Guidewire | May 06, 2021
Guidewire Software, Inc., the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently, today announced the availability of Guidewire's Usage-Based Insurance Solution. Planned in view of speed, the UBI Solution can be deployed inside 12 weeks and supports the start to finish insurance lifecycle including quote, billing, and automated claims consumption.
Forrester Research projects usage-based insurance policies to grow 50 percent in 2021.1 “Increasing appetite for usage-based insurance (UBI) in personal auto will drive insurers to rethink how they help customers discover and use auto insurance,” wrote Jeffery Williams, senior analyst, Forrester Research in a recent blog post. “COVID-19 has ushered in a new paradigm where consumers are more conscious about price transparency. That will result in strong new business growth across the sector.”2
Accessible exclusively on Guidewire Cloud, Guidewire's UBI solution accelerates deployment with a prebuilt package of capabilities, services, and mixes with Guidewire PartnerConnect Solution partners, Cambridge Mobile Telematics and TrueMotion for telematics.
"Personal lines insurers want to offer UBI as fast as possible to their customers, and with Guidewire they can in just a few months,” said Eugene Lee, senior vice president and general manager, Guidewire. “Guidewire’s UBI Solution was informed by our experience with multiple UBI-specific deployments, and unlike other offerings that focus only on product definition, the solution is designed to support the entire quote-to-claim lifecycle.”
One of those UBI deployments was at CAA Insurance Company, Canada’s largest not-for-profit automobile association. “As the pandemic continues, so do the financial hardships faced by many households," said Matthew Turack, president of CAA Insurance Company. “In response, we quickly launched a new MyPace product using Guidewire to help our customers who were working from home save on auto insurance costs. Our customers appreciated our responsiveness and sales have exceeded our expectations with a 300 percent year-over-year increase in new auto policy sales and 72 percent increase in new customers.” CAA has been an in-production InsuranceSuite customer since 2012.
Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. We combine digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 400 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire. As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record, with 1,000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our marketplace provides hundreds of applications that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.
PCMI Corporation, Equality Asset Management | January 21, 2021
PCMI (Policy Claims Management International), a main supplier of administration software for the automotive, consumer and industrial warranty and service management markets reported its first equity investment from Boston-based growth equity firm, Equality Asset Management, and Chicago-based, First Analysis. Financial terms were not revealed.
PCMI offers a cutting edge set-up of software answers for policy administration, claims management, risk management and the financial management of insurance products. PCMI's clients incorporate driving unique hardware makers, outsider heads, self-overseers and guarantors who offer and oversee warranties, service contracts and other account and insurance products. Since beginning, PCMI's software has been utilized to direct in excess of 50 million strategies and cycle in excess of 23 million claims.
"In 2012, I saw the opportunity to introduce a modern, purpose-built software to a market that was underserved. Since then, we have worked tirelessly on our mission to build the most comprehensive administration platform in the market. Our passion for technology and commitment to continuous improvement has led us to become a leader in our industry," said Mark Nagelvoort, President & CEO of PCMI. "Equality Asset Management has a track record of investing in SaaS based companies within high growth markets and can provide operational expertise that will allow us to accelerate our growth initiatives. Their support will be invaluable as we continue to make innovations on our platform and expand product capabilities to meet the evolving business needs of our customers. I'm thrilled we have them as a trusted partner as we enter this exciting new phase of our journey."
"Mark and the leadership team and employees of PCMI have built a remarkable company. Their focus on product, deep understanding of their customers and markets and culture of innovation have been core to their success," said Jeff Del Papa, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Equality Asset Management. "The market for warranty administration software is in an attractive upgrade cycle and PCMI is very well positioned with a complete, modern platform. We're excited to work alongside this experienced team and to support PCMI's expansion."
"PCMI is the demonstrated category leader, consistently delivering essential, high value solutions to customers. As consumer demands evolve, the need for flexible software will continue to increase across the F&I value chain," added Oscar Loynaz, Vice President at Equality.
With this investment, PCMI will proceed with its emphasis on item extension and client acquisition in North America and internationally.
About PCMI Corporation
PCMI offers a modular package of software solutions for the administration of F&I Products, Service Contracts, and Extended Warranties. PCMI's SaaS platform, Policy Claim and Reporting Solutions™ (PCRS), supports and automates the full lifecycle of all aftermarket products and provides the most flexible environment for administrators, insurers, OEM's, agents, and dealers to launch new products. Our global team enables continuous around-the-clock innovation and customer-focused support.
About Equality Asset Management
Equality Asset Management is a growth-focused private equity firm. Equality provides equity capital and strategic and operating support to companies with long-term growth potential in the technology and tech-enabled healthcare sectors. With decades of investment experience and operating experience, the firm has earned a reputation for value-creation, serving as steadfast partners to Founders and CEOs. Equality is based in Boston.
First Analysis went about as the elite financial advisor to PCMI for the exchange. Winston and Strawn LLP went about as legal advisor to PCMI. Goodwin Procter LLP went about as legal advisor to Equality Asset Management.
EY | July 14, 2021
EY today announced a partnership between Fadata, a leading software provider specializing in core insurance operational platforms, and Ernst & Young LLP (EY UK) to assist insurance companies in driving improved business performance through technology transformation that provides an end-to-end digital experience.
The partnership combines EY UK's insurance sector experience and expertise in enabling large-scale business and technology changes with Fadata's core insurance operational technology. EY UK and Fadata teams will use INSIS, Fadata's insurance process platform, to assist insurers in developing flexible and innovative products, bringing them to market faster, and distributing and servicing them via new digital channels. In addition, teams from EY UK and Fadata's INSIS will assist insurance companies in various business areas, including company management, insurance product lifecycle, and customer journey.
Insurance companies are under increasing pressure to prioritize technological advancements to promote company growth, enhance operational efficiency, and satisfy industry standards and regulatory requirements. According to NextWave Insurance: personal lines and small commercial, 37% of European customers would switch insurance if they did not provide cutting-edge technology. Insurance businesses can leverage a single platform for the different kinds of insurance services they provide to customers, such as life, pensions, non-life, and health, by working with EY UK and Fadata teams. In addition, the alliance assists insurers in providing scalable and agile platforms, which support broader business benefits for insurers such as cost efficiencies, automating processes to increase productivity, implementing standardized approaches to compliance, and modernizing outdated legacy systems and technology infrastructure.