eiConsole for Property & Casualty (P&C) vs General Integration Tools
Use this chart to see how your integration solution stacks up to the award-winning eiConsole for Insurance.
|eiConsole||Non-Insurance Specific Tools (NIT)||Impact|
|Ability to read in ACORD XSD and Metadata with a few mouse clicks.||Unable to read ACORD MetaData file eliminating critical documentation necessary to map fields to the ACORD schema.||Thousands of hours|
|Ability to read in the AL3 file definitions including associated documentation.||Unable to read spreadsheets or documentation requiring manual re-keying of information.||Thousands of hours|
|Ability to search the ACORD and AL3 description and definitions from within the eiConsole Integrated Development Environment (IDE).||With Non-Insurance Specific Tools, you would have to leave the development environment to use other tools and then once the appropriate matching field is found, manually input the data.||Thousands of hours|
|Templates for all of the ACORD transactions.||Limited or no templates are available.||Thousands of hours|
|Ability to import Source or Target XML formats as templates in the Data Mapper Component.||Not available. The XSLT has to be manually created.||Thousands of hours|
|Support for mapping to recursive elements.
For example, multiple Parties differentiated by Role.
|NIT only allows one-to-one relationships between the source and target data, which is usually accomplished by connecting lines.||Thousands of hours (in some cases this has caused the project to fail)|
|Availability of a growing library of pre-configured interfaces.||Not available.||Thousands of hours|
|Support from insurance industry experts.||Usually not available.||Hundreds of hours|
|Simple upgrade from one release of ACORD to another using the XSD/Metadata or XLS import feature.||Since NIT can’t support the import of the MetaData, it also can’t support upgrades from one release to another.||Hundreds of hours|
|Built-in support for P&C Codelists.||NIT can’t read the MetaData file; therefore all of the Typecodes have to be input manually. There are thousands of them.||Thousands of hours|
|Ability to extend and save the ACORD Schema by automating the ACORD prescribed approach.||A manual process.||Hundreds of hours|
|Ability to “slice” the ACORD schema to create subschemas for specific transactions.||Unavailable from NIT. (ACORD recently licensed the eiConsole to use this feature).||Hundreds of hours|
|Ability to transform the AL3 data to an XSD and reuse it.||Typically not available. A manual process.||Hundreds of hours|
|All output is non-proprietary W3C compliant (XML and XSLT) and can be maintained without the eiConsole.||Data mapping typically uses proprietary languages and requires the use of the proprietary tools to maintain the interfaces.||The cost of being “locked in” to a vendor|
|Infrastructure agnostic – Platform, operating system, database, communication protocol and application server independent.||Often infrastructure dependent.||Depends on infrastructure|
|Ability to import into Data Mapper any source and target formats. For example: XSD, XML, VSAM, DDL, ACORD, and AL3.||Usually limited. Not available.||Hundreds of hours|
|Ability to manage (find, filter, sort) all of the interfaces||Not available.||Hundreds/thousands of hours|