SeeBeyond Platform To Support The ERIE’s Business Model of Distributing Insurance Products Exclusively Through Independent Agents
MONROVIA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2002 – SeeBeyond (Nasdaq: SBYN), the leading global provider of eBI solutions, today announced that Erie Insurance Group (ERIE) has selected SeeBeyond as its preferred eBusiness Integration platform provider. The ERIE will utilize the SeeBeyond e*Gate Integrator solution as the foundation for its enterprise-wide eCommerce initiative. Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the world’s leading management consulting and technology services organization and a SeeBeyond alliance partner, was selected by ERIE to lead the implementation of the SeeBeyond platform. Announced by ERIE in March, the eCommerce initiative supports the insurer’s business model of distributing its products exclusively through independent agents.
As one of the leading property/casualty insurers in the United States, Erie Insurance Group has embarked on a five-year eCommerce plan focused on delivering a network of coordinated, efficient and convenient services for its agents, employees and policyholders. The comprehensive plan is aimed at helping The ERIE reach a new level in service capability. "This is a time of great opportunity for The ERIE," said John Sommerwerck, senior vice president & CIO for Erie Insurance Group. "The quality service capabilities of our agents and employees is what differentiates us from our competitors. By leveraging solutions such as the SeeBeyond platform, we will enhance our exceptional personal service, increase sales and retain hard-won business."
Utilizing the leading integration platform from SeeBeyond, ERIE will enable its commercial/personal lines policy systems to seamlessly integrate with a complete customer relationship management system, providing web access to more than 7500 independent agents. Initial releases will support policy initiation and product sales. Later releases will enhance access via the Internet, add convenience for policyholders and agents, and provide tools to employees to further streamline the claims process.
The alliance between SeeBeyond and Accenture provides The ERIE with both the technology strength of SeeBeyond and Accenture’s experience in implementing Web-enabled, integrated solutions that extend legacy systems in the insurance industry. As part of the initiative, Accenture will also help The ERIE adopt the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD) XML specifications.
"With a focus on providing the utmost in customer service in the most efficient manner possible, enabling the seamless flow of information across departmental and organizational boundaries is critical," said Frank Fallon, vice president of Financial Services for SeeBeyond. "It’s great see leading organizations, such as ERIE, one of the nation’s leading insurance companies, looking to SeeBeyond to help them enhance the way they interact and communicate."
About Erie Insurance Group
Erie Indemnity Company is the principal management company for the member companies of the Erie Insurance Group, which includes the Erie Insurance Exchange, Flagship City Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company, Erie Insurance Company of New York and Erie Family Life Insurance Company.
Known for competitive rates and superior service, Erie Insurance Group is a leading property/casualty insurer in the United States. With more than 3.2 million policies in force, Erie Insurance Group includes seven companies operating in 11 states and the District of Columbia and is rated A++ (superior) by A.M. Best Company. Erie Indemnity Company (NASDAQ - ERIE) is the management company for Erie Insurance Group. Headquartered in Erie, Pa. since 1925, the ERIE provides auto, home, business and life insurance through more than 7,500 independent agents representing more than 1,500 agencies. For more information and a listing of independent agents representing The ERIE in your community, visit the company’s Web site at www.erieinsurance.com.
As the leading global provider of eBI* solutions, SeeBeyond (Nasdaq: SBYN) enables the seamless flow of information within and among enterprises in real time. The SeeBeyond eBI Suite offers a rapidly deployable and infinitely scalable infrastructure for seamless application integration, dynamic business-to-business connectivity and robust business processes optimization. SeeBeyond has more than 1,575 customers worldwide, including ABB, ABN Amro, Barnes & Noble.com, Bausch & Lomb, BHP/Billiton, DuPont, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Daniel, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer and Sprint. Key global business and technology consulting partners include Accenture, EDS, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, KPMG Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers and answerthink. Software partners include BroadVision, Onyx Software, Oracle, SAP and Siebel Systems.
SeeBeyond has global headquarters in Monrovia, Calif. and sales and marketing headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif. For more information, please visit www.seebeyond.com.
Accenture is the world’s leading management and technology services organization. Through its network of businesses approach — in which the company enhances its consulting and outsourcing expertise through alliances, affiliated companies and other capabilities — Accenture delivers innovations that help clients across all industries quickly realize their visions. With more than 75,000 people in 47 countries, the company generated net revenues of $11.44 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2001. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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