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MI Products on ASP

  1. 1. Application Service Provider (ASP) Newest Trend in Agency Automation Presented by Mark Parrish www.ajasent.com [email_address] 318-397-2527
  2. 2. What is ASP? <ul><li>An ASP is a company that hosts applications on centralized servers. Simply, ASPs are companies that remotely host, manage and deliver computer applications from an offsite location. ASPs exist to reduce or replace the ever-growing IT infrastructure that has taken up substantial resources at larger companies and has created a gulf between them and smaller companies that don't have the same resources. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Types of ASP <ul><li>Application Service Provider </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical Service Provider (VSP) </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Co-Location </li></ul>
  4. 4. History of ASP <ul><li>70’s - ARC </li></ul><ul><li>Banks </li></ul><ul><li>1995 Agena </li></ul><ul><li>FAI Applied </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor data centers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Typical Network Setup
  6. 6. Existing Model - Functions <ul><li>File Server Upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>PC Upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>Software Updates </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Problem Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Backup </li></ul><ul><li>Interface Issues </li></ul><ul><li>In-Office Access Only </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Management </li></ul><ul><li>Manage Security Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Data InputCustomer Service </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Model
  8. 8. New Technology - Functions <ul><li>Data Input Customer Service </li></ul>
  9. 9. ASP Contractual Issues <ul><li>Service Level Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Description of Deliverables </li></ul><ul><li>Proper Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Pricing </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance and Support </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Data Ownership Availability </li></ul><ul><li>Termination and Penalties </li></ul>
  10. 10. ASP Functional Issues <ul><li>Printing! </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>Imaging </li></ul><ul><li>Faxing </li></ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third Party </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of insurance applications </li></ul><ul><li>Interface </li></ul>
  11. 11. Cost to run a local network <ul><li>File Server * </li></ul><ul><li>Workstations * </li></ul><ul><li>Technical staff – full or part time * </li></ul><ul><li>Outside technical support * </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Software purchase * </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor Support </li></ul><ul><li>Downtime * </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity * </li></ul><ul><li>Software implementation * </li></ul>
  12. 12. What does ASP cost? <ul><li>Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citrix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MS Terminal Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SQL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MS Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What does ASP cost? <ul><li>Setup costs - ASP </li></ul><ul><li>Software costs - Vendor </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly user fees – ASP/Vendor </li></ul>
  14. 14. Advantages of ASP <ul><li>Rapidly deploy applications </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Application access to all users, regardless of location or form of network connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Leverages all existing investment in hardware, software and network infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Requires no changes to applications or client hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates capital costs of upgrading PC’s every two or three years </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces bandwidth requirements to a fraction of what would normally be required </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces cost associated with local technical support </li></ul>
  15. 15. Advantages of ASP <ul><li>Provides “best of class” solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Increases “uptime” </li></ul><ul><li>Improves productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates frustrations normally associated with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates “hostage” situation </li></ul><ul><li>Returns focus to your core business </li></ul>
  16. 16. What to look for with provider <ul><li>Insurance background </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Financially Stable </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  17. 17. PingPlotter

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