iPipeline Makes Full-Scale Entry into Japanese Market

  iPipeline Makes Full-Scale Entry into Japanese Market

Provides Japanese Financial Institutions with Advanced Cloud-based Solutions for Insurance and Financial services

iPipeline, the leading provider of next-generation cloud-based solutions for the insurance and financial sectors, announced today that it will make full-scale entry into the Japanese market. iPipeline will open its Japan Office with RTM Ltd., and localize its iGO e-App® (intelligent, fillable electronic application) with other products within its lineup. During the next three years, iPipeline will cultivate and collaborate with technology and sales partners in the Japanese market with the goal of achieving 10% of its worldwide sales in Japan.

Full-scale entry into the Japanese market
iPipeline’s system for life insurance sales is used by 120 insurance companies, 1,200 wholesalers, and over 400,000 agencies in North America, and boasts an overwhelming 57% of the deal volume in the distribution sector.(*) In the insurance industry worldwide, there is a growing shift from paper to online applications and cloud-based solutions, and this is true in the Japanese market as well. Amidst this global trend, iPipeline has decided to make full-scale entry into the Japanese market by implementing the initiatives below.

Opening of Japan Office
RTM has been designated as iPipeline’s representative in Japan, and iPipeline has opened its Japan Office as of today (September 28, 2011) within the RTM location.

Product localization
iGO e-App is scheduled for release in January 2012. iPipeline also plans to release other products sequentially, based on customers’ needs.

Establishment of technology and sales partners
By the end of this year, iPipeline plans to make collaborative arrangements with technology and sales partners, who will handle customization, integration, sales, installation, upgrading, support, and maintenance.

(*)Source: Celent 2010 Insurance Software Deal Trends

About iPipeline’s Products
iPipeline uses a high-speed platform to provide a comprehensive range of product lines via the cloud, including CRM, forms, proposals and estimates, iGO e-App, agency management, online securities, information services, and securities services. iPipeline products simplify and accelerate the management of sales, marketing, and other business processes by insurance companies, wholesalers, and agencies.
The key business benefit achieved by installing iPipeline products is a shorter sales cycle. Insurers in the US who have deployed iGO e-app have reduced the time taken to conclude agreements from 45-60 days to 7-21 days. In addition, iPipeline offers many other advantages, including streamlining access to information in the cloud, higher conversion rates and customer satisfaction, and lower TCO.

For details of iPipeline products, visit: http://www.ipipeline.com/

About iPipeline
iPipeline leads its industry in providing the next-generation suite of software to the insurance and financial services markets through its on-demand service. iPipeline’s award-winning channel solutions for carriers, distributors, and producers automate activities for customer relationship management, forms processing, quotes and illustrations development, agency management, requirements ordering, contracting, content distribution, and policy delivery and servicing, enabling the insurance industry to market, sell, and process faster. iPipeline provides the process automation and seamless integration needed to make a sale by aggregating approximately 120 carriers, 1,200 distributors, and their financial professionals in a single, Web-based environment — the iPipeline Customer Network.

Inquiry on iPipeline and Products
Mr. Higashi, RTM, iPipeline Japan Office
Tel: 03-5572-7041
Fax: 03-5572-7631
Email: takahikh@rtmasia.com
URL:  http://www.ipipeline.com/

Inquiry on this Press Release
Mr. Wakairo, Powered Communications, iPipeline PR Office
Tel: 03-6801-5537
Fax: 03-3812-3202
Email: ipipeline@powered-communications.com