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edgeConnect brings new levels of agility to overcome legacy system barriers

Hungerford, UK – 1st October, 2008 – edge IPK, the leader in SOA presentation layer technology, today announced that Allianz Insurance plc, one of the largest general insurers in the UK, has selected the edgeConnect open presentation platform to deliver commercial SME insurance products to its brokers and for internal branch and head office use. The edgeConnect technology will replace the existing Allianz Quick Quote on-line facility with a more modern and dynamic user experience, allowing Allianz to provide a wider range of products with broker specific information and branding, with the goal of making their new portal the site of choice for brokers. This development will also facilitate the continued development of Allianz products on the imarket portal..

Within its overall goal of reducing IT complexity and increasing efficiency, edgeConnect will compliment Allianz’s existing IT infrastructure to gain a greater level of flexibility in its ability to roll out and customise new products. Using edgeConnect, Allianz will be able to deliver services to the end-user faster and in a more intuitive, customised fashion, improving the overall customer experience and leading to greater volumes of transactions being completed via existing and emerging channels.

In addition the platform allows Allianz to create tailored, white-label presentations for individual broker organisations, further enhancing the user experience and the insurer to form stronger channel relationships.

“Our online presence is absolutely vital to the way in which we are viewed as a business by customers, partners and investors, so it is critical that the online tools we make available today are customer centric and sustainable over the longer term.. The stability of Allianz Group coupled with the development of new technologies creates an exciting and robust proposition for our customers and reaffirms our commitment to be a Trusted Partner.,” said Chris Hanks, General Manager Commercial Lines, Allianz. “edge IPK has provided us with a powerful solution that integrates with our existing IT development strategy, which is easy to manage alongside our IT infrastructure and will support our flexible platform for both internal and external usage, systems integration in this manner is key to our continual improvement strategy. .

The SME insurance lines that are affected by the move include retail, office, contractors, property and flat owners, and commercial combined.

“edgeConnect is a multi-faceted platform that can not only provide insurers with the ability to better serve their various channels, but also acts as a launch pad from which new products and services can very easily be rolled out,” commented Mike Williams, CEO, edge IPK. “Allianz is a prime example of an industry leader that wants to remain at the forefront of the market from both a technological and service perspective and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship further with them in the future.”

About edge IPK
edge IPK delivers innovative business process solutions based on Open Presentation Platform (OPP). The company’s mission is to become the leading international provider of OPP, bringing business and IT together.

Through its flagship product, edgeConnect, edge IPK aims to significantly reduce the development time and cost of building front-end applications.

edge IPK accelerates business evolution, by enabling organisations to rapidly develop and manage business applications to support multiple users interfaces and presentations through a single process. The company helps its clients to develop software applications using a ‘write once, publish many times’ model.

The company has extensive experience in financial services, with a blue chip customer base, which includes ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Towergate Partnership and
Zurich Financial Services. Further information can be found at www.edgeIPK.com

About Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance is one of the UK’s leading general insurers and part of the Global Allianz Group, one of the world’s leading financial services providers with a presence in more than 70 countries world-wide, servicing more than 80 million customers. Allianz Insurance is able to offer customers a wide range of products including home, motor and a comprehensive portfolio of commercial and specialist insurance solutions.

For more information on please contact:

Matthew Cross
Account Director
AxiCom
matthew.cross@axicom.com
+44 (0) 208 392 4079

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