Bodymaster links to Zurich
Bodymaster UK has written a link for its repair estimating system Bodymaster, so that it can still be used by repairers on the Zurich network. Zurich, which recently merged with Eagle Star, chose to use the alternative Motex system. "The authorised Zurