Presenter: Jason Kolb, DAIS Technology
Application programming interfaces (APIs) allow apps and programs
to talk to each other.
Airbnb is a great example. It is the largest hospitality company
and owns no real estate; Uber is the same with cars. They rely on APIs to
create the interface between the customer and the service provider.
A software developer builds the API based on what you want it to
do and whom you want to connect. Standardization is crucial to make apps work
among the many different players: insurers, users, carriers, different agency
management systems, different customer devices.
Uses: Carriers have developed APIs for use on their own portals.
Independent agents dont really have access to these APIs. But online
Carrier uptake rates for capabilities that rely on APIs are low
except for underwriting and rating.
Clearance: 2 out of 10 have this capability
Underwriting: 7 out of 10 have this capability (gives agencies visibility into underwriting rules and carriers ability to move in and out of markets)
Rating: 7 out of 10 have this (given exposure data, the software can generate a price)
Binding: 2 out of 10 have this capability; if additional data are required to bind, API gives visibility to that data and a way to provide it
Product: 0 out of 10 have this
Claims: 3 out of 10 have this
Loss: 0 out of 10 have this
Billing: 1 out of 10 have this
Using ACTs polling system, Jason posed a few questions to the
audience and received instant answers...
Which workflow aspects create the
biggest amount of waste?
Redundancy between agency and carrier: 26% of respondents chose this
Workflow inefficiency: 26%
Disconnected systems: 13%
Legacy technology: 1%
Data quality: 10%
How can agencies win from APIs? APIs
can help with the following:
What are some data that could be shared without increasing cyber
Anonymized data. If you can share data with your carrier, you could be more
valuable as a partner. But the idea of sharing data didnt sit well with some agents, who
say collecting that data is expensive and they dont want that effort to
benefit those who didnt invest in its collection.
How you can help drive us forward?
Think about how API connectivity will impact your agency.
Contribute to the ACT API working group.
Focus on cyber-security maturity.
Start thinking about data privacy.