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Innovation Group’s Innovation Insurer software has been revalidated for IBM’s Insurance Industry Framework following a sequence of testing at IBM’s laboratory at Hursley.

In 2009 Innovation Group was the first independent software vendor (ISV) to be validated as part of IBM’s Insurance Industry Framework. According to Innovation Group, the revalidation reinforces the benefits of Innovation Insurer’s robust service-oriented architecture (SOA) and its ability to deliver improved agility, competitiveness, productivity and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

Testing was on the IBM® POWER® processor-based platform and IBM WebSphere® Application Server to support Innovation customers and Innovation Group's BPO businesses using Insurer. The results were impressive, with Insurer running at least three times faster or more depending on the server, continuing a long-standing commitment to scalability and responsiveness.

"Our re-validation by IBM of Innovation Insurer, the performance testing and the upgrade of our BPO businesses demonstrates the power, flexibility and agility of Innovation Insurer," said Ian Bowen, UK Sales Director for Innovation Group. "While many in the industry say their solutions are SOA based, the real test of SOA is the combination of implementation, validation and ability to rapidly upgrade as we have recently demonstrated with our Enterprise programme."

Enterprise, the implementation of the Innovation Insurer suite into Innovation Group's BPO businesses, is an important foundation for Innovation Group’s strategy and internal development program. The BPO businesses in France and Spain, supporting over 100 companies in a SaaS environment, recently upgraded to version 7, highlighting the power of Insurer's robust SOA application with an extensive library of granular services that enables integration and speeds delivery.

Innovation Insurer was recognised by Celent with four XCelent Awards for functionality, technology and customer base for Insurer Policy and Celent’s Model Insurer Award for Insurer Policy, Insurer Claims and Insurer Analytics. Additionally, Innovation Insurer received a VIP award for Insurer Claims and Insurer Analytics, and an Insurance IT RAVE award for Insurer Claims.

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About The Innovation Group plc:

The Innovation Group plc (LSE: TIG.L) is a global provider of business process outsourcing and software solutions to the insurance, fleet, automotive and property industries. Innovation Group provides contact centres, repair networks, process management, supply chain and technology operations and decision support analytics to support accident management, repair and estimation and claims management services. Innovation Group has over 800 global clients including AXA Insurance, RSA, Encompass, Esurance, Hertz, CNA, Main Street America Group, American Modern Insurance Group, LeasePlan, The Ford Motor Company, Aviva, Toyota and Zurich. The Group processes more than 4 million claims per year with 20 per cent direct claims cost saving achieved. Innovation Group's 2,300 people are located in the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain and United States.

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