SOURCE: AMS Services

March 23, 2007 09:06 ET

AMS 360 Fastest Growing Online Agency Management System

New Version Includes Renewal Management, Improved Workflow and Third-Party Integration

BOTHELL, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 -- AMS Services, the leader in insurance agency automation, today announced that AMS 360® adoption grew by 67 percent in the last year, surpassing its other online agency management solutions. More than 16,000 users have realized the productivity gains of moving to AMS 360, a proven management system that provides a single, comprehensive view of an agency to maximize profitability and minimize risk. The latest release of AMS 360 seeks to improve agency efficiency and productivity even further with advancements in renewal management, workflow and integration with external systems.

"AMS 360 is our fastest growing agency management system and is now our most popular online solution," said Bill Bunker, senior vice president of products and marketing, AMS Services. "The tremendous growth can be attributed to the benefits it offers our customers. They are seeing results so they are making the move to AMS 360."

New Features Improve Efficiency Even Further

Independent agents continuously look for ways to maintain and grow their business while improving profitability. One way to achieve this goal is through proactively managing renewals. The new renewal management feature in AMS 360 is a specialized workflow that streamlines the process. Instead of working from a paper report, the electronic renewal list shows the current stage for each policy making it more efficient to keep and renew business. Managers and customer service representatives can see at a glance what the current stage is for each policy on the list and can assign users at any time during the process.

"With the renewal management feature in AMS 360, everything is electronic and automatically saved in the system, including comments and edits," said J. Brad Bruening, president of Bruening Insurance. "After just one month, we've eliminated the paper document that used to pass from person to person. The renewal management feature simplified the process and saved us a lot of time."

This release of AMS 360 also offers a new Web Service application programming interface (API). This architecture provides secure access for other systems to import and export data directly from AMS 360. For example, an agency could build a special Web site for their clients to view and update their contact information. The information would then directly flow into the AMS 360 database. The Web Service API also provides access to data that may be used for enhanced reporting or data analysis.

In conjunction with the availability of the new API, AMS 360 now seamlessly interfaces with third-party document management solutions. Document360 directly links to documents and workflows in third-party solutions so users can manage documents efficiently without clicking between applications or systems.

Additionally, AMS 360 features new workflow improvements -- including the ability to filter lists by employee, vendor, company and broker based on the user's business unit -- and navigation enhancements that include a locked down navigation bar to enhance page scrolling and information views.

About AMS Services

AMS Services, a division of Vertafore, Inc., is dedicated to helping independent insurance agencies achieve maximum performance and operational efficiency. The company 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 more than 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 and AMS 360 are trademarks of Vertafore, Inc. The names of actual companies, business units and products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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