. The agency specializes in mortgage protection, final expense, and retirement planning. To provide the best products and services, Richman Insurance Agency partners with industry leading carriers, and develops agents and leaders to provide quality service in the senior market. In 2021, Richman Insurance Agency served over 20,000 Americans and provided over $15 million in annual paid premium.

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Styra Announces Styra Run, a New Application Authorization Service for Developers, Built on Open Policy Agent

Styra | July 18, 2022

Styra, Inc., the creators and maintainers of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and leader of cloud-native authorization, today announced Styra Run. Designed for application development teams, this new OPA-based authorization service provides enterprise-grade authorization to developers via a simple drop-in API, allowing teams to accelerate time to market, remove ongoing maintenance demands and improve end user experience. Styra Run, using OPA, is the first cloud-hosted application authorization service to completely decouple policy logic and data from the underlying application. This turnkey service frees software developers from the complex, time-consuming tasks of building, maintaining and operating their own authorization capabilities, collaboration features and permissions for each of their applications. Styra Run features: Seamless integration into the application UI, API, and data layer Offloaded storage and global replication of end-user permissions data Pre-built OPA logic for application authorization use cases like adding sharing capabilities for consumer apps or team-based controls for enterprise apps “Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra “Every app on the planet has permissions, access control, sharing or other authorization built in. But by eliminating the need to constantly recreate authorization in each application, Styra Run improves time to market and quality, and provides better features than teams would build themselves. Similar to how ‘Sign in with Google’ eliminated the need for local user identity and passwords, Styra Run eliminates the need for custom built-per-app permission systems, so app developers and product teams can focus on better features and end-user experience.” “Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra Styra Run is hosted, managed and maintained by Styra and is developed by OPA’s creators. OPA is the de facto standard for authorization in the cloud-native environment with over 130M downloads to date, and is used by global organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Atlassian and Pinterest. The current state of SaaS authorization Before Styra Run, access control functionality — such as defining who can edit a document, see photos or create new users within an application — had to be implemented differently for every application, based on the application’s particular coding language and database type. Authorization controls are considered a tier-0 service and thus require high availability, very low latency, global replication and strict consistency guarantees. Building a solution that meets these demands typically requires 6-18 months of work by a team of specialists. Once built, the authorization system must be maintained, upgraded and patched throughout the entire application lifecycle. Styra Run eliminates the need for custom authorization deployment Styra Run provides customers an enterprise-grade authorization service, available via simple drop-in APIs, for companies who build and manage SaaS applications. This service allows end users to control their own account and access permissions, and as such is equally valuable in both consumer and business applications. With Styra Run, organizations can: Speed up time-to-production with a turnkey approach to authorization system development Avoid re-building authorization as SaaS application requirements change Remove the operational burden of replicating permissions data across the world Implement immediate permission updating and access for near-zero latency across all users “We heard firsthand from the OPA community and Styra customers that users needed a faster and better way to implement authorization for multi-tenant SaaS apps – both B2B and B2C,” said Torin Sandall, VP of Open Source at Styra. “OPA already solves the policy logic problem, but the community still needed a way to manage the contextual data that’s required for access decisions — like which roles, groups and permissions should be available to end users. We worked with the OPA community to combine hosted OPA logic, with contextual data management, to give developers a turnkey access control and authorization service that provides immediate, global policy across all their end users.” Styra Run is currently available in private Beta. Those interested in integrating Styra Run into their SaaS application, or using a pre-built sample app for sandbox exploration should contact Styra. About Styra Styra enables enterprises to define, enforce and monitor policy across their cloud-native environments. With a combination of open source (Open Policy Agent) and commercial products (Declarative Authorization Service), Styra provides security, operations and compliance guardrails to protect applications, as well as the infrastructure they run on. Styra policy-as-code approach lets developers, DevOps, and security teams mitigate risks, reduce human error and accelerate application development. Learn more at Styra.

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