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

DLG 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.”

Regulatory uncertainty drives insurers towards more agile hosted technology

  • 55% of insurers see hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) technology as a way to cope with fast changing regulatory requirements
  • Insurers turning their backs on large-scale core IT system implementation programmes in favour of more agile, quick-to-deploy solutions, says SSP
  • 82% would consider deploying SaaS (whether throughout all business lines, on major lines, in niche / orphan lines or as a test)

Insurer adoption of cloud hosted ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) technology is set to grow as a response to unprecedented regulatory change, according to new research from insurance technology specialist, SSP. 82% of insurers are considering deploying SaaS technology within their business in some form, with 55% citing its ability to enable them to respond to regulatory changes as the overall the most recognised benefit.

The research, which surveyed 94 senior insurance decision makers and insurance IT professionals, also found that insurers see SaaS as a way of making their businesses more nimble.  Just under half of insurers see cost reductions (48%) and increased product speed to market (47%) among the benefits of SaaS technology. This is possible because SaaS technology moves insurers away from costly ‘on premise’ installations to a more rapidly deployable, externally hosted and managed model.

There are strong indications that SaaS is becoming more mainstream solution across the industry. Amongst insurers considering implementing SaaS, more than half (59%) said they would across their whole business, compared to 34% who would consider deploying the technology across selected niche or orphan business lines.

However, some insurers remain concerned about a perceived loss of control in moving their software to a SaaS model with a quarter (27%) of respondents saying this is a barrier to adoption. SSP believes that the flexibility provided by SaaS solutions will swing opinion in the long term and expects 80% of its insurance policy administration clients to move to a SaaS model by 2020. 

Stephen Lathrope, Chief Customer Officer at SSP said:
“Insurers tell us again and again that they need their IT systems to be able to respond more quickly to changing demands on their businesses and enable them to take advantage of emerging market opportunities. Compared to traditional “on premise” systems which typically involve expensive and time consuming development and installation, SaaS-based solutions provide new and enhanced capabilities more rapidly and at lower cost.  By having these capabilities delivered to them via specialist providers, insurers can focus their time and money more on innovation within their business, and less on keeping their technology up to date.

“This approach is particularly useful when dealing with the level of change that we see resulting for the current regulatory climate. Insurers have been grappling with Flood Re, changes in the Insurance Premium Tax and the Competition and Markets Authority’s reforms to motor insurance to name just a few. Having these changes handled for them by their service provider reduces the level of distraction within their own teams, enabling them to focus on competing in the marketplace”.