Duck Creek Technologies and CogniSure | September 15, 2022
CogniSure Submission Ingestion API allows commercial insurance carriers quicker access to risk insights buried in submission emails and attachments such as Loss Runs and SOVs.
CogniSure AI, an Illinois-based corporation, has entered into partnership with market-leading insurance software provider Duck Creek Technologies, which allows insurance companies to exponentially gain underwriting efficiencies while enhancing their risk decision-making capabilities. CogniSure AI's algorithms extract data from complex submission documents such as applications, schedules, SOVs and loss runs into structured formats and further derive risk insights for underwriter consumption. Duck Creek customers can easily integrate CogniSure AI's Submission Ingestion APIs through its Marketplace.
With ever-increasing risk complexity and customer expectations, it's important that underwriters focus their time on risk assessment and nurturing relationships rather than manually extracting and aggregating data buried in PDF/Excel documents attached to submissions.
PropertyCasualty360 reported that commercial insurers receive roughly 100 million submissions each year; as such, underwriters are extremely selective as to which risks they are willing to work. A majority of the commercial submissions come in emails, and unstructured data is one of the biggest challenges to digitization of commercial underwriting operations.
"Unstructured Data ingestion is a big challenge for property and casualty (P&C) insurance carriers, and we are excited to have CogniSure AI join the Duck Creek solution partner ecosystem. CogniSure AI drives significant operational efficiencies and helps underwriters make better risk decisions by providing access to data that is buried in unstructured documents."
- Robert Fletcher, Head of Global Partnerships at Duck Creek
Sai Raman, Founder & CEO, CogniSure, said, We're really excited to roll out our submission intake solution for Duck Creek customers. We believe it's a tremendous opportunity to complement the Duck Creek platform and drive the automation of underwriting submission processes. We have invested significantly to pre-train our solution through large volumes of insurance documents such as loss runs and schedules to make it production ready and deliver best-in-class precision and responsiveness.
About Duck Creek Technologies
Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand.
The CogniSure AI platform provides actionable insights from unstructured data buried in insurance documents such as submissions, loss runs, policies, and schedules. Created by insurance professionals, CogniSure goes beyond data extraction and provides unrivaled insights to address the complexity of insurance document processing.
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Brown &amp; Brown, Inc. | September 14, 2022
J. Scott Penny, chief acquisitions officer of Brown & Brown, Inc., and Scott Smithwick and Chris Smithwick, today announced that Brown & Brown of Massachusetts, Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc., has acquired substantially all of the assets of Smithwick & Mariners Insurance, MidCoast Insurance and Chapman & Chapman Insurance (collectively, Smithwick & Mariners).
Originally founded in 1987 to service the marine industry (marinas, yacht clubs, boat builders, fishing vessels, tug operations and yachts), Smithwick & Mariners has evolved its capabilities to provide innovative risk solutions to business owners and individuals throughout Maine and greater New England. The Smithwick & Mariners companies are led by Scott Smithwick and Chris Smithwick. Following the acquisition, the Smithwick & Mariners team will continue doing business from their existing offices in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire and will operate within Brown & Brown’s Retail segment. Scott and Chris will continue to lead the team and will report to Don McGowan, a regional president in Brown & Brown’s Retail segment.
“The Smithwick & Mariners companies are recognized in Maine and throughout New England for their experience and industry knowledge in the commercial fishing, marine and personal yacht space. Scott, Chris and their dedicated team have a long and mutually successful relationship with their carriers, allowing them to deliver best-in-class insurance solutions to their customers. We are confident we share the same culture of customer-first solutions and are excited to welcome them to the Brown & Brown team.”
Scott Smithwick stated, The Smithwick & Mariners team is excited to be partnering with a firm like Brown & Brown who shares the same level of commitment to its customers, carriers and employees that we have for the past 35 years. We are very confident that this partnership will help to further strengthen Smithwick & Mariners’ product offering and level of service to both our marine and non-marine related customers.
About Brown & Brown, Inc.
Brown & Brown, Inc. is a leading insurance brokerage firm, delivering risk management solutions to individuals and businesses since 1939. With over 14,500 teammates in 450+ locations worldwide, we are committed to providing innovative strategies to help protect what our customers value most.
Breeze and Appalachian Underwriters | September 05, 2022
Breeze, the insurtech simplifying how disability insurance is bought and sold, announced today a new partnership with leading insurance wholesaler Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI).
Health-licensed agents and brokers partnered with AUI can now use Breeze's turnkey disability insurance platform to rapidly scale income protection sales. Breeze's proprietary technology makes it possible to quote disability insurance in seconds and submit client applications in minutes – entirely online.
Breeze also handles case management, making this new partnership a low-strain, high-growth opportunity for AUI's partner agents.
"Whether you're focused on home, auto, health or life insurance sales, income protection is a natural next conversation for agents and advisors. We're thrilled that Appalachian Underwriters has selected Breeze to power their disability income insurance offerings, and we look forward to supporting their agents,"
- Colin Nabity, CEO & co-founder of Breeze
AUI has an impressive network of around 30,000 insurance agencies comprising roughly 70,000 agents. It was recently ranked the fifth largest MGA in the country by Business Insurance.
We're extremely excited to partner with Breeze to continue our mission to support our agents and agency partners with diverse new product solutions and tools that increase efficiency, After seeing strong success with our recent entrance into the life insurance space, the partnership with Breeze is perfect to represent AUI's first voyage into the health market,said William Chambers, Director of Digital Partnerships at Appalachian Underwriters.
With AUI already having strong commercial P&C and workers' compensation lines, disability insurance through Breeze should fit nicely into the wholesaler's newly-launched health business. Small business owners and employees could find financial peace of mind in disability insurance that protects their income against injuries and illnesses that happen on and off the job.
Breeze currently offers two long-term disability insurance products, short-term disability insurance, and critical illness insurance. AUI's health-licensed agents and brokers can seamlessly and near-effortlessly offer any of these products to their clients via Breeze's simple online platform that uses predictive analytics to expedite underwriting.
Despite the average employee being 3.5 times more likely to need disability insurance instead of life insurance during their career, just 14% of consumers own disability insurance due to an overly-complex application process that has kept both buyers and sellers away.
Breeze has simplified disability insurance and is now uniquely-positioned to be the leader in an untapped market. The partnership with Appalachian Underwriters is a major step towards making disability insurance accessible for a range of workers.
Breeze is an online insurance broker simplifying how disability and critical illness insurance are bought and sold. Leveraging industry expertise and innovative technology, our team is building a better way to distribute income protection insurance for life's most financially vulnerable moments like cancer, depression, and bad accidents. Policies offered through Breeze replace a portion of a policyholder's regular income and can be used to help with large medical bills, mortgage payments, groceries, and more. Breeze currently offers long-term disability insurance, short-term disability insurance, and critical illness insurance.
About Appalachian Underwriters
Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) is a full-service MGA and wholesale insurance brokerage, providing independent agents a national outlet to multiple specialized markets for workers' compensation, commercial, life, and personal lines of insurance. Appalachian Underwriters is wholly owned by Acrisure, LLC.