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Polaris extends outsourcing partnership with CGI for ProductWriter until 2024

New agreement builds on 21-year relationship with focus on innovation to support insurers’ evolving business needs

London, United Kingdom, 15 May 2018 -  

CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) is pleased to announce the seven year extension of its contract with Polaris to provide consultancy and support for  the ProductWriter rating and product definition tool-set; including the delivery of a new, hosted proposition – ProductWriter (PW) Cloud. ProductWriter is the most widely used rating solution in the UK, supporting all business lines with some clients using it to provide over 80 million quotes daily. Even at such high volumes, ProductWriter clients experience response times of less than 0.2 of a second, making ProductWriter the best performing underwriting and rating engine in the UK.

The new PW Cloud service will enable insurers to focus on innovation and speed to market, as well as making ProductWriter even more accessible for new market entrants. The securely hosted Microsoft Azure cloud-based service will also simplify ProductWriter use and maintenance, especially for those end users who presently have multiple and different infrastructure environments.  CGI will carry out all future software upgrades for PW Cloud clients. 

Martin McLachlan, Managing Director at Polaris said: “CGI has continually delivered very high quality support for ProductWriter - which is vital to the UK insurance market and CGI’s very successful long term track record was a key factor in our decision to extend the contract. Our continuous development of ProductWriter, including PW Cloud, will help meet the changing and complex needs of our clients – some of whom have a considerable dependency on the ProductWriter rating engine.”

Neil Sadler Vice President of Financial Services at CGI in the UK said: “Our long-term partnership with Polaris has created an industry leading rating engine for the UK insurance market.  The pressure on insurers to deliver new products quickly and to support rapid rate updates with full rating auditability continues to intensify and PW Cloud will offer a more agile, flexible environment.”

CGI will continue to work with Polaris to build functionality that allows easy enrichment and rate updates without requiring complex third party integrations. These changes increase the rating accuracy with fine-grain underwriting capability and reductions in the time taken to get updates to market. CGI has already enabled the rating engine to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to refine the rating calculations and, with future developments, will expand this capability”.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firm in the world. With 73,000 professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from IT and business consulting to systems integration, outsourcing services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. With annual revenue of C$10.8 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

For more information

Jenny McGowan
UK External Communications
jenny.mcgowan@cgi.com
+44 7771 815428