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The 2017 Model Insurer Asia Nominations Start Now!

Every year, Celent recognizes the effective use of technology through its Model Insurer Asia Awards program. We are pleased to announce that the nomination period for 2017 award is now open.

From September 15, we will be accepting Model Insurer Asia nominations. The window for new entries will close on November 30. We are looking forward to receiving your best IT initiatives. The Model Insurer Asia award program recognizes projects that essentially answer the question:

"What would it look like for an insurance company to do everything right with today’s technology?"

It awards insurance companies which have successfully implemented a technology project in five key categories:
•Data mastery and analytics.
•Digital and omnichannel technology.
•Innovation and emerging technologies.
•Legacy transformation.
•Operational excellence.

Past winners include Max Bupa Health Insurance, Ageas Insurance Company (Asia), AXA Asia, Birla Sun Life Insurance, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Yingda Taihe Property Insurance, Cathay Century Insurance, and Ping An Direct to name a few.

Does your company have what it takes?

If you believe that your company exhibits best practices in the use of technology, please read the Model Insurer Asia Submission Guidelines, and complete the brief nomination form by November 30, 2016.

Nominations for the 2016 Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) are now open

The Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry in the Asia Pacific Region.

Nominations for the 2016 AITA Awards are now open. Please find more information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita, and you can download the nomination form from there. The deadline for submitting the nomination form is 24 June 2016.

AITA AWARDS CATEGORIES

IT Leadership

This award honours an individual who has displayed clear vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to the business. The recipient will have been responsible for deriving genuine value from technology and has demonstrated this trait with a specific project or through ongoing leadership.

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Insurer: Technology

This award honours the insurer who has made the most progress in embracing technology across the organisation.

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations. However, vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Digital Transformation

This award honours an insurer or broker who has made the most progress in implementing digitization initiatives, such as sale and service of products online, eco-system integration (such as with business partners, repair shops, medical providers, distribution, etc.), leveraging social networks, work-place enablement (such as BYOD, collaboration tools, etc.), business process automation (STP), engaging user interface design, or leveraging mobile technology.
 
Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.
 
Big Data and Analytics

This award honours insurer or broker who has made the most progress in utilizing data analytics technologies, such as predictive analytics (claims fraud, underwriting, pricing, climate analysis), prescriptive analytics (triage, sales automation, ‘next best action’), and virtualization (dashboards and heat maps, catastrophe management, network analysis, geo-political risk analysis).

Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Newcomer

This award recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The recipient will have introduced a game-changing solution to the industry.

Nomination accepted from insurers, vendors and Fintech/Insurtech firms

Innovation

This award recognizes the innovation business model, applying of emerging technology, or the innovative usage of technology.

Nomination accepted from insurers, vendors  and Fintech/Insurtech firms

Call for nomination for Model Insurer Asia Award, deadline extended

Celent is still accepting nominations for our Sixth Annual Model Insurer Asia Awards. To nominate a firm, fill out the entry form at http://www.celent.com/node/31094 by November 13, 2015. Please read the Guidelines on the same page before you complete the nomination form. Questions? Email Wenli Yuan at wyuan@celent.com and copy KyongSun Kong at kkong@celent.com.

Nominations for the 2015 Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) are now open

The Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry in the Asia Pacific Region. Nominations for the 2015 AITA Awards are now open. Please find more information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita, and you can download the nomination form from there. The deadline for submitting the nomination form is 26 June 2015. The importance of the quality of the nomination itself, and of the supporting information, cannot be overemphasized. The nomination should be as specific, accurate, and complete as possible. Keep in mind that in most cases those involved in the selection process will have no personal knowledge of the nominated initiative and will lean heavily on the information provided in the nomination form to make reasonable judgements. AITA AWARDS CATEGORIES IT Leadership This award honours an individual who has displayed clear vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to the business. The recipient will have been responsible for deriving genuine value from technology and has demonstrated this trait with a specific project or through ongoing leadership. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor. Best Insurer: Technology This award honours the insurer who has made the most progress in embracing technology across the organization. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations. However, vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor. Digital Transformation This award honours an insurer or broker who has made the most progress in implementing digitization initiatives, such as sale and service of products online, eco-system integration (such as with business partners, repair shops, medical providers, distribution, etc.), leveraging social networks, work-place enablement (such as BYOD, collaboration tools, etc.), business process automation (STP), engaging user interface design, or analytics (analyse customer behavior, propensity, risks, etc.). Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor. New Business Model Leveraging Mobile Applications This award recognises the insurer who has developed a new, perhaps disruptive business model involving the innovative use of mobile technology. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor. Best Newcomer This award recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The recipient will have introduced a game-changing solution to the industry. Nominations accepted from insurers or vendors. Innovation This award recognizes the innovation business model or in the usage of technology. Nominations accepted from insurers or vendors.

