PowerTerm Host Publisher to Web enable Beacon Insurance Group's AS/400 Legacy system
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PowerTerm Host Publisher is the e-Business solution for AS/400


Hackensack, NJ April 2001...Ericom Software, Inc. announces that Beacon Insurance Group, a Property & Casualty insurance company serving over 450 agents in Texas, has chosen PowerTerm Host Publisher to Web enable their AS/400 Legacy system. Beacon is growing; they have recently been licensed to sell in Tennessee and Arkansas. To support this growth, the Beacon web application, www.insurancebybeacon.com (IBB), must provide agents in those new states with a rating engine. The IT group used Ericom's PowerTerm Host Publisher to access the AS/400 legacy system rating engine and policy processing functions.

PowerTerm Host Publisher can extract information from the widest range of computing environments and databases, and enables companies to use the latest technologies, such as the Web, Wireless devices and XML. Unlike other solutions, an operational e-business application can be created in just days or weeks, instead of months, using PowerTerm Host Publisher. Host Publisher allowed Beacon Insurance Company to Web enable their legacy applications when exposing business transactions on the Internet. By using PowerTerm Host Publisher, Beacon Insurance benefits from having a Web presence, while preserving the stability and reliability of their existing computing systems.

The agents can now provide instant quotes for their insured. By using PowerTerm Host Publisher, Beacon is able to issue Binder Policies, enter claims, and accept direct online bill payments with immediate updates to the AS/400 legacy system. Beacon was provided with an e-Business integration suite which allows the bridge between two totally different technologies (an old AS/400 internal system and their new Web application). Ericom's technology saved Beacon a lot of money and development time and enabled Beacon the fastest time-to-market solution with their new Web application.

Barbara Hitz, Director of Internet Technology for Beacon Insurance Group states, "We looked at several of these types of products. Host Publisher took the least amount of time to set up. The Application Wizard automated the tedious script writing process. What would normally take hours to code and test, took less than half of an hour." Barbara continues, "What could have taken up to a year, will be done in less than a quarter."

Beacon Insurance Group is a Property & Casualty insurance company serving over 450 agents in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas. Beacon Insurance provides property and casualty insurance for auto, homeowners, farm & ranch, and commercial business. Beacon offers personal service through knowledgeable Customer Service associates and Beacon agents.