Ascend Integrates with NowCerts Agency Management System

The integration allows agents to automatically pull customer and policy information directly into Ascend to easily create agency bill payment checkout links with premium financing built-in.

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Ascend (Palo Alto, Calif.) NowCerts (London, Ky.) have announced a collaboration to provide customers with an integrated solution that combines agent workflow management with payments and premium financing.

Praveen Chekuri, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Ascend.

Ascend is an insurance payments platform providing automated all-in-one financing, collections, and payables. NowCerts is a software development company concentrating in the design and implementation of insurance-related solutions. NowCerts offers what it calls a fully functional, affordable, user-friendly insurance agency management system designed with the independent agent in mind.

The integration allows agents to automatically pull customer and policy information directly into Ascend to easily create agency bill payment checkout links with premium financing built-in via Ascend.

“We’ve been interested in integrating our own platform with an AMS for a while now, and NowCerts just seemed like the perfect fit,” says Ascend Co-Founder & Co-CEO Praveen Chekuri. “This level of integration and premium financing workflow process allows us to make agents’ lives better and easier—something we’ve been working on achieving our entire careers. Working with NowCerts brings us one step closer.”

Johnathon Allread, COO, NowCerts.

The joint announcement asserts that the partnership is the first to include both payments and premium financing built into one, cohesive platform/service. In addition to Ascend’s existing nationwide customer base, this integration will serve NowCerts’ current 800+ members.

Solving a Pain Point

“Our focus at NowCerts has always been on centralizing and connecting the insurance workflow,” says Johnathon Allread, COO, NowCerts. “Payments in one of the areas that has proven to be the trickiest due to its out-of-date infrastructure and processing systems. Ascend is solving this pain point. Collaborating with them and their modern approach to insurance payments is what brings our customers one step closer to a truly centralized insurance experience.”

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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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