Invitation to the Asia Pacific insurance CIO survey

Celent is conducting its seventh annual survey of Asia Pacific insurance CIOs. The survey focuses on trends in IT strategy, budgetary issues, and emerging technologies.  If you are a CIO (or in a similar position such as IT Manager) in the insurance company in Asia Pacific,  we invite you to participate in the survey. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. All responses will be treated as confidential, and no respondent or company will be cited by name.  After our report is published, survey participants will receive a complimentary PDF document with consolidated survey results. Please click the link below and complete the survey online: Celent Insurance CIO Survey APAC For your reference, please find the Press Release of former Celent Asia Insurance CIO survey reports by click the links below: Insurance in Asia 2014: The CIO Perspective  Insurance in Asia 2013: The CIO Perspective 2012 Asia Insurance CIO Survey 2011 Asia Insurance CIO Survey Asia Insurance The Year Ahead: The CIO Perspective (2010) Trends in Asian Insurance 2009: A Business and Technology Outlook Based on a Survey of Asian Insurance CIOs If you have any questions, please contact me by email: wyuan@celent.com

The winners for the 4th Asia Insurance Technology Awards

Celent and Asia Insurance Review are proud to host 4th Asia Insurance Technology Awards which recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry. The award was given on the Asia Insurance CIO Technology Summit on 20 Nov 2014 in Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Asia Insurance Technology Awards is organized by Celent together with Asia Insurance Review. Thirty eight nominations from insurers in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Asia Pacific Headquarters of global insurers were evaluated this year and nine winners were selected by Celent AITA evaluation team consisting of analysts from Asia, Europe and North America. There are many impressive cases. Unfortunately we can’t honor all of them. I would like to take this chance to congratulate all the companies that had submitted their nominations for their great achievements! The winner for Best Mobile Application Award was ICICI Lombard General Insurance ICICI Lombard implemented the Assure Tablet Application that allows agent and sales persons to complete the entire workflow in the field, including collect customer information, accept payment via Debit or Credit Card, and print policy issue. The project has improved productivity of sales persons by 33%, and reduced the policy issuance cost by 47%. The company won the award because of the use of mobile technologies to enhance efficiency and productivity, and the quantitative business result achieved. There are two winners for Digital Transformation Award. One winner was AIA Malaysia AIA Malaysia introduced the Integrated Digital Platform – an iPad-based suite of applications, which acts as a mobile office for all AIA Malaysia Life Planners. The platform is comprised of a Point-of-Sale solution, iResources, ePolicy, ePayment, iServe, eRecruitment, and eLearning. The company won the award because of the digital transformation of the agent channel and the quantitative business results achieved. Another winner for Digital Transformation Award was Achmea Australia Achmea Australia implemented Sapiens IDIT’s core insurance solution and Risk Scan mobile solution, enabling their risk specialists to do an initial risk analysis on-site with farmers. The company won the award because of the use of mobile technology, dematerialization, integration of the front-end with the core system to realize Straight-Through-Processing. Its relationship-based business model delivers a unique proposition to the Australian farming community. This also makes them a winner of this year’s Best Newcomer Award, which recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The winner for IT Leadership Award was Mr. Somesh Chandra, Director of Customer Service, Operations and Technology of Max Bupa Health Insurance Max Bupa implemented a business process automation platform to automate its core business processes. It significantly reduced the turn-around time for policy issuance and claims, increased productivity, and reduced operating cost. The vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to business belonged to the company’s director of IT, Mr. Somesh Chandra. There are two winners for Best Insurer: Technology Award. One winner was MetLife Global Technology & Operations Asia MetLife deployed MongoDB Big Data technology, and implemented “The Wall” initiative in MetLife’s Japan call centre, which provides a 360 degree view of MetLife’s customers by simultaneously leveraging data scattered across more than 70 systems onto a single screen. The company won the award because of the successful usage of big data technology. Another winner for Best Insurer: Technology Award was Reliance General Insurance Reliance General Insurance implemented Enrollment Manager, a system that enables process driven automation for managing enrollment related activities and data handling value chain for a government-run health insurance scheme, to achieve maximum enrollment conversions. The company won the award because of the quantifiable business benefits and the important role technology plays in the organization. There are two winners for Innovation Award. One winner was Fubon Insurance Fubon Insurance introduced “Immediate Assistance” service, a service that allows for immediate response from a representative immediately after they see a car accident. Fubon’s professionalism and dedication is displayed by the fact that this service extends even to non-policyholders of Fubon. By using Fubon insurance’s internal mobile claims app, they have accelerated the claims process for policyholders. And for non-policyholders, the experience allows for sharing of information on what to do in case of a claim. By offering the service beyond client’s expectations, Fubon Insurance build up their professional image and successfully increase the motor sales volume. Another winner for Innovation Award was MetLife Hong Kong MetLife Hong Kong introduced an innovative mobile app – The MetLife Infinity app, which is a virtual time capsule, allowing people to securely capture, host, organize & share important messages, photos and videos with designated people of their choice either instantly, or at a predetermined time in the future. Users can also upload practical items that their loved ones may need to access, such as important documents and details for accessing accounts and policies, insurance documents, trust forms, wills, etc. The innovative app leads to brand awareness, created positive word of mouth, and drives action – 40% of those who registered on Infinity opted in to receive promotional information. The company wins the award for its innovation in using social network and mobile technology. 5th Asia Insurance Technology Awards will open for nomination during June 2015. I’ll post another blog when the nomination is open, you also can find information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita.

