Ageas becomes third insurer to adopt SSP’s live integrated web chat service

SSP today announces that Ageas has become the third leading insurer to go live with the Polaris imarket live-chat service on its commercial e-trade platform. This follows hot on the heels of the addition of AXA to the live-chat panel last month, and the launch with Allianz Insurance earlier this year. A number of other insurers are due to implement it shortly.

SSP’s brokers can use the integrated web chat functionality to communicate in real-time with underwriters at the three insurers at any stage of the buying process without leaving the SSP application. Being able to obtain answers quickly and easily to questions about products and rates encourages brokers to continue placing business through the e-trade channel.

With integrated e-trading, client information is keyed in once, removing the errors and omissions that occur when data is re-keyed several times, as well as providing significant time and efficiency savings. The addition of a third insurer to the panel means SSP’s brokers will benefit from even greater efficiencies, freeing further time for them to focus on their customers’ needs.

Ron Atkinson, Distribution Director at SSP said:
“I am delighted to welcome Ageas as the latest leading insurer to join our live-chat platform. The expansion of our panel is testament to SSP’s revitalised approach and commitment to the commercial lines market, and our drive to increase adoption of commercial e-trading.”

Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations at Ageas said:
“We are continually looking to review and refine the e-trading service Ageas provides to brokers. Enabling brokers to communicate with us through this integrated web chat functionality makes it easier for them to do business with us and meet consumer demands for a speedy service.”

Masawara Insurance Group drives digital strategy with SSP Pure Insurance

Insurance technology specialist SSP has signed a new deal with the Masawara Group of insurance companies. The deal has seen SSP Pure Insurance deployed across Botswana Insurance Company Limited, Lion Assurance Company Limited and Zimnat Lion Insurance Company Limited in multiple African territories, all of which are now live.

SSP Pure Insurance is a flexible, end-to-end core insurance system, which provides Masawara Insurance Group with the full-cycle policy administration, finance, claims, reinsurance and MI/BI reporting capabilities it needs to drive future growth.

The enterprise solution will also provide Masawara Insurance Group with a web-based employee portal and a broker portal, which will make it easier for brokers to do business with the three insurers through online e-trading.

Adrian Coupland, Customer and Marketing Managing Director at SSP, said:
“I am delighted that SSP has extended its partnership with Masawara Insurance Group.

“With our existing customers Botswana Insurance Company Limited and Lion Assurance Company Limited, and their sister company Zimnat Lion Insurance Company Limited, all live on our market-leading platform, they can benefit from a consolidated solution with best practice configuration and proactive support from the experienced team in our South African office.”

Mustafa Sachak, Chief Executive Officer at Masawara Insurance Group said:
“SSP Pure Insurance gives us a future-proof enterprise solution with the capability and flexibility for us to be self-sufficient, as well as centralised reporting and intelligence for the data across all three insurers.

“SSP has over 30 years’ knowledge and experience of the African general insurance market, and has delivered the same SSP Pure Insurance package to more than 50 short-term insurers. This gives us the confidence that we have adopted a proven solution that has benefitted from $7.2m of R&D investment over the last three years.”

Stanley Mazorodze, Managing Director at Zimnat Lion Insurance Company Limited said:
“We are committed to making a real difference to the lives of Zimbabweans through providing superior products and customer service.

“By adopting SSP Pure Insurance, we have not only implemented a proven functionality-rich platform designed specifically for the short-term insurance market, but can also benefit from SSP’s constant investment in its technology, service and people. As a result, we have the capabilities and support necessary to make our clients’ lives better today and in the future as the market changes.”

L&G partners with SSP to transform its customer journey

Legal & General has partnered with SSP to launch SmartQuote, an innovative new digital solution that meets the needs of today’s insurance customers by making it quicker and simpler to buy home insurance.

While traditional quote forms require consumers to answer numerous questions they often don’t have accurate information for, SmartQuote uses SSP Intelligent Quotes Hub (IQH) to take full advantage of the vast quantity of digital data sources available to streamline and simplify the customer journey.

As a sophisticated whole of market product rating and quotation solution, SSP IQH provides a single point of data integration for the internal and third-party data sources Legal & General requires to generate a binding customer quote, with the customer only needing to input their postcode and type of cover required.

As the information used comes from official sources, rather than customer estimates, the price accurately reflects the real individual risk posed.

Adrian Coupland, Customer and Marketing Managing Director at SSP said:
“The deployment of SmartQuote is a major milestone for SSP and will be truly transformational in the market.

“Time-poor consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated at having to answer pages of questions to get an insurance quote. By utilising the ever-increasing amount of data available about people and risks, SmartQuote produces an informed and precise evaluation quickly with minimum customer effort.

