EQC is a government-owned Crown Entity responsible for providing residential natural disaster insurance coverage throughout New Zealand. To function at its best EQC needs a single claims system with flexible functionality, which is easy to use - and has a short learning curve for new users.
Its previous claims management system was nearing the end of its lifespan and could not provide the functionality and flexibility that met the Commission’s strategic direction. EQC sought to improve its claims capabilities with an “anytime/anywhere” web-based claims system that was easily accessible by a remote workforce – regardless of their location - and could instantly scale as its business demanded. EQC’s claims volume can surge from an average of 3,000- 4,000 claims annually to 100,000-200,000 in the event of a large-scale natural disaster in an urban area.
EQC selected IBM to lead this strategic claims project which included solution design and development as well as software selection, configuration and deployment. After extensive and careful evaluation, IBM had selected Guidewire ClaimCenter because it is a proven, modern, end-to-end claims management system that can be readily configured to meet EQC’s specific requirements. EQC also selected IBM to host and manage their ClaimCenter Implementation for an initial term of 10 years.
“We found the Guidewire application to be easy to configure and straightforward to implement and integrate with EQC’s other systems,” said Bill Doak, IBM global business services partner, Asia-Pacific. “This is a great example of IBM’s ability to provide software-as-a-service and it highlights the real value proposition IBM provide clients.”
The result is proving to be an ideal fit for EQC. “Our adjusters, claims staff and managers absolutely love the system and all the functionality improvements that have come with it,” says EQC’s insurance manager Lance Dixon. “ClaimCenter’s electronic claim file, and online notes, keeps everyone updated on a claim’s status, freeing the adjuster to focus on managing the EQC/claimant relationship instead of continuously providing status reports.”
An aspect of EQC’s implementation, and a good example of ClaimCenter’s flexibility, is the integration of ClaimCenter's catastrophe management functionality with GeoNet, a New Zealand Government organization that details all earthquake activity in New Zealand and the integration of ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS). When an earthquake occurs in New Zealand, GeoNet seismographs record the event and send earthquake event details to EQC who create a new event in ClaimCenter. Then a boundary is automatically drawn by the GIS so that relevant claims within the boundary can be automatically linked to that event. Events of significant magnitude result in event work plan creation and the set-up and assignment of property inspection teams, including remote offices (EQC is a single site organization with just 23 staff) to manage claims for the specific event.
The IBM-configured ClaimCenter system is providing EQC the ability to:
In addition, and a world first, EQC has integrated ESRI’s ArcGIS Server within ClaimCenter to:-
“ IBM ’ s global
depth and breadth of expertise proved invaluable in developing the right
solution for EQC and we commend IBM for being the first Guidewire
Alliances partner outside of North America to successfully implement
ClaimCenter, ” said Ian Tavener, vice
president, International Operations, Guidewire Software. “ We
are also very proud that our technology is playing a key role in EQC ’ s
claims business and helping them to better serve the people of New