SSL, as part of its business modernisation programme, chose Sequel to help it with data migration, training, provision of a managed application service as well as on-going support. The implementation project started at the beginning of December and went live in late March. Since then it has been used successfully by SSL. This is the seventh managed software service customer Sequel have signed up since 2011.
“Sequel made it easy for us,” says Roger Spicer, CEO, SSL. “We now have an extremely powerful, fast and flexible system which improves our productivity, allows us to quickly and easily create reports and helps us to serve our clients and partners better. Now we have immediate access to information giving us a greatly improved picture of our business. What marked Sequel out was their understanding of our market place and their quality people and systems. The onsite support we received in the first weeks of going live was excellent. Sequel took full responsibility for the data migration including all of the data mapping, the automated conversion and reconciliation assistance. Their support and services are just what we need to move us forward.”
“SSL is an excellent example of a forward thinking broker modernising and improving the quality of their business in this market place,” says Michael Graham, Sales and Marketing Director, Sequel. “When replacing a legacy system, the sensible option is to consider the power and control that a modern managed software service offers.
“Such an arrangement - the kind that offers modern, powerful software and a high level of service - represents a trend in the market place. It provides an ideal way forward to brokers who have previously felt constrained by their legacy systems. It gives them the chance to modernise quickly, to gain the great advantages that powerful systems bring and to fundamentally strengthen their operations all within a matter of months.” Graham concludes.
A managed software service allows a firm to build its business without distraction. Its systems always run on the latest and most powerful version of the chosen software. While maintaining full control and security of its processes and data, the firm outsources the day to day maintenance and servicing of its systems to its specialist software business partner.
SSL is an independent marine, energy and war-risks broker located in London, with a strong spread of insurance and language skills. Founders Andrew Sturdy, Roger Spicer, Edward Leigh, Luca Garbarino and Sian Watson are shareholders.
The company was accredited as a Lloyd’s Broker in April 2003 and was the first new broker allowed by Lloyd’s to start as an independent broker without having to work through an existing Lloyd’s Broker. SSL is now firmly established as a dynamic niche broker in the London Market and the culture is one of energetic enterprise, reinforced through a disciplined approach to business process, thereby delivering a superior service to clients.
Founded in 1993 and headquartered in the City of London, Sequel Business Solutions Ltd (sequel.com) are award-winning insurance and reinsurance software specialists. Sequel’s customers are underwriters, brokers and MGAs within the Lloyd’s, Companies and international insurance/reinsurance sector. The list of customers Sequel has worked with includes:
ACE INA Services UK Ltd
Alterra at Lloyd’s Services Ltd
Argenta Syndicate Management Ltd
Ascot Underwriting Agency Ltd
Berkley Re UK Ltd
BMS Group Ltd
Brit Insurance Holdings Plc
Canopius Managing Agents Ltd
Cobra London Markets Ltd
Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Ltd
Dashwood Brewer & Phipps Ltd
Dual Corporate Risks Ltd
Equinox Global Ltd
Faraday Underwriting Ltd
Global General & Reinsurance Co. Ltd
Jubilee Managing Agency Ltd
Kiln Group Ltd
Markel International Ltd
New India Assurance Company Ltd
Novae Group Plc
Omega Underwriting Ltd
Pioneer Underwriting Ltd
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Plc
Shelbourne Syndicate Management Ltd
SSL Insurance Brokers Ltd
Starr Underwriting Agents Ltd
Willis Group Holdings Ltd
Sequel are known for their industry expertise, professionalism, and track record for delivering successful transformation programmes on time and on budget.
Sequel deliver a powerful suite of software solutions Eclipse - for insurers, reinsurers, brokers, MGAs, coverholders and start ups operating across the Lloyd’s, Companies and international (re)insurance markets.
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Sequel’s products have been designed and developed by our insurance experts, in partnership with underwriters, brokers and MGAs. By combining process efficiencies with innovative analysis and reporting capabilities, Sequel’s products give customers control over their business information so they can make decisions quickly and with confidence, as well as taking market and regulatory changes in their stride.