“As the number of data sources continues to grow and grow, all these can be fed into SSP IQH to produce optimum results.”

David Robertson, Director of Digital Transformation at Legal & General said:
“We are looking to significantly grow our GWP in the next year through the implementation of new digital solutions. With SmartQuote providing a hassle-free way to purchase policies, it will make insurance more accessible to consumers, and will form the centrepiece of our targeted growth.

“As SmartQuote also makes it easier for our distribution partners to offer insurance quotes, it will drive opportunities across the direct, broker and affinity markets.”

SSP appoints Steve Lathrope as CEO

SSP today announces the appointment of Steve Lathrope as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). SSP co-founder Laurence Walker, who has been leading the company since 2007, will resume the position of Executive Chairman.

Steve joined SSP in 2011 as Managing Director of the Insurer Division, with responsibility for more than 120 insurance company and MGA customers worldwide. Ahead of his appointment to the role of CEO, he was promoted to Chief Customer Officer and then latterly Group Managing Director. Before joining SSP, Steve spent 19 years with Accenture as a partner in the global Insurance practice, consulting with a wide range of insurance companies in the UK and globally and advising on business and technology change.

Steve Lathrope said:
“This is an exciting time for SSP and I’m delighted to be moving into the CEO role. The whole SSP team is proud of the role we play in supporting the business operations of our 1,000+ customers worldwide. My focus as CEO will be to continue to raise the bar with regard to the service we provide day-to-day, and the contribution we make to our customers’ innovation and growth.

“The pace of change in the insurance industry continues to increase, and the role of technology is more significant than ever. The investment we have been making in SSP’s software products and services is now being realised through the unique solutions we’re providing to our new and existing customers — including our new SSP digital insurance platform and recently launched SSP Broking.”

Laurence Walker said:
“Steve’s recruitment to SSP was a key part of our succession plan. I’m delighted by the development and growth he has helped our team deliver on the Insurer side of the business, and the role he has played in the wider business as Chief Customer Officer and Group Managing Director. I look forward to working with him as our new CEO, and to realising the full potential of SSP.

“We are 100% focused on our mission to be the best insurance software provider in the market. Under Steve’s leadership we will continue to enhance our products and services, put customers at the heart of what we do, and deliver our overall strategic plan.”

FBC Insurance to transform with SSP Pure Insurance

FBC Insurance has chosen to support the growth of its Zimbabwean general insurance business in line with its strategic objectives using SSP’s digital insurance platform, SSP Pure Insurance.

SSP Pure Insurance is a flexible end-to-end core insurance system for all lines of business and all channels. As a single solution with consistent best practice processes for policy administration, claims management, finance and credit control, as well as strong reporting MI, SSP Pure Insurance enables FBC Insurance to operate more efficiently and remain compliant with the stringent Zimbabwean regulatory environment.

With a sound insurance foundation in place, FBC Insurance can focus on its transformation from being an intermediated bancassurer and move into direct writing. Currently, a large proportion of business is driven through the FBC bancassurance sales force, and FBC Insurance now has a platform that will help it achieve exponential growth of its direct distribution.

As the direct market is maturing in Zimbabwe, the omni-channel support provided by SSP Pure Insurance puts FBC Insurance ahead of the curve, enabling it to push and hit the market.

Another key focus for FBC Insurance is diversification into the growing microinsurance market. With an insurance penetration rate of just 3.6% in Zimbabwe, there are significant opportunities for FBC Insurance to provide affordable products that match the needs of the currently excluded population. SSP Pure Insurance enables FBC Insurance to simplify the product design and development process, so it can respond more agilely to these market conditions.

Adrian Coupland, Customer and Marketing Managing Director at SSP, said:
“I am delighted that FBC Insurance is live on our digital insurance platform to support its objectives of growth, greater operational efficiency and risk control.

“Half of the top ten insurers in Zimbabwe use SSP’s software, and this is testament to our continued investment in supporting the territory without the need for reliance on third parties.”

Musa Bako, Managing Director at FBC Insurance, said:
“We needed a system that would enable us to achieve our growth and cost-cutting objectives. Investing in SSP, a technology partner with a broad footprint in the African and global markets, took the risk out of the decision-making process.

“In addition to its knowledge and experience of the Zimbabwean market, SSP demonstrated it has the financial stability to support our evolution over the long term.”

SSP and AXA provides brokers with live integrated web chat service

Insurance technology specialist SSP has partnered with AXA to provide brokers with greater access to the Polaris imarket live-chat service on its commercial e-trade platform. AXA is the second insurer to go live with this integrated web chat functionality, following the launch with Allianz Insurance earlier this year, and a number of other insurers are due to implement it in the near future.

