United Fire Group (UFG) began as the dream of one man. And over the past 65 years, it has grown into a publicly traded, multibillion-dollar property, casualty, and life insurance carrier. The company's property and casualty insurance business is licensed in 43 states – plus the District of Columbia – and represented by approximately 1,300 independent agencies. As a life insurer, UFG sells in 36 states represented by more than 900 independent life agencies.
Because it operates in a highly competitive space, UFG is always looking for new opportunities to differentiate itself and respond more effectively to agent and consumer demands. And while developing unique products and providing superior customer service have been major ingredients in UFG's formula for success from the beginning, the company realized that new levels of agility and speed to market would be key if it wanted to continue meeting customer demands for 24x7, modern, innovative services.
"Our changing business environment introduces the need for additional information to be captured and processed, as well as the need to enable process changes and enhance how we interact with business partners and clients," explains Scott Minkel, Vice President of information Services.
That's why UFG decided to take its application development capabilities to the next level with Unisys Agile Business Suite (AB Suite). "Agile Business Suite allows us to respond to these requests in a more efficient manner," says Minkel.
- Cost savings: Ability for IT to operate at a 25% lower cost than industry peers and maintain a significant volume of applications with a staff of just 15-17 EAE/AB Suite developers
- Agility: Ability to quickly and cost-effectively enhance and maintain custom-developed core insurance applications in the face of changing business demands
- Productivity: Modern, model-driven development environment supports the efficient design, development, generation, and ongoing maintenance of high-performance enterprise applications
- Business goals: Better positioned to provide support for superior products and services and move toward service-oriented architecture (SOA) and object-oriented programming