Central Insurance and Intelligent Environments Win Internet Excellence Award; Legacy-to-Web Technology Instrumental in Conducting Online Business

Central Insurance and Intelligent Environments Win Internet Excellence Award; Legacy-to-Web Technology Instrumental in Conducting Online Business

BURLINGTON, Mass./VAN WERT, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 28, 1999–

Central Insurance Companies, a provider of homeowner, automobile and commercial policies, and Intelligent Environments, a specialist provider of Web-enabled enterprise legacy integration tools and services, today announced that they have been awarded Technology New Jersey’s Internet Excellence award, as a result of the innovative development of Central Insurance’s Web site.

The Internet Excellence Award recognizes the top 50 companies and organizations that have created and implemented a leading-edge Web site or e-commerce site that embodies the best the Internet has to offer. “Any company or organization that has demonstrated creativity and technical innovation in ways that place them above their peers is eligible for the Internet Excellence Award,” said Grace Polhemus, president of Technology New Jersey.

Central Insurance Companies, a division of Central Mutual with operations in 15 states, writes automobile, homeowners, and commercial policies. The company’s Web site is utilized by more than 600 independent agents to quickly execute commercial policy transactions. Intelligent Environments helped Central created an environment where the agent would type the policy information into this system, transmit it to company headquarters, and have the requested policy quote migrate back to the agent quickly, all without human intervention. Prior to implementing the new application, it typically took 10 days to receive a commercial policy quotation. With the new application, the turn around time on these quotations has been reduced to 15 minutes. By utilizing Intelligent Environments’ Amazon legacy integration product, enabling the integration of mainframe data with the Web, agents can now obtain a quote within minutes versus days.

In addition, through Amazon, Central is now able to build new applications and offer new services to agents and customers, thereby increasing the number of policies that are placed. Central is currently building an application that will allow agents to modify any quote that has already been submitted, as well as make inquiries into a customer’s billing status and file a claim – all in real time.

“It is no surprise that the Internet can completely revolutionize a company’s business practices,” states Timm Vonu, president of Intelligent Environments. “We are excited to be able to enable these companies to bring their existing legacy investments to the power of the Web.

About Intelligent Environments

Intelligent Environments (http://www.legacytoweb.com) improves customer service by integrating computer systems using Internet and object technology. The company’s integration products and advanced technology services have enabled clients in the financial services, telecommunications, utilities, distribution, travel, and retail industries to deploy business-critical applications through the power of the Internet, Java, and object technology. From locations in Burlington, MA, Deerfield, Illinois, and London, England, the company distributes its products in 20 countries and has sold over 10,000 licenses worldwide. Founded in 1985, Intelligent Environments is a public company, quoted on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) as IEN.

Technology New Jersey

Technology New Jersey is a non-profit association serving as a network and forum to foster better understanding of technology and its application. For more information please visit our web site, http://www.technologynj.org or call Grace Polhemus at 609/419-4444.

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