SOURCE: AMS Services

August 12, 2008 09:04 ET

AMS Prime Goes Online

Release Marks Major Milestone in Enhanced Operational Efficiencies for Small- and Mid-Sized Agencies

BOTHELL, WA--(Marketwire - August 12, 2008) - AMS Services, a leader in insurance agency automation, today announced the release of AMS Prime Online, a hosted version of AMS Prime. This agency management system is ideal for smaller sized agencies and is easy-to-use and flexible. By going online, agencies will see immediate benefits including providing faster customer service, less exposure to errors and omissions (E&O) and improved business continuity with fewer IT issues.

Small- and medium-sized agencies can gain a significant competitive advantage by adopting online solutions. According to research by Saugatuck Technology, key market drivers of online (software-as-a-service) solutions include increased efficiency and better customer service. With AMS Prime Online, agencies will see immediate benefits through the automation of time-consuming processes like accessing policy and customer information and accounting tasks allowing them to spend more time on client support.

"AMS Prime works well for us, but we see AMS Prime Online as a major competitive advantage," said Frank Millsaps, president, Millsaps & Associates. "AMS Prime Online allows me to access data offsite, connect multiple offices and frees me from worrying about backing up the system. Since our agency is located on the Gulf Coast, we get hit by tropical storms and hurricanes. With AMS Prime Online, my business continuity/disaster recovery plan is greatly improved and I am confident we can continue doing business and servicing clients in the event of an interruption."

AMS Prime Online is a powerful agency management system that allows agencies to service customers better and faster while delivering tangible value in operational efficiencies, including:

--  Elimination of up-front investment and maintenance costs typically
    associated with IT hardware and software
    
--  Enhanced security of insurance business data, such as customer data
    maintained in an agency's management system
    
--  Provision of extensive business continuity capabilities achieved
    through regular backups and offsite protection of data
    
--  Access to agency systems anywhere there is an Internet connection,
    thereby allowing agency executives and employees to run and grow the
    business even when traveling or in a remote location
    

"Small- and mid-sized agencies told us that with the current state of the economy and competitive market, they need to focus on writing more business with the same or fewer resources," said Suman Pal, senior product manager, AMS Services. "AMS Prime Online takes the worry out of managing technology and performing upgrades and allows agencies to get the most out of their investment dollars. AMS Prime Online gives them the tools needed to reduce time spent on E&O protection and business continuity and allows them to focus on growing the business and servicing customers."

About AMS Services

Vertafore, Inc. d/b/a 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 property and casualty and benefits management, business intelligence tools 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 about AMS Services, please visit www.amsservices.com.

AMS is a trademark of Vertafore, Inc. The names of actual companies, business units and products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.