Does ISO ERC Deliver the Goods?

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20 September 2018
Karlyn Carnahan

Does cutting workload by 60% and shaving 70% off the time to update ISO rating programs sound good to you? We interviewed five insurers using ISO ERC, and five similar insurers using a more traditional manual methodology, and then compared the two.

Key research questions

  • How are ERC insurers different from traditional insurers?
  • Does the use of ISO ERC result in tangible improvements compared to the traditional methodology for handling product changes?
  • Does the use of ISO ERC result in tangible improvements compared to the traditional methodology for handling product changes?

Abstract

In 2010, ISO released the ISO Electronic Rating Content (ISO ERC). This product allows insurers to ingest loss costs, rules, and forms attachment logic electronically through XML or via direct call to the ERC rating engine. It seems logical that ingesting data electronically will be faster and easier than manual entry, and it seems logical that data that has already been interpreted will cut down on the analysis phase. But we wanted to see if that was true — whether insurers using ISO electronically were indeed reaping the benefits and how much benefit was accruing. Of course, the underlying question is whether it’s worth investing in this kind of technology.

So we decided to take a look and check it out. We interviewed five insurers using ISO ERC, and five similar insurers using a more traditional manual methodology. The interviews were designed to get a deep understanding of their product management process — from the day they are notified that a new circular has been released, to the day the product is live in the market. And then we compared the two looking to understand if the use of ISO ERC results in tangible improvements compared to the traditional methodology for handling product changes.

The results were impressive.

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Insight details

Content Type
Reports
Focus
Benchmarking, Case studies, Digital, Legacy and Ecosystem Transformation
Location
North America