AAA Life Licenses PilotFish Technology’s XCS eiPlatform
ACORD-compliant, SOAP web service interface in production in 10 person-days
(BUSINESS WIRE) February 7, 2006 – PilotFish, Inc. is pleased to announce that AAA Life Insurance has licensed the XCS eiPlatform to support ACORD-compliant, SOAP web service interfaces. The collaboration of four companies, AAA Life, Renkim Corporation, MIB Group, Inc., and PilotFish, Inc., has resulted in the successful implementation and live production operation of the first interface. The initial interface required only 10 person-days of support from PilotFish, Inc.
AAA Life Insurance asked their third-party administrator, Renkim Inc., to add the SOAP web service MIB checking service, WEB-DIRECT, to the direct mail new business and fulfillment process Renkim was currently providing on behalf of AAA Life. “We saw this as an integral part of our initiative to achieve straight-through processing of direct mail life insurance”, said Yvonne Alford, VP Administration for AAA Life.
Renkim needed a way to provide seamless integration between their systems, the MIB and AAA Life. The interface to the MIB utilized the ACORD XML standard and a SOAP web services protocol. “Although we had some experience with the particular technology, we decided not to tackle it in house”, explained Brian Hodge of Renkim. “We always want to make sure that we provide the solution to our end client that is the most cost-effective, timely, high quality and risk-free. We evaluated several alternatives and recommended PilotFish, Inc. to provide the interface based on their exceptional track record performing similar implementations and the fact that they have a close working relationship with the MIB”.
“MIB is proud to be at the forefront of the adoption and implementation of industry standard ACORD XML, ”offered Steve Marshall, Transition Manager for MIB e-Services. “We are committed to the migration of our entire customer base to our WEB Enabled Business Solutions by year-end 2006. Working closely with companies like PilotFish, Inc., that have technical, functional and industry expertise, helps our customers effect a smooth transition to WEB-DIRECT, our ACORD compliant solution for server-to-server access to MIB Services”.
Brian Hodge provided this assessment: “We were able to implement the web services MIB interface and bring it into production with less than 10 person-days of support from PilotFish, Inc. and at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives. We worked side-by-side with their technical representatives and are now completely self-sufficient with regard to supporting the interface on an ongoing basis”.
About MIB Group, Inc.
MIB, Group, Inc., headquartered in Westwood, Massachusetts, is a not-for-profit membership corporation that has served the life insurance industry for over 100 years by detecting and deterring fraud in the procurement of life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. e-Services Corporation is the sales, marketing, and product development division of the MIB Group, Inc. For more information visit www.mib.com.
About AAA Life Insurance Company
Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, AAA Life Insurance Company is owned by several of the largest entities in the American Automobile Association (AAA) organization and serves as the primary life insurance company and marketing headquarters. There are a total of five life insurance companies that comprise the Life Alliance; together the five affiliated life companies have over $36.7 billion of life insurance in force as of December 31, 2004. With over 800,000 people insured, AAA Life’s assets are more than $1.1 billion with capital and surplus of more than $100 million. For more information, visit the AAA Life Web site at https://www.aaalife.com.
About Renkim Corporation
Renkim Corporation is an employee-owned company located in Southgate, Michigan. Established in 1982, Renkim Corporation has been successful by focusing on our customers’ business processes and managing their mission-critical data, documents and communications with an unmatched attention to quality, privacy and security. The primary clients of Renkim Corporation compete in the insurance, automotive, financial and healthcare industries. For more information on Renkim Corporation, please contact Terry Burnett, VP of Sales at (734) 374-8340.
About PilotFish, Inc.
Based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish, Inc. provides comprehensive software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems using ACORD XML standards in 1/20th of the time previously possible. To learn more about PilotFish, Inc. please visit our website or call 860-632-9900.