Insurance companies lauded for ease of doing business

Nashville, TN-October 21, 2005 (ASCnet TENCon Special)- Applied Systems, Inc., has joined the international user group for its products in recognizing insurance companies that make it easy for agencies and brokers to conduct business with them.

Insurance technology company Applied Systems co-presented the 2005 Ease of Doing Business Awards to 16 insurance carriers judged best at advancing agency-company interface. The companies were commended for initiatives that include providing agents and brokers with standardized workflows for managing multi-company insurance sales, service, and renewals directly from within their agency management systems. Awards were presented this week in Nashville, Tenn., at 2005 TENCon, the 20 th annual Technology, Education & Networking Conference hosted by user group Applied Systems Client Network (ASCnet).

Applied Systems and ASCnet presented awards based on each company�s level of participation in several categories of batch and real-time interface. Agencies weighted each category according to overall impact on their ease of doing business with the carriers. ASCnet presented Ease of Doing Business awards to companies with the highest point totals: St. Paul Travelers, ACUITY, and Liberty Mutual Agency Markets in the overall category; Encompass for business personal lines; and Frankenmuth for business commercial lines.

Applied Systems presented awards for Ease of Doing Business in Commercial Lines to: ACUITY, Drive Insurance from Progressive, EMC Insurance Companies, Encompass, Frankenmuth, Grange Mutual, Liberty Mutual Agency Markets, Main Street America Group, Safeco, Ohio Casualty Group, Selective Insurance, St. Paul Travelers, The Hartford, Unigard, and Westfield.

For Ease of Doing Business in Personal Lines: ACUITY, Chubb, Drive Insurance from Progressive, EMC Insurance Companies, Frankenmuth, Encompass, Grange Mutual, Liberty Mutual Agency Markets, Ohio Casualty Group, Safeco, Selective, St. Paul Travelers, The Hartford, Unigard, and Westfield.

�Delivering overall efficiency to the agent-carrier relationship has been a core focus for Applied Systems and ASCnet for 20 years,� said Doug Johnston, Executive Vice President of Interface Services at Applied Systems. �Agency-carrier interface, more than anything else, has delivered tremendous efficiencies to agency operations, in terms of both sales and service. We join ASCnet in identifying which companies are the easiest to do business with, as this directly translates to a more efficient agency.�

About Applied Systems

Applied Systems, Inc., is the leading provider of automated solutions for the property and casualty insurance industry. Since 1983, the company has developed software for independent insurance agents, brokers, managing general agents, and insurance companies, as well as financial institutions with insurance operations. Applied Systems has helped more than 10,000 insurance organizations achieve new levels of profitability and efficiency with its premier agency management systems, The Agency Manager ® (TAM) and The Agency Manager Vision Series™. Incorporating consulting services and third-party integration, Applied Systems automates insurance transactions at every distribution level from consumer through carrier. For information, visit