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Applied Systems Alliance Partner Program Expands With New Insurance Network Partners

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill., Sept. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applied Systems today announced that SIAA, Georgia Agency Partners and Combined Agents of America, LLC have joined the Applied Alliance Partner program, a recently launched partnership opportunity between independent insurance agency networks and Applied Systems. The program offers leading insurance networks and their members access to educational resources, best practices and technology for greater success in the digitally driven insurance marketplace.

"The pace of digital technology innovation and its impact on the insurance industry continue to grow, making it critical for independent agencies to be able to collaborate on technology best practices for long-term business success," said Jim Pattermann, head of Applied Alliance Partner program, Applied Systems. "The continued growth of the Alliance Partner program since its launch last month further validates the growing need for industry access to technology and education. We look forward to continuing to serve as a trusted technology advisor, enabling independent insurance agency networks and their members to increase their business value in today's competitive marketplace."

Applied alliance partners receive dedicated account management and marketing support to increase their market visibility and value to members. Agency members benefit from access to resources and technology products to increase the value of their technology investments. SIAA, Georgia Agency Partners and Combined Agents of America join the initial group of members, including Iowa Bankers Insurance and Services, Inc., The Iroquois Group®, Keystone Insurers Group, Inc., SecureRisk Insurance Solutions, and United Valley Insurance Services, extending access to educational resources and technology to more than 6,500 agencies.

"Increasing competition and consumer expectations are requiring our members to adopt leading technologies to evolve their business and customer service models," said Lee Daniel, partner, Georgia Agency Partners. "Partnering with Applied Systems allows us to deliver significant benefits to our members by providing greater access to diverse technologies and technical services, enabling them to increase their business value."

"Technology is driving business operations, time savings and new consumer engagement models across the insurance industry," said Matt Masiello, executive vice president and chief operating officer, SIAA. "By connecting our members with Applied Systems, we further enable them to grow their business through increased access to industry-leading technologies and thought leadership, ensuring our members remain competitive and elevate their business value."

"Managing change in technology and understanding how to implement technology strategies and best practices are critical to providing the best service and products for our clients," said Bill Martin, president, Combined Agents of America. "Through the Alliance Partner program, our members will receive the support services and technical guidance necessary to leverage the latest technologies to the greatest extent, enabling them to achieve sustainable business growth and deliver superior client service."

Learn more about the Applied Alliance Partner program.

About Applied Systems

Applied Systems is a leading provider of software that powers the business of insurance. Applied is recognized as a pioneer in agency and brokerage management systems and data exchange between agencies, brokers, carriers and their clients. Automating the insurance lifecycle for more than 140,000 insurance professionals, 12,000 agencies and brokerages, and 350 carriers worldwide, Applied enables millions of people around the world to safeguard and protect what matters most.

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Source: Applied Systems