SOURCE: AMS Services

August 02, 2006 12:00 ET

AMS Services Increases Security and Customization With New Sagitta Offering

Sagitta 7.0 Provides Additional Flexibility and Security to Enterprise Customers

BOTHELL, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2006 -- AMS Services, a leading provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, today announced the general availability of AMS Sagitta® 7.0, an agency management system for larger agencies, bank-owned agencies and national brokers. This highly anticipated release delivers new security enhancements as well as additional flexibility and customization options to help agencies respond to increasing regulatory and security pressures. Currently, more than 60 percent of the top 100 brokers nationwide turn to AMS Services and its agency management systems.

Leading financial institutions and publicly traded insurance brokers are searching for customizable solutions that ensure regulatory compliance and protect their customers' data. AMS Sagitta 7.0 is designed to address these needs through the inclusion of role-based security, tighter control of system access, detailed login tracking, broader password options and menu access limitations. The new role-based security provides the option for users to have controlled access to specific system functions, such as invoicing, memo deletion and renewal management.

"As a long-time AMS Sagitta user, this latest version is one of the most dynamic enhancements to the program we have seen," said Allyne R. Miller, operations manager of Allen Lawrence & Associates, Inc. "Our agency is particularly pleased with the flexibility to add fields and pages to our system and the new simplified role-based security features."

Large insurance agents and brokers also demand a level of customization that goes well beyond the needs of the average insurance agency. To address these needs, AMS Sagitta 7.0 includes multiple enhancements that expand system configurability including:

--  Custom field and page creation
--  Simplified data extraction for reporting
--  Configurable quick-entry fields and defined vehicle pages to minimize
    system scrolling
--  Seamless integration to specific, updated ACORD® forms, as assigned
    
"The new security enhancements within AMS Sagitta 7.0 make it one of the most secure products on the market," said Bill Bunker, senior vice president of product management and marketing. "The enhancements have been built to address the ultra-conservative security practices of bank-owned insurance agencies."

Closely following the AMS Sagitta 7.0 release, several other significant product enhancements will be delivered to clients, including:

--  Integration with the AMS Prevail Network™, enabling AMS Sagitta
    connectivity with multiple premium finance companies
--  Integration with AMS Performance Analyzer™, a business intelligence
    solution for agencies
--  Enhanced integration with AMS Benefits™, including additional
    support features for the benefits product
--  AMS Web Services API
    
About AMS Services

AMS Services is dedicated to helping independent insurance agencies achieve maximum performance and operational efficiency. The business offers a comprehensive, insurance-specific solution for managing critical business activities, including agency management, rating, benefits, performance management and carrier connectivity. With more than 150,000 users in over 15,000 agencies, as well as 600 carrier partners, AMS Services is a proven market leader providing the strategy and scalability to help independent agencies excel now and in the future. For more information on AMS Services, please visit www.amsservices.com

AMS, Benefits, Performance Analyzer, Prevail Network and Sagitta are trademarks of Vertafore, Inc.

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