Vertafore Debuts Desktop-as-a-Service Solution to Increase Mobility and Business Agility

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Efficient cloud desktop provisioning and managed services helps agencies, carries and MGAs reduce IT Cost and Operational Burdens

Vertafore, the leading provider of software that transforms the business of insurance, today introduced an innovative Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering that helps insurance agencies migrate and manage their insurance business in the cloud. Designed to eliminate the high cost of maintaining existing PCs and desktops, as well as alleviate numerous IT challenges associated with on-premises hardware, Vertafore’s DaaS offering empowers agencies with a comprehensive, cloud-based PC management solution. With DaaS, Vertafore customers can now access cloud-based desktops and programs from virtually any computer, browser or device - including tablets or smartphones.

Businesses across the globe are struggling with aging desktop infrastructure that is proving to be a major hindrance in accelerating business growth. As a result, the global hosted virtual desktop market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 63.7 percent from 2013-2018, according to Research and Markets. The impact of legacy, on-premises PC and desktop hardware echoes loudly in the insurance industry. In fact, a recent Aberdeen report found that 34% of respondents cite the cost of supporting traditional desktop solutions is becoming too expensive to maintain. As a result, the burdens of employing a dedicated IT staff to manage PC maintenance, replacement, repair, patching, upgrades and security are increasingly pushing insurers towards virtual desktops, or DaaS solutions.

“Provisioning a user with a virtual desktop through Vertafore was a seamless experience for us. With a single request to a Vertafore DaaS specialist, the provisioning was completed perfectly the first time around and in the required time” says Carl Gerson, Agency Principal at Declaration Brokerage. “With Vertafore's DaaS offering, I am able to forecast to the dollar amount—the cost of provisioning desktop and application resources to bring a user on board with all the associated technology that accompanies our agency growth. Startup costs and ongoing costs are very affordable and predictable to a per-user level. “

"Having our PCs and Servers proactively backed up as part of Vertafore's DaaS Managed Service offering provides us with peace of mind. We no longer have to worry about disaster readiness and reactively managing servers, and can rest easy knowing that our agency is on a cost-efficient solution that helps us focus on productivity and selling insurance” says Andrew Maceda, Jr, a Lead Systems Administrator at The Coughlin Group.

Vertafore’s DaaS offering enables agents to retain their own personal desktop operating system and application experience, while secured and managed by Vertafore’s specialists on the Amazon cloud. As agencies continually opt to move their desktops to the cloud for reasons such as security, manageability, and financial purposes, DaaS is helping agencies maintain and update any and all hosted desktop requirements – such as software updates, configuration, and password management. Best suited for independent agencies at their threshold with desktop and hardware capital expenses, or for those considering a technology upgrade, the service reduces the ample resources devoted to technology management and frees up valuable time for agencies to focus on driving business growth. Vertafore offers this solution to all agencies, regardless of what agency management system they use.

“The cost of DaaS technology is now less than buying a PC. Modern agencies have an opportunity to reallocate significant funds to enhance more critical agency operations,” said Steven Finch, VP of Strategic Solutions. “We provide a comprehensive portfolio of cloud services to help agencies and other insurance businesses easily transition their desktops or other business critical software to the cloud. Vertafore’s DaaS offering is a simple, secure and effective step in embracing cloud technologies, and allows agencies to free themselves from the grips of the PC stronghold.”

For more info on Vertafore’s DaaS product, please visit the company’s webpage.

About Vertafore
Vertafore delivers cloud-based insurance software and services that transform the business of insurance. With the largest customer-base in the industry, more than 20,000 agencies and carriers leverage Vertafore’s insurance solutions that are built on today’s most advanced cloud, mobile, and information technology platforms. Only Vertafore offers the most complete portfolio of solutions for agencies and carriers to drive efficiencies and increase profitability – including agency management, rating and connectivity, content management and workflow, information solutions and producer lifecycle management. For more information about Vertafore, visit http://www.vertafore.com and follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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