Announcing the winners of the 5th Asia Technology Insurance Awards

Celent and Asia Insurance Review hosted the 5th Asia Insurance Technology Awards (AITAs) at AIR’s CIO Technology Summit at Le Meridien Hotel Jakarta on 1 September 2015. The AITAs recognize excellence and innovation in the use of technology within the insurance industry. This year we received over 30 nominations from Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Pakistan; as well as the Asia Pacific divisions of global insurers. There were many impressive submissions, from which our international panel of Celent insurance analysts selected the very best to receive the six awards. The Innovation Award recognizes innovation in business models or in the use of technology. The winner was MetLife Asia. MetLife Asia implemented Advanced Data Analytics to transform big data into customer insights and to deliver a more personalized customer experience – delivering the right products and services, for the right people, at the right time. They are using these insights to inform product and services development, and to deliver sales leads to agents. The company won the award because of the innovative usage of data analytics. The IT Leadership Award honors 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. The winner was Girish Nayak, Chief – Customer Service, Operations and Technology at ICICI Lombard General Insurance. ICICI Lombard implemented a business assurance project to address the ever present gap between real business uptime on the ground vs technology uptime. The firm implemented an in-house customer experience center; and deployed an infrastructure as a service model in Microsoft Azure Cloud. These initiatives generate genuine value for the business. The Digital Transformation Award honors an insurer who has made the most progress in implementing digitization initiatives. BOCG Life was the winner. BOCG Life implemented the Electronic Commerce System to provide online needs analysis and policy services. Through a transparent, direct and needs-oriented process, it facilitates prospective customers applying for multiple products they need in one go, and allows customer to adjust the offer according to their budget. The company won the award because of the way it is building trust and developing long-term relationships with customers through digital transformation. The Best Newcomer Award recognizes the best new player in the insurance technology field. The winner was CAMS Insurance Repository Services. CAMS Insurance Repository Services launched the Insurance Repository to provide e- Insurance Accounts to maintain policies as e-policies. This brings new efficiencies and benefits across the stakeholders, including Policy Holders, Insurers, Agents and the Regulator. The company won the award because they demonstrated real, unique value to the ecosystem. The award for Best Insurer: Technology honors the insurer who has made the most progress in embracing technology across the organization. The winner was RAC Insurance. RAC Insurance implemented a series of projects to digitize the business between suppliers, members and RAC Insurance. These projects include Claims Allocation, Motor Repairer Integration, and a B2C platform. The company won the award because of the way technology transformed the organization’s capability by offering an exceptional, one-touch experience for their members through online channels. Finally, the New Business Model Leveraging Mobile Applications Award recognizes the insurer who has developed a new, perhaps disruptive business model involving the innovative use of mobile technology. Max Life Insurance won the award. Max Life Insurance launched mServicing and mApp which enable digital servicing of customers, sales force and operations. The company won the award because of the use of mobile technologies to increase agent activity and engagement, enable speedy issuance of policies, and enhance business quality and operational efficiency. Be on the lookout for the 6th Asia Insurance Technology Awards in 2016. We’ll post another blog when the nomination period opens, sometime around June 2016. You can also find information on Celent’s website: http://www.celent.com/aita.  

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.

Insurance and Japan

One might naturally assume that the tragic events in northeastern Japan would also be devastating the Japanese insurance industry. By the beginning of April some 320,000 P&C claims related to the disasters had already been filed with insurers. After the Kobe earthquake of 1995, when many home and business owners discovered their policies did not cover the damage, people got in the habit of buying earthquake / tsunami insurance. So fortunately more properties were insured on 3/11 than may have been otherwise. In conversations with Japanese carriers, however, Celent has found that insurers are remarkably sanguine about the likely effect on the industry here. Firms say they have adequate reserves set aside precisely to cover an event of this magnitude, which has long been predicted. As a result, Celent expects that major Japanese insurers will continue to invest in strategic initiatives to boost competitiveness and lower costs in this very crowded market. IT spending growth at Japanese insurers, which has been close to flat for years anyway due to the maturity of the market, will suffer a modest dip in the short term. Smaller insurers are likely to put off renewal projects for a while. Pressure to merge will increase at some firms, but again the industry has seen a spate of consolidation activity in recent years already. The recent events are likely to encourage Japanese insurers to accelerate their international expansion efforts, which are already underway. Carriers have been looking abroad for growth opportunities, especially to the Asia Pacific region but further afield in the Americas and Europe as well. In Tokyo, along with the concern, there is a new competitive spirit in the air. April is the start of Japan’s fiscal year and businesses look determined to find ways to grow even as the economy is forecast to contract. The insurance industry would be no exception. For example, the past year has seen the emergence of new internet and mobile based distribution models and products, approaches which seem almost tailor-made for the post-3/11 era. Technology suppliers will want to know that amplified interest in business continuity is leading insurers to think seriously about cloud computing. The blooming sakura and early spring sunshine might be distracting me from some of the harsher realities of 21st century Japan. But certainly a little optimism is not misplaced in what is after all one of the world’s major insurance markets.