The conversion of pensions to annuities is becoming an increasingly complex endeavor, involving both risk underwriting and assessment of a policyholder's retirement needs. To guide customers through the process, the Friends Life platform will adapt a set of questions tailored to each policyholder. FICO Blaze Advisor will make it easier for Friends Life to change both the underwriting process and the price of the annuity in order to offer the customer as competitive a solution as possible.
"The approach to retirement is a critical decision point for our customers as they determine how to convert their pension funds into annuities," said David Still, Managing Director of Retirement Income at Friends Life. "We want to make use of the most advanced tools possible to ensure our customers make informed decisions that optimize their annuity. We're confident that FICO Blaze Advisor provides us with market leading technology that will enable us to achieve this and grow our business successfully."
"Insurers are driven to provide world-class customer service as a way to improve customer loyalty and ultimately increase customer retention," said Hayley Kershaw, vice president and managing director for FICO in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). "The result of this incredible focus on customer service is a recognition that smarter, configurable systems are needed that can comfortably co-exist with legacy platforms or, ideally, facilitate legacy modernization. Friends Life is creating a smarter platform for building its annuities business while adopting a business rules system that can serve multiple purposes."
FICO® Blaze Advisor® provides companies across industries with a scalable solution that delivers unprecedented speed and agility in the deployment and management of high-volume, automated decisions. FICO Blaze Advisor enables business users to easily design, deploy, execute and maintain business rules and policies as part of an automated business application. The software is widely used in the insurance industry worldwide, in areas such as underwriting, fraud detection, policy renewals and asset management.
Friends Life provides pensions, investments and insurance for over five million customers.
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