IASA Announces Second Annual Vendor Alliance Seminar

Tucson, Arizona, January 22, 2009 – IASA is pleased to announce the second annual Vendor Alliance Seminar will be held on March 20, at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel in Tucson, Arizona in conjunction with the association’s Spring Planning Meeting, which follows on March 21 and 22.

The business environment is changing rapidly, and the way insurance companies spend money and evaluate new technologies is changing as well. Now, maybe more than ever before, it is important for vendors to demonstrate they can “play nice in the sandbox.” So, establishing and maintaining good relationships between vendors with systems running in the same insurance company environment is vitally important to ensuring all systems work together.

This can be a daunting challenge, especially if new and existing vendors competed for the business. However, if an insurer can find vendors who already have integration capabilities, or convince newly-introduced technology companies to work together on integration, it gives them a distinct advantage in the marketplace. IASA is uniquely-positioned to open a dialogue between vendors and to provide information from the insurance company camp as to what is working today and what is not. These issues and more will be open for discussion at the Vendor Alliance Seminar.

By attending this interactive seminar, vendors will have a chance to learn and hear from insurance company executives and industry professionals about their system needs and what they look for in an ideal vendor partner. This half-day seminar will begin with a brief industry perspective overview by IASA’s expert panelists and will continue with breakout sessions which will examine likely technology partners, service level agreements (SLAs), benefits of partnering with other technology vendors, and what insurance companies executives are looking for from their vendors. And, at the end of the day, remember that it is all about integration. A networking reception will give attendees a chance to meet peers in the industry and perhaps strike up a profitable partnership as well.

Registration for this event is currently open and can be accessed via the IASA website at www.iasa.org. Cost per individual attendee is $195.

Channel managers, relationship managers, sales/marketing managers, business development managers and other interested professionals from IASA associate member companies are encouraged to contact Mark Roth via email ([email protected]) with any additional questions.

About IASA

The Insurance Accounting & Systems Association, Inc. (IASA) is a non-profit, education association that strives to enhance the knowledge of insurance industry professionals, and participants from similar organizations closely allied with the insurance industry by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information. IASA is one of the insurance industry’s largest and most well represented trade associations. IASA membership includes insurance companies of all types (Property & Casualty, Life, Health, Fraternal, HMO and others) as members, as well as companies serving the insurance industry, regulators and also organizations more broadly representative of the financial services industry, including banks and investment brokerage firms. Learn more about the IASA by visiting our website at www.iasa.org or by calling (919) 489-0991.