CDL for Software & ASP Services
In 2005, TEn selected CDL - and its Windows based Strata product - as the software application to support its members, as well as its own back-office functions. The deployment of Strata was/is based on the ASP model and, consequently, all data and documents are held centrally on CDL hosted servers. Perfect for a network such as TEn.
CDL has a pedigree of delivery, development and profitability stretching back over nearly 40 years; factors which weighed heavily in their favour at the time. Other software houses have subsequently disappeared and/or not exactly distinguished themselves running an ASP model.
Also, Strata was, as a product back in 2005, unique in the market for the degree of control that can be brought to bear in respect of data security, particularly in terms of what different people can see, amend or create. These features were essential prerequisites for TEn.
Unlike a national broker with branches, on which model TEn is substantially based, in the TEn context it is vital that these ‘branches’ do not have access to one another’s information, whilst simultaneously running the whole operation on a single database and with consolidated insurer accounts; thus allowing TEn’s back-office staff access to data and tasks that they are designated to handle.
During 2018, it is likely that many of our Strata users with a Personal Lines orientation will migrate to the new Echelon system from CDL. Essentially, Echelon is Strata with a beautiful new front-end.
Find at: www.cdl.co.uk
Acturis for Software & ASP Services
From January 2014, TEn added Acturis as an alternatives broking software platform for its members, in addition to CDL Strata.
TEn recognises that when it comes to software solutions, one size does not necessarily fit all; and Acturis may very well represent a more appropriate match for some of our members. Also, an increasing number of new and prospective network applicants come from backgrounds more familiar with the Acturis application in their past lives.
Consequently, TEn responded to the need not to burden new broking firms with additional software training at the commencement of independent trading, by insisting they adopt a TEn legacy system, with which they are unfamiliar.
TEn regards Acturis as a provider of at least equal quality and stability - both financially and technologically - when compared to CDL.
Find at: www.acturis.co.uk
Close Premium Finance
TEn’s choice of Premium Finance partner probably needs not a lot of further explanation or justification; however, it is perhaps not a bad idea to expand a little on the significance of Premium Financing to TEn at this stage.
Premium Finance is, on one level, simply a means by which instalment premiums can be collected. On another level, it is also a way in which the time consuming activity of collecting client monies can be outsourced to a specialist organisation that has the process work out… down to a fine art.
Find at: www.closepf.com
In 2004, TEn needed a local company to design its first web presence before it went to market. Active MediaForge’s response to a challenge and its attention to detail paved the way for a strong relationship to this day. As TEn grew, AMF remained innovative and resourceful in its delivery of our content management systems and bespoke web applications – the latest addition to TEn’s website family is findbroker.insure.
Find at: www.activemediaforge.co.uk
Insurance Compliance Services Ltd.
Founded in 2002, Insurance Compliance Services (ICS) focuses on providing ‘hands-on’ FCA compliance consultancy for intermediaries and underwriters; whereas, other participants in this market have tended to specialise in ‘distance learning’ forms of documentation and instruction.
The ICS approach is to engage the services of a network of associates around the country, whose regular visits to ICS customers guides them though the steps they should take constantly to reduce the risk of failure in the maintenance of compliant standards.
ICS was selected by TEn both by virtue of some close personal relationships stretching back over 25 years and because of the quality of their service.
Find at: www.insurancecompliance.co.uk