HDI-Gerling America Chooses Oceanwide Bridge to Support Rapid Growth

The HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG subsidiary will implement Bridge for its commercial property line of business later this year, and other lines of business will follow.


HDI-Gerling America Insurance Company (Chicago), a subsidiary of HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG of Hannover, Germany, has selected the Oceanwide (Montreal) Bridge policy administration, rating and quoting platform to support rapid growth, greater efficiency and regulatory compliance benefits through modernization. HDI-Gerling America will implement Bridge for its commercial property line of business later this year, and other lines of business will follow.

HDI-Gerling America, which writes property, general liability, umbrella, inland marine and ocean marine in all 50 states, conducted a complex requirements-gathering and selection process, during which more than ten systems and vendors were evaluated.

“We selected Oceanwide and Bridge because of the flexibility of the system,” comments Jim Clark, chief underwriting officer and senior VP, HDI-Gerling America. “And, we knew down the road this was the right system if we wanted to be able to maintain existing products and configure new products and lines of business ourselves. It was a pretty simple decision for us. We’re going from a manual environment to an automated system where Bridge will keep track of all our rating in the background, make sure we are using the proper forms and rates, and give us more flexibility for the future.”

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Oceanwide describes the Bridge system as streamlining processing for P&C insurers, brokers, and MGAs, and in addition to core administration (policy, billing and claims), includes modules for rating, document/policy production, workflow management, and business intelligence (BI), as well as agent and consumer portals. The system is designed to enable a high degree of self-sufficiency for insurers.

Easily Configurable by Business Users

Bridge is easily configured by business users, and features an intuitive user interface (UI), according to an HDI-Gerling America source.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by HDI-Gerling America, says Mitchell Wasserman, CEO, Oceanwide. “The most successful partnerships are those that let each company shine in terms of core competencies. Our technology will provide HDI-Gerling with the efficiencies they were looking for while enabling them to successfully compete in the insurance market today and tomorrow. We look forward to a long and productive relationship.”



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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