Rebus secures Quincy deal

Rebus secures Quincy deal
Rebus Insurance Systems has won a deal to provide IT systems and consultancy to Quincy Mutual, a new London market reinsurance company which was launched late last year. The reinsurer selected Rebus' International Reinsurance and Insurance System (IRIS). John Warwick, general manager at Quincy, said the key factor in his company's choice was Rebus' user group. This is a group of insurance companies that collectively decides which technologies should be incorporated.

Taskforce 2000 calls it a day
Taskforce 2000 will cease operations on January 31, 2000. The organisation was set up as a Y2K risk reduction consultancy. Despite there being no serious problems with the date change, Taskforce 2000 departed with a warning against complacency. Executive director Robin Guenier said: "There is no question that danger still lurks. There have been thousands of millennium bug problems since the New Year and there will be more."

Interactive future for call centres
Call centres that cannot handle both internet and television enquiries will be obsolete in two years, a Cable and Wireless seminar was told. Paul Broome, director of group IT at Loot, the free advertisements paper said: "The chief driver behind the migration to on-line services and interactive TV is cost reduction. Given that scenario, the switch to more automated channels to market has become inevitable."

Eclipse helps LSR go on-line
New internet insurance quotation company Eclipse has developed its first on-line system for London market insurer, London Special Risks (LSR). The system is an automated quote package for LSR. It automatically underwrites LSR's US employers' liability product. Eclipse is now speaking to two Lloyd's syndicates and planning to start marketing itself at Lloyd's.

Trinity puts $3m into Norkom
Norkom Technologies, a provider of customer relationship management systems has just received an equity investment of $3 million (£1.8m) from Trinity Venture Capital. Norkom provides CRM to a number of industries including insurance. The latest investment values Norkom at about $47m (£28.2m).

IIB set to unveil e-commerce plan
The IIB is to present its new e-commerce initiative,, to brokers in Birmingham on March 29. Director general Andrew Paddick is promising a fully interactive, complete trading system.