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Honolulu - Decision Research Corp. introduced RateMaker Analyzer, which will be offered as an optional add-on tool for the vendor's V1STA RateMaker solution or as a stand-alone utility. The RateMaker Analyzer tool enables insurers and managing general agents to analyze their current books of business and perform "what if" tests of rate changes to determine the potential impact on their business. RateMaker Analyzer will be available with the release of Microsoft's SQL Server 2005.

Print Optimization

Lexington, Ky. - Exstream Software introduced AFP Compare, the newest product in the Exstream AFP Studio suite of print stream optimization software. Designed to support quality assurance and regression testing, AFP Compare enables visual comparisons of two AFP files side by side to verify output quality before production. Special features include the ability to mask areas from comparison, set color schemes to highlight differences, and zoom in and out.

Automated Underwriting

DubLin, Ireland - Allfinanz launched Release 3.5 of its xpertBridge Web-based, rules-driven automated underwriting solution. Release 3.5 provides enhancements to xpertBridge's Home Office environment, enabling companies to support 100 percent of their new business cases on a single platform, regardless of product or application submission method, according to Allfinanz.

Contact Management

Naperville, Ill. - Napersoft released version 3.2 of WebDemand360, a customer communications management software suite for call centers and Web-based, self-service applications. The suite now can service both on-demand call center correspondence needs as well as outbound pieces generated by the back office, and includes a quality review and control subsystem that enables managers to monitor and audit the effectiveness of their customer communications easily, Napersoft says.

XML Presentation

Moncton, New Brunswick - Whitehill Technologies unveiled Whitehill Layout Designer, the latest product in its portfolio of document composition and data transformation software. Whitehill Layout Designer is a user-friendly graphical interface for the creation of style sheets that control the presentation of XML data. The solution can be run as a stand-alone application or as a component of Whitehill < xml > Transport, the company's data conversion and distribution software.

Property Cost Data

Lake Forest. Calif. - Bluebook International introduced InsureBASE, the largest online single source of property replacement cost data, according to the vendor. InsureBase, which is built on Microsoft .NET technology, is capable of providing detailed property information in the form of an estimated replacement cost (ERC) report for nearly 91 percent of the nation's single-family residences, Bluebook claims.


Noida, India - HCL Technologies' Global Insurance Practice unveiled two new operational efficiency solutions. Insurance Business Enabler (IBzE) is a Java/J2EE framework of components and tools that enables insurers to introduce new Java applications quickly. It includes a Business Component Library that provides the blueprint to create new business solutions. And .NET Architect+ Framework enerates Microsoft .NET framework solutions based on a chosen architectural pattern (e.g., two-tier, three-tier, n-tier, MVC, etc.). The .NetArchitect+ Framework solution offers ease of development of Web-based services, rich standard run-time services and interlanguage-intermachine operability, HCL says. Additionally, it supports a variety of programming languages.

Business Rules

Irvine, Calif. - Portellus is responding to increased demand by launching the Portellus Decision Management solution for the insurance marketplace. The solution streamlines business operations companywide by acting as a centralized rule repository to drive multiple applications, achieve productivity gains and increase efficiencies.

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