Equisoft Introduces Modern, Cloud-based PAS Solution for US Insurer GCU

Cision PR Newswire | October 17, 2020

Equisoft proudly announced today the successful implementation of their SaaS policy administration offering, Equisoft/manage, including their electronic application software, Equisoft/apply, for GCU. The new solution, which is built on the Oracle Insurance Policy Administration (OIPA) platform, was rolled-out for GCU's Final Expense products, creating an enhanced experience for e-applications,  new business, automated underwriting, agency compensation, policy changes, billing & payments, claims, workflow, correspondence and operational reports. Located in Beaver, Pennsylvania, GCU is a 128-year-old fraternal benefit society offering innovative Life & Annuity products to their clients in United States. GCU embarked upon this strategic initiative in late 2018 and subsequently entered into a multi-year agreement with Equisoft to upgrade their technology, implement new products, and sunset their legacy PAS by migrating their policies to the Equisoft/manage solution.

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Founded in 2012, Heritage Insurance had a distinct DNA… identifying opportunities, assessing fit, and then making quick decisions. As a start-up, Heritage Insurance realized that it required technology that could support its appetite for growth and efficiency. Heritage required a solution that would give them the full spectrum of insurance functionality, beginning to end, yet also be deployed on the Cloud.

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Founded in 2012, Heritage Insurance had a distinct DNA… identifying opportunities, assessing fit, and then making quick decisions. As a start-up, Heritage Insurance realized that it required technology that could support its appetite for growth and efficiency. Heritage required a solution that would give them the full spectrum of insurance functionality, beginning to end, yet also be deployed on the Cloud.

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Erie Insurance 'Future Focus' program recognized as a RISE Elite 50 industry internship program

Erie Insurance | September 20, 2022

The Erie Insurance (ERIE) Future Focus internship program has been named to the Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) list of the insurance industry's 50 best internship programs in 2022. This is the second consecutive year that ERIE has been honored. ERIE's summer internship program offers opportunities for college students to gain relevant and real-world business experience in the insurance industry and at a Fortune 500 company. "We're excited to be included on the RISE Elite 50 list for the second consecutive year. Our interns often tell us that our program is a premier offering in the industry, and this recognition is certainly a bonus, Year after year, the most impactful feedback comes directly from our interns, who, through an overwhelming response to our end-of-program survey, gave our 'Future Focus' program an average satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 this year." -JR Wilwohl, talent acquisition partner and ERIE's internship program coordinator ERIE's internship program, which began more than 20 years ago and has helped launch the careers of hundreds of current ERIE employees, offers paid, competitive internships across several areas of the company. According to Jon O'Camb, talent acquisition manager, ERIE's Future Focus internships are one of the company's largest pipelines for early career talent and ERIE is committed to growing diversity within its talent pool. Our commitment to celebrating and valuing diversity continues, and our internship program is an extension of that. We're widening our talent pipeline by strengthening relationships with historically Black colleges and universities across ERIE's footprint and working with ERIE's affinity networks and DEI leadership to help further reach diverse candidates, Once our interns are hired, we also provide them with multiple opportunities to engage with our company's DEI and community outreach teams and encourage them to become active in ERIE's nine employee affinity networks during their internship with us,said O'Camb. In 2022, more than 100 ERIE interns worked in ERIE's IT, Underwriting, Risk Control, Actuarial, Data, Sales & Marketing, Claims, Corporate Services, Customer Service, Finance, Accounting, Internal Audit, Investments and ERIE Experience departments. Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) is an industry group founded to help bridge the talent gap by recognizing and advancing the best young talent in the insurance industry. There is nothing more impactful to building the talent pipeline for the Insurance Industry than our internships, Companies can test drive talent, learn from fresh perspectives, expose young professionals to their brand, foster leadership in current employees, and the list goes on. Interns gain real world experience, learn about their strengths and weaknesses and gauge whether a job or industry is the right career for them,read an announcement of the annual list from RISE. About Erie Insurance According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 11th largest homeowners insurer, 13th largest automobile insurer and 13th largest commercial lines insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written. Founded in 1925, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and the 19th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. Rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, ERIE has more than 6 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

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OneAmerica® Launches Variable Universal Life Insurance

OneAmerica | September 21, 2022

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Zurich Insurance Germany Selects Cognizant as Strategic IT Partner to Transform its General Insurance Application Landscape

Zurich Group Germany, Cognizant | July 07, 2022

Cognizant today announced that it has extended its relationship with Zurich Beteiligungs-AG, the German subsidiary of global insurance leader Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), to help Zurich Germany deliver more digital services offerings to its clients and partners. As part of the new multi-year agreement, Cognizant will work closely with Zurich Germany to simplify, modernize, and manage and maintain the insurer's enterprise application landscape in the General Insurance domain. The partnership will establish joint DevOps teams and is designed to extend Zurich Germany's artificial intelligence (AI), data, software engineering and cloud capabilities. By bringing together Zurich Germany's applications in its General Insurance domain under the joint management of inhouse IT and Cognizant as key strategic IT services provider, Zurich Germany is expected to reduce the total cost of ownership, speed up the time to market of new digital services and products, and lay the foundation for further digital and agile enablement of the enterprise. "Zurich is on an ongoing journey of 'accelerated digital evolution' to meet the rapidly changing needs of our customers and partners and creating a more intimate connection with them. Cognizant has proven itself as a knowledgeable and reliable strategic partner, and we look forward to further capitalizing on its industry expertise to help us advance our digital transformation," said Jens Becker, chief information officer, Zurich Germany. "Zurich is on an ongoing journey of 'accelerated digital evolution' to meet the rapidly changing needs of our customers and partners and creating a more intimate connection with them. Cognizant has proven itself as a knowledgeable and reliable strategic partner, and we look forward to further capitalizing on its industry expertise to help us advance our digital transformation," said Jens Becker, chief information officer, Zurich Germany. The new agreement builds on and significantly expands the two companies' existing agreement, under which Cognizant successfully implemented and manage and maintain Zurich's General Insurance products on Guidewire. "Innovative, forward-thinking clients like Zurich understand the importance of collaborating with a strategic IT partner to help them achieve their digital transformation and meet their business objectives," said Dr. Rolf Werner, head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Cognizant. "Cognizant is pleased to have been selected by Zurich to expand our successful collaboration, and we will apply our deep expertise in application modernization, development and maintenance, along with our in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry, to deliver even more value and help Zurich meet its customers' needs." About Zurich Group Germany Zurich Group Germany is part of the worldwide operating Zurich Insurance Group. With a premium income (2021) of about EUR 6.3 bn, investments of EUR 53 bn and about 4,500 employees, it is among the leading insurers in Germany with a wide range of property and life insurance products. Zurich offers innovative, powerful and sustainable products and solutions for insurance, prevention and risk management from a single source. Reflecting its purpose to 'create a brighter future together', Zurich aspires to be one of the most responsible and impactful businesses in the world. About Cognizant Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) engineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life. See how at www.cognizant.com or @cognizant.

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