Guidewire Launches DevConnect Developer Integration Environment

The new development environment provides a set of tooling, APIs, business services, and documentation bundled as SDKs that Guidewire’s partners use to build add-ons to InsurancePlatform products.

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Guidewire Software (Foster City, Calif.) has announced the launch of a new ecosystem developer environment, DevConnect, which complements the company’s Marketplace, which the vendor calls the official storefront where more than 350 insurers look for integrated solutions to complement their InsurancePlatform implementations. Guidewire DevConnect provides a set of tooling, APIs, business services, and documentation bundled as software development kits (SDKs) that Guidewire’s PartnerConnect Solution partners use to build add-ons to Guidewire InsurancePlatform products, according to the vendor’s announcement. InsurancePlatform Add-ons built via DevConnect benefit insurers by providing quick access to innovative solutions to help them better run, grow, and differentiate their business, Guidewire says.

Martina Conlon, EVP, Research & Consulting, Novarica.

“Insurers are looking for ways to accelerate the delivery of leading-edge technology capability, whether it is emerging technology, InsurTech, or core systems,”comments Martina Conlon, executive VP,  Research and Consulting and practice leader for property/casualty, Novarica (Boston).“Providing a strong integration framework and plug-and-play access to key solutions enables insurers to more quickly evaluate and deploy those solutions, accelerating their benefits realization.”

“The addition of DevConnect is an exciting evolution of our Marketplace,” comments Anirban Bardalaye, head of Platform Ecosystem and Marketplace, Guidewire. “We are excited to welcome our inaugural group of DevConnect partners, including: Livegenic and Ontellus, and we look forward to making their Add-ons available to our customers.”

Guidewire notes that DevConnect’s initial focus is on claims services providers in the North American market. The vendor says the intiative will evolve to include providers whose applications serve other stages of the insurance lifecycle as well as other geographies.

Guidewire also announced an enhanced Marketplace for insurers with a streamlined user experience including improved search so that insurers can discover new DevConnect enabled Add-ons and integrations more easily.

Strategic Enabler for Combining Third-Party Products

Jim Korcykoski, SVP, Enterprise Chief Technology Officer, Nationwide.

“We are excited about the potential that Guidewire Marketplace and DevConnect provide,” comments Jim Korcykoski, SVP, enterprise chief technology officer, Nationwide (Columbus, Ohio.). “We feel this could be a strategic enabler in helping insurers more readily combine third-party products with their Guidewire core systems.”

DevConnect allows solution providers to do the following, by Guidewire’s description:

  • Surface their innovative capabilities and services seamlessly within the Guidewire applications at the heart of insurers’ operations;
  • Build Add-ons faster, in a dedicated build and test environment, without having to learn intricate details of Guidewire software;
  • Easily publish validated Add-ons to Guidewire Marketplace, ; and
  • Readily serve insurers running various versions of Guidewire products while ensuring full fidelity upgrades thanks to a decoupled architecture.

“DevConnect makes it easier for solution providers to publish validated Add-ons and the improved experience on Marketplace overall makes it easier for insurers to discover, evaluate, and deploy desired Add-ons,” Guidewire’s Bardalaye adds. “This truly sets Guidewire Marketplace apart.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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