SOURCE: AMS Services

March 22, 2007 09:11 ET

AMS Services Announces Enhanced Commercial Lines Sales Solution

Latest Release Features Advanced Architecture and Improved Functionality

BOTHELL, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 22, 2007 -- AMS Services, the leader in insurance agency automation, today announced the release of AMS Producer Plus, a stand-alone software solution designed to assist producers in the sale and retention of commercial accounts. The newest release of AMS Producer Plus, formerly PS4 Plus, is built on the industry's most advanced architecture, Microsoft SQL Server and the .NET 2.0 framework to provide enhanced scalability and faster agent response time. AMS Producer Plus also contains new functionality including security enhancements, improved client search capabilities and more flexible form-editing functions.

AMS Producer Plus is the most powerful commercial lines sales product available. In just a few minutes, agents can review a client's business operations, analyze their coverage and underwriting needs and be fully prepared to present a proposal for coverage. With AMS Producer Plus an agent can become an instant expert on more than 650 different types of business using industry profiles, risk exposure questionnaires, ISO general liability classifications and coverage checklists. The system also helps commercial lines producers properly assess risk and ask the right questions of the client. Agents using AMS Producer Plus benefit from the use of more than 850 ACORD® forms, e-mail submission directly to underwriters, submission tracking and access to custom proposal templates and a library of more than 1,300 coverage definitions.

AMS Producer Plus is built on Microsoft .NET to give agencies the benefit of a rich user interface (UI) and easy integration with other solutions. AMS Producer Plus also utilizes Microsoft's SQL Server to provide more reliable storage, enhanced scalability and excellent security to help build their commercial business quickly to gain a competitive advantage.

"AMS Producer Plus helps our agencies respond more fully to their customers' needs. Our agents are equipped with an abundance of information (via checklists, industry profiles and safety programs) that enables them to respond to each insured with an individualized insurance program," said Noreen Templin, project manager, IT department, Leavitt Group. "Consistent use of the proposals as part of a sound workflow reduces our agency's E&O exposure. It is an invaluable tool for our new producers as well as our seasoned staff."

The new release of AMS Producer Plus features a new UI that is more user friendly and interactive with task panes that dynamically display information. Security has also been enhanced allowing for additional configuration options for access. Forms now allow the user to cut, copy, paste and clear sections of data while the visual form editing function uses colors to highlight fields that require attention. The client lookup feature is now more powerful with searching capabilities that allow the user to search any part of the client's name, address and phone number as well as by agent, account manager or modified date.

"AMS Services provides a total solution for agencies looking to grow their business. AMS Producer Plus allows them to increase their commercial account retention rates and attract new clients quickly and easily," said Bill Bunker, senior vice president of products and marketing, AMS Services. "This solution helps a producer through the entire commercial sales process from lead generation to the final sale, by making them proficient in whatever type of coverage they are quoting."

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 Producer Plus 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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