Nominations for the Fifth Annual Celent Model Insurer Asia Awards (2015 Awards) are now Open!

Every year, Celent recognizes the effective use of technology in the Asia Pacific region through its Model Insurer Asia Awards program. The nomination period for 2014 has already open. If you know of an insurance company which exhibits best practices in the use of technology, please click here and complete the nomination form. Submissions are being accepted until 31 October 2014. Through our Model Insurer Asia Awards Program, Celent recognizes the year’s top technology initiatives. Past winners received their recognition through outstanding implementation of technology areas such as agent portals, document management, claims, billing, distribution management, and policy administration. Past winners include Max Bupa Health Insurance, Ageas Insurance Company (Asia), AXA Asia, Birla Sun Life Insurance, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, Yingda Taihe Property Insurance, and Cathay Century Insurance, to name a few. Celent’s Model Insurer research is designed to try to answer the deceptively simple question: What would it look like for an insurer to do everything right with today’s technology? Obviously, the question is not as simple as it appears. The terms “everything” and “right” will mean very different things to different companies. The approach that Celent has taken is to tease out high level best practices in the use of technology across the product and policyholder life cycle and in IT infrastructure and management that a Model Insurer would use. On the back of the global Model Insurer research by our colleagues in North America and Europe, we at Celent Asia are conducting an Asia Pacific specific program to identify the potentially unique Model Insurer solutions that have been recently deployed in our region. Of course, there is no such thing as a Model Insurer Asia across the board. Therefore, we focus on specific real world examples of individual technology initiatives in the Asia Pacific region. These case studies are presented at Celent’s annual Model Insurer Asia event and represent key themes: •Legacy and ecosystem transformation: Legacy technology can hinder innovation, since insurers must typically offer backward compatibility. Insurers must not only modernize, but also transform their internal systems and how they interact with customers, counterparties, and regulators. This theme recognizes projects related to core system replacement or transformation including policy administration, billing, claims, and rating/underwriting. •Digital and omnichannel technologies: Digital transformation is moving from person-to-person interaction toward person-to-machine or machine-to-machine. Integrating and coordinating among disparate and siloed delivery channels will be critical to satisfying ever-increasing customer expectations. Using the definition that digital automates complex tasks, allowing them to be mastered, then reproduced and distributed at no cost, this theme recognizes projects such as online customer portals; industrialization of processes; engaging user interfaces; online sales with STP; integration with business partners; leveraging social networks; and the use of mobile technology. •Innovation and emerging technologies: Celent defines innovation as fundamental changes to products, services, or business models that break existing tradeoffs and provide value to the customer. New hardware, software, and network technologies feed insurance innovation. This theme recognizes projects such as the expansion into previously untapped markets due to technology; the use of technologies not previously used in the insurance industry; or the development of an innovation culture within an IT organization. •Data mastery and analytics: Data has become a key source of competitive advantage for identifying profitable niches, managing risk, and improving service. New external data sources, data derived from devices, and new techniques for interpreting data are pushing the competitive boundaries for insurers at an accelerated rate. This theme recognizes projects such as predictive analytics (claims fraud, underwriting, pricing, climate analysis); prescriptive analytics (triage, sales automation, “next best action”); and virtualization (dashboards and heat maps, catastrophe management, network analysis, geopolitical risk analysis). •Non-core implementation best practices: What does it take to safeguard investments in technology and answer the inevitable question, “What’s next?” This theme recognizes projects such as successful reuse of technology for new initiatives; implementation of a non-core system such as illustrations, document automation, electronic applications, or agency management systems; or finding successes in new methods and processes for distribution and sales. An important note is that a Model Insurer Asia Award is recognition of an insurer’s effective use of technology in a certain area or theme, not necessarily a statement that the insurer is Best in Class. Model Insurer Asia success highlights the insurer’s ability to improve performance and meet market demands when tackling issues facing the industry today. To nominate an initiative at your company as a Model Insurer Asia, please use the brief form on here: Nomination form. Please note that vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive an award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done primarily with the insurer, not the vendor. Guidelines for Celent Model Insurer Asia Award Submissions: This information will assist you in completing the nomination form. Below are generalized criteria that are considered by Celent when evaluating submissions. General submission and award criteria: •The initiative has been implemented in the Asia Pacific region at an insurance company, a company that takes on risks under the policies it sells in return for the payment of premiums. MGA, TPAs or self-insured companies are not eligible for nomination. •The nominated initiative is LIVE (in production) and functioning at the insurance company. Pilot programs are not considered live and in production. •The nominated insurer has been involved in the submission and is willing to be actively involved in the post submission evaluation process which includes follow up emails and interviews, and possible inclusion in the Celent Model Insurer Asia report. •Quantitative success metrics are measured and provided. Nominations without quantitative success metrics will not be accepted. •Quantifiable results from a pilot program are acceptable however it must be noted that the results are from a pilot. Full production results are preferred. •The initiative has not been submitted for another Celent 2015 Award, e.g., Model Insurer. Quality of Nominations The importance of the quality of the nomination itself, and of the supporting information, cannot be overemphasized. The nomination should be as specific, accurate, and complete as possible. It is imperative that the true merits of the initiative be conveyed through this information. Keep in mind that in most cases those involved in the selection process will have no personal knowledge of the nominated initiative and will lean heavily on the information provided below for the information they need to make reasonable judgments. In some cases, Celent will check publicly available information to augment or substantiate the information provided. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 31, 2014. Once submitted, all communication will occur between Celent and the insurer, however Celent will acknowledge the receipt of the submission with both the insurer and, if applicable, the vendor partner.