The addition of AXA to the live-chat panel means SSP’s brokers can now discuss a quote in real-time with one of AXA’s digital underwriters at any stage of the buying process without leaving the SSP application. As the digital underwriters typically respond to queries in less than 20 seconds, it is a very efficient channel for brokers to get the instant trading support they need to continue placing the business.

The e-trade platform removes the need to re-key client information several times, reducing errors and omissions while providing significant time and efficiency savings. This frees brokers to spend more time with clients to deliver the bespoke advice and support they need.

Ron Atkinson, Distribution Director at SSP said:
“I am delighted to be expanding our live-chat service by making it available to our brokers through AXA.

“SSP is committed to serving the entire insurance market, across both commercial lines and personal lines business. Figures from AXA show that 92% of brokers rate its live-chat as good or excellent, so by enhancing this engagement between insurers and brokers, our integrated web chat functionality will encourage brokers to make greater use of this channel, driving adoption of commercial e-trading.”

Keychoice backs brokers with unique regional solution

Keychoice, the insurance distribution business owned by SSP, is creating the market’s first regional solution, bringing exciting new products and services to its broking community to help them win in the market.

This includes building new regional panels for personal lines and commercial lines business, with innovative new core products. Members will also benefit from a series of integrated add-on products, such as the Keychoice RAC fully integrated breakdown recovery scheme. Over 170 brokers have already signed up for this product, with some experiencing a resultant increase in sales of 25%.

Insurers who join the new Keychoice panels will have greater access to high street brokers, one of the most profitable channels in the UK insurance market. As Keychoice products are exclusively available through SSP, its unique position and make up mean its members write highly profitable business for insurers.

With all brokers using the same technology platform, Keychoice provides a holistic and continuous view of how they are trading. The meaningful insights generated mean insurers have the unique perspective required to understand the best brokers for particular business, fine tune their product performance and extend their trading footprint to new brokers and territories.

Brokers gain a significant competitive advantage from these enhanced-rated products, driving greater adoption. This, in turn, generates greater volumes of data, which enables further fine-tuning.

Ron Atkinson, Distribution Director at SSP, said:
“Keychoice has gone from strength to strength over the last three years, with an additional 40 brokers having already joined in 2017 and a further five signing up at our SSP Broking launch event.

“I am excited by the development of this unique solution that broadens our remit and further ensures our customers’ needs are at the heart of everything we do. As we continue to work with the industry, we are looking to engage with other insurers to deliver the most competitive products to help support our brokers.”

Direct Line Group chooses SSP Select Insurance as a Service for growth

Direct Line Group (DLG) - SSPDLG chooses to support its commercial insurance growth strategy using SSP’s digital insurance platform, SSP Select Insurance as a Service.

Insurance technology specialist SSP today announces a new five year contract with leading UK insurer Direct Line Group (DLG) to provide its SSP Select Insurance as a Service platform to support DLG’s plans for growth. SSP won the contract after an extensive competitive tender process.

SSP Select Insurance as a Service is a SaaS-based digital insurance platform that comprises a set of proven, integrated best of breed components that together provide powerful digital insurance capabilities to insurance companies, enabling them to build and deliver their products and services into the marketplace.

These platform components provide product build, pricing, data enrichment, aggregator integration, policy administration and customer self-service capabilities, as well as pre-application fraud prevention through SSP Verify. DLG will also benefit from SSP’s Intelligent Quotes Hub (IQH), the company’s next generation, whole of market quotation solution that provides powerful, user configurable risk selection, data enrichment and pricing capabilities.

The component options within the SSP solution are pre-integrated, meaning insurers can undertake a ‘low touch’ implementation that involves considerably less cost and effort than with traditional solutions, and get their insurance products live in the marketplace more rapidly.

The SaaS platform is implemented, hosted and managed by SSP, a model that drives a low up-front investment, along with flexible and low cost of ownership. It also contributes to the rapid implementation timeframe.

DLG will become the fourth leading UK insurer to adopt IQH to provide its Insurer Hosted Pricing capability for part of its business.

Jasvinder Gakhal, Director of Commercial Direct at Direct Line Group said:
“We are pleased to have selected SSP and its digital insurance platform to support areas of our Direct Line for Business growth strategy.  The platform enables us to launch new products quickly, monitor their performance, learn from the results and refine them on a cost-effective basis.”

Steve Lathrope, Group Managing Director, SSP said:
“We are proud to have been chosen by DLG and to be providing Select Insurance as a Service as a platform for growth.  We’ve designed the solution with innovation in mind, and are delighted to have a market leader using it to power its business.”