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Partner Platform has Announced a Partnership with ePayPolicy

SIS, ePayPolicy | June 02, 2021

Now independent insurance agents using Strategic Insurance Software's Partner Platform agency management system can easily take digital payments making it convenient, simple, and secure for their insureds to pay premiums directly from the agency website, client portal, or agency mobile app.

"Enhancing and improving our agency clients' ability to serve their insureds through technology is that the focus of the Partner Platform," said Bryce Lee, Director of Product Management for SIS. "We search for insurance technologies that complement Partner's innovative 'digital client experience' tools, including state-of-the-art client portal and mobile app. ePayPolicy may be a great example, through their system our clients' insureds can make payments regardless of where they're, or once they got to submit their payment."

"Consumer demand for easy, paperless payments has been growing for decades, and our industry is now catching up to what's been standard practice in most other industries," said Todd Sorrel, one of ePayPolicy's founders. "In the same way that modern management systems like Partner Platform just 'make sense,' we believe ongoing, integrated digital payments also make sense, because it makes life easier for everyone involved, not just the insured."

With this integration, ePayPolicy joins a growing list of "Partner Allies" that provide products and services which work together with the Partner Platform agency management system to enhance the independent agency's capacity to retain, grow, and service clients. These relationships are more than integrations – they are commitments from like-minded vendors collaborating to serve mutual clients and leveraging diverse strengths to enhance the experience of our agencies.

About SIS
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Strategic Insurance Software (SIS) is the team behind Partner Platform -- the agency management system that sets independent agents free from the established order of over-paying and under-utilizing their agency software. "Partner" is more than a name – it's who we are

About ePayPolicy
Built by insurance professionals for the insurance industry, ePayPolicy is on a mission to replace paper checks for all agency billing. By offering a convenient, secure solution for independent agencies, brokers, MGAs, and premium finance companies, ePayPolicy is transforming how the independent insurance industry collects payments and sends funds.

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Data has always been an important asset in the insurance industry, which is largely built on algorithms and financial models. Today, that is truer than ever before. Data can be analyzed to provide insurers with deeper business insights and the ability to target the right customers through the right channels with the right offerings in the right sequence. It also has opened the door to a growing group of digital natives and insurtechs that bring innovative ideas and solutions to help accelerate and improve the customer journey. Today, the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing the importance of data across the industry. AI is widely recognized for its potential to bring greater efficiency and innovation to the entire insurance value chain, from customer acquisition to claims processing, and for all stakeholders, including customers, agents and employees. However, effective AI depends on current, accurate and relevant data. AI is key to competitiveness, and data is key to AI.

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