Nominations for the 2014 Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) are now open

The Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry in the Asia Pacific Region.

Nominations for the 2014 AITA Awards are now open. Please find more information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita, and you can download the nomination form from there. The deadline for submitting the nomination form is 15 September 2014.

AITA AWARDS CATEGORIES

IT Leadership Award

This award honours an individual who has displayed clear vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to the business. The recipient will have been responsible for deriving genuine value from technology and has demonstrated this trait with a specific project or through ongoing leadership. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Insurer: Technology

This award honours the insurer who has made the most progress in embracing technology across the organisation. The recipient will have deployed game changing technology projects in the area of core insurance and broker processes. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Digital Transformation Award

This award honours an insurer or broker who has made the most progress in implementing digitization initiatives, such as sale and service of products online, eco-system integration (such as with business partners, repair shops, medical providers, distribution, etc.), leveraging social networks, work-place enablement (such as BYOD, collaboration tools, etc.), business process automation (STP), engaging user interface design, or analytics (analyse customer behavior, propensity, risks, etc.). Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Best Mobile Application

This award recognises the insurer who has exhibited true innovation in the use of mobile technology. The recipient will have developed a unique and compelling application not seen elsewhere in the industry. Nominations accepted from insurers. Vendors are welcome to assist their client insurers with their nominations, however vendors/suppliers are not qualified to receive this award. All nominations MUST include insurer contact information, and all follow-up will be done with the insurer, not the vendor.

Newcomer of the Year

This award recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The recipient will have introduced a game-changing solution to the industry. Nominations accepted from insurers or vendors.

Innovation Award

This award recognizes the innovation business model or in the usage of technology. Nominations accepted from insurers or vendors.

MEMS, Emerging Technology?

Ever heard of “MEMS”? I guess most people will answer ‘no’ to this question. “MEMS” is an acronym for Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems – which can be further defined as miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical components. So how does this affect us? This technology has been around for a number of years now, and is slowly becoming more and more useful in everyday life. Very small components can collect data and stream the results to an increasing number of devices, thus making data collection far easier and convenient. No, I am not talking about invasive data collection. But imagine a small device implanted in your arm that can collect data about your health! Such as rising blood pressure, an impending heart attack, changes to your blood composition, etc etc. Imagine further that this data can be streamed in real time to your smartphone and your doctor! Research on “MEMS” usage is ongoing, and in some cases people are already predicting that its use will reduce disease and surgery in future. This could have far-reaching implications in the life and health insurance industry. Sometime in the future we may be pricing life and health products and using the availability and ongoing usage of MEMS devices as an input into our rating – just as we are currently using telematics data to price for auto insurance. Is this going to be the next big change in our industry?

The winners for the 3rd Asia Insurance Technology Awards

Celent and Asia Insurance Review are proud to host 3rd Asia Insurance Technology Awards which recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry. The award was given on the Asia Insurance CIO Summit on 20 Nov 2013 in Marina Mandarin Singapore. Asia Insurance Technology Awards is organized by Celent together with Asia Insurance Review. Twenty two nominations from insurers in India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan were evaluated this year and six winners were selected by Celent AITA evaluation team consisting of analysts from Asia, Europe and North America. There are two winners for Best Mobile Application.  One winner was MetLife Global Technology & Operations Asia Mobility is one of the key strategic IT themes identified by MetLife to capitalize on the proliferation of smart devices in Asia. After launching its ‘Mobile Office System (MOS)’, an operating system-agnostic mobile application platform that provides full-scale end-to-end sales resources to multiple distribution channels in real time, MetLife leveraged the same platform, to launch its MULAN application which is the same operating system-agnostic application targeted to the consumers to allow for 24/7 real-time self-servicing through mobile devices. Maximizing the “leverage and reuse” philosophy, the implementation was completed within 4 months and at half the cost of MOS. The platform is highly adopted, and the project shows quantitative business benefits. Another winner for Best Mobile Application was Sony Life Insurance Sony Life wins the award for Best Mobile Application for its post contract customer management system called consulting-sales and follow-up system (C-SAAF). The functions include a paperless application process, replacing the paper-based application process with the new tablet PC. To achieve this, Munich Re Automation Solutions’ automated underwriting solution and Munich Re Japan Life Branch’s underwriting rules were customized for Sony. Their Customer Satisfaction Management system, also provides continuous, effective and appropriate “consultation and follow-up services” even if customer situations change after the contract is issued; with the System configuration with both on-line function and off-line function in an emergency. The winner for E-commerce Award was Now Health International Now Health provides a straight through sales function for direct customers, providing quote and sales functionality for intermediaries. Now Health’s customer focussed website is integrated with solutions for back end functionality for a seamless straight-through online quote, buy and fulfillment process. Now Health offers an online combined, buy, edit, view claim and renewal lifecycle in the international health insurance market. They also have wide social media reach, such as blog posts, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn, to engage users. The winner for Best Insurer:  Technology Award was HDFC Standard Life Insurance HDFC Standard Life’s Point of Sale project enables its sales force to close the sale for at least 80% of cases, during the first meeting with the customer using a laptop or a tablet, providing HDFC Life with a 24*7 selling platform. The system is closely integrated with an underwriting engine where dynamic questions are asked based on the details entered. 16 Macro steps have been crunched to a bare minimum of 4 stages, resulting in Turn-Around-Time reducing to minutes. Multiple complex systems have been integrated at the backend. Straight through processing is realized. The winner for Best Newcomer Award was Liberty Videocon General Insurance Liberty Videocon General Insurance (LVGI) received India regulatory approvals for commencing operations in August 2012. In order to support their business launch by February 2013, LVGI attempted quick core system implementation without compromising on business functionalities. The Core Insurance Program (Lakshya) provides enablement of functional process on an integrated platform. Thinking “Out of the box” with some tweaks and configuration were the underlying philosophy behind the entire implementation process. LVGI also implemented projects such as underwriting, claims, Accounts, and a CRM solution right from day one of its operation. The winner for IT Leadership Award was Mr. Namal Gunawardhane, Head Of IT, HNB Assurance HNB Assurance implemented a cost effective single core insurance application, capable of handling both Life and General Insurance. They also implemented a workflow application which has made performance monitoring and benchmarking easy and efficient, whilst enabling better customer service via employee efficiencies. HNB implemented an effective infrastructure for core insurance application and disaster recovery as well as business continuity. In addition, they also implemented innovative projects such as a mobile based comprehensive motor accident reporting claims process and a mobile based assessor application. The vision and leadership in the delivery of technology to business belonged to the company’s head of IT, Mr. Namal Gunawardhane. 4th Asia Insurance Technology Awards will open for nomination during April 2014. I’ll post another blog when the nomination is open, you also can find information on Celent website http://www.celent.com/aita .