35 Years of IVANS
Leading insurance technology innovation since 1983
We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary and what a rich history it’s been. Here are some of the highlights of IVANS’ 3+ decades as the insurance industry’s exchange connecting insurers, MGAs, agencies, and the insured.
Click through the years below to learn more about IVANS' history.
There are two traits we learned in grade school that make people successful: working hard and being kind. And those two traits are what we look for in new employees at Applied.
As the demand for increased connectivity grows, IVANS remains committed to delivering innovation to further automate service and enable digital business interactions through the industry’s exchange.
Vice President and General Manager of IVANS
By the Numbers
A Sense of Purpose
To revolutionize the global business of insurance through innovative, cloud-based software.
To power the global business of insurance. As the industry’s trusted technology partner, we make possible the core promise of insurance – enabling agents and insurers to safeguard and protect what matters most in people’s lives.
For insurers to drive growth, they must continuously capitalize on existing and new business opportunities, and
agency-insurer connectivity provides
insurers with agency exposure they may not otherwise have achieved.
Vice President of IVANS
To always innovate
Our company was built on innovation and continues to drive the business of insurance.
To lead our industry
We believe in setting the standards by which others aspire to follow.
To exceed expectations
We are committed to excellence and driven by customer success.
To do the right thing
Our actions and decisions are guided by honesty and integrity in doing what is right.
To work with great people
We strive to attract, develop and retain the best talent for our business and our future.
To be results-oriented
We strive to be accountable to both our customers and each other.
We are here ultimately as a company to help safeguard and protect what matters most in people's lives and I think that's a mission that everyone can be connected to and helps you to get up in the morning and come to work trying to
make a difference in the world.
Former CEO of IVANS, a division of Applied Systems
The Next 35 Years and Beyond
While we don’t know all that’s in store for the next 35+ years, what we do know is that IVANS remains unwavering in our commitment to deliver innovative solutions that enable agents, brokers and insurers to compete and thrive in the digital age of insurance.
Ready to let the industry’s most trusted technology partner lead your business
into the digital age?
24/7 Access to Policy-Related Information
The industry’s first batch download interface, IVANS Download, delivers policy-related information from insurers’ systems directly into independent insurance agents’ management system workflows, ensuring agent access to current, accurate information is instantly available throughout underwriting and servicing.
20+ insurers work together to establish a network that is the central exchange for conducting business in the insurance industry electronically. Insurance Value Added Network Services (IVANS) is born.
A Single Exchange for Connectivity
The industry’s first system for converting ACORD XML files to and from ACORD AL3 files in real time, IVANS Real-Time, developed from single entry multiple insurer interface, empowers independent insurance agents to submit policy-related information to multiple insurers via batch upload.
Instant, One-to-Many Communications
ACORD, the organization that establishes and enforces data standards for the U.S. insurance industry, recognizes IVANS with "Download Vendor of the Year" award for its outstanding achievement in ACORD implementation. IVANS continued to be recognized with this award for the next 20 years.
Outstanding Performance in Download Implementations
In 2013, Applied acquires IVANS and Reid French becomes the company’s new CEO and expands IVANS’ product vision to focus on digital connectivity between every stakeholder in the insurance lifecycle – agents,
insurers and insureds.
The Rising Star of IVANS Download
In 2009, eDocs and Messages download (formerly Activity Notes) automates the exchange of policy documentation – declaration pages, cancellation notices and payment information – from insurers’ systems to agencies’ management systems, providing a secure and managed alternative to email, mail and faxes.
ACORD presents the first ever "Upload Vendor of the Year" award to IVANS for having the most total upload implementations during the year. IVANS went on to win this prestigious honor for the next 13 years.
Industry-First Recognition for Upload Implementations
The industry’s first Commercial Lines upload and download using ACORD AL3, ensuring policy data is always up to date and increasing policy writing efficiency by enabling agents to receive download from multiple insurers and MGAs from a single data connection.
IVANS Download for Commercial Lines
IVANS Exchange enables agencies, insurers and MGAs to access, review and effectively manage download connections through a single platform to drive higher productivity and better service across the insurance lifecycle.
A Simpler Way to Manage Download Activity
The industry’s first real-time rating software between insurers and Applied TAM automates quoting by efficiently sending data stored in the agency management system to multiple insurers simultaneously, thereby eliminating the need for agents to visit each individual insurer website or perform other manual, time-consuming steps.
Efficient, Automated Quoting Workflows
IVANS delivers Claims download, enabling insurers to send detailed claims information directly to agencies to keep agents up to date with the claim adjustment and settlement processes.
Automated Claims Service
The industry’s first online market search tool, IVANS Market Appetite, immediately presents agents with a list of insurers, MGAs, and wholesalers with an appetite for their client’s commercial risk, reducing dependency on time-consuming, manual steps traditionally used to find markets.
Innovative Market Search Tool
Another industry-first, IVANS Index provides insight on the latest trends for premium rate renewal change of the most placed commercial lines of business. The market insights enable agencies to better advise clients on expected renewal rates, as well as enable insurers and MGAs to determine competitive rates and the most profitable lines of business for investment.
The Industry’s Only Data-Driven Index
More than 12,000 agencies have uncovered new download connections via IVANS Exchange to drive greater productivity and increase ease of doing business with insurer partners.
12,000 Users and Counting
IVANS reaches more than 32,000 agents in its distribution network, becoming the industry’s largest digital distribution network.
Expanding Network of Distribution
IVANS now supports eDocs and Messages download from Benefits insurers, reducing the time and cost of processing benefits documents.
IVANS Download for Benefits
Number of active
agencies connected to insurers and MGAs
Number of insurer
systems with proven IVANS integration
Number of agency
management systems that integrate with IVANS' open platform