Illinois Mutual Licenses PilotFish Technology’s XCS eiPlatform and XCS eiConsole
ACORD XML interfaces are now quick, easy, and elegant
(Eworldwire) June 20, 2006 – PilotFish Technology is pleased to announce that Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company has licensed and implemented the XCS eiPlatform and XCS eiConsole to support the development and deployment of several e-commerce interfaces. Illinois Mutual is the eighteenth company in the last nine months to license the XCS eiPlatform and one of several companies recently selected by PilotFish Technology to participate in the beta testing of its soon to be released, XCS eiConsole. The XCS eiConsole was used to implement the Commission Statement Transmittal ACORD TxLife 1206 interface to BISYS Life Insurance Services and the MIB Request, Response, and Update interface to MIB, Inc.
“We’re thrilled with the XCS eiConsole” remarked Debra Feehan, Vice President, Information Systems Division, Illinois Mutual Life Insurance. “Although it is technically a beta release, it is functionally rich and very stable. We were able to install the software, configure, and deploy, several ACORD XML interfaces into production with less than 10 person-days of support from PilotFish”.
Neil Schappert, President of PilotFish Technology commented, “We are pleased to include Illinois Mutual in phase II of the beta program. Our own consultants have been using the XCS eiConsole internally for about two years to develop and deploy interfaces on behalf of our clients. Working with Illinois Mutual will result in the identification of many new features and enhancements we can add to further improve the product for all of our present and future users”.
Debra Feehan offered this observation, “Most of our expertise is centered on mainframe systems. The nice thing about the XCS eiConsole is, we can use the point, click, drag and drop visual interface to quickly build and deploy interfaces without requiring a lot of expertise in Java, XML, XSLT, or ACORD XML standards. Using this tool, we now have the expertise necessary to web service enable our mainframes and seamlessly integrate with third parties over the Web”.
The XCS eiPlatform is a Java framework deployed to an application server to support the runtime integration of disparate systems using common XML standards.
The XCS eiConsole is the developer’s complement to the XCS eiPlatform. It is a graphical Integrated Development Environment to enable the development, deployment, management, and maintenance of interfaces either running on, or to be run on, the XCS eiPlatform.
About PilotFish Technology
Based in Middletown, CT, PilotFish Technology provides comprehensive software and services to enable the integration of disparate systems using XML standards in 1/20th the time previously possible. To learn more about PilotFish Technology, please visit the website at www.pilotfishtechnology.com or call 860-632-9900.
About Illinois Mutual/p>
Illinois Mutual, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, is a premier provider of disability insurance, life insurance and annuity products. Founded in 1910, the Company conducts business in 47 states through more than 17,500 independent agents, with approximately 200 employees working in the Home Office. Illinois Mutual is ranked 131 in the Top 200 Life Writers in the United States, based on admitted assets and the sixth largest guaranteed renewable disability income provider in the country by A.M. Best, who also recently reaffirmed Illinois Mutual’s A- Excellent rating. To learn more about Illinois Mutual, please visit the website at www.illinoismutual.com
About BISYS Life Insurance Services
BISYS is the nation’s largest independent distributor of life insurance, linking a national network of more than 25,000 financial services professionals with the products manufactured by approximately 175 highly rated insurance companies. BISYS supports the distribution of life, long-term care, disability, and annuity products with the industry’s premier sales and back-office support services, including agent licensing and contracting, sales support, access to an unrivaled product portfolio, advanced case design, application processing, medical underwriting support, and commission reconciliation. BISYS’ technology-based insurance distribution solution, which is equally as efficient for large institutional clients and individual independent agents, also includes the insurance brokerage industry’s most advanced Internet-based capabilities and the pre-eminent administration system that supports all aspects of processing with multiple insurance companies. During fiscal 2005, BISYS brokered the sale of life-related insurance with annual policy premiums of approximately $400 million and annuities representing approximately $1 billion in premiums. BISYS Life Insurance Services is a division of The BISYS Group Inc.’s Insurance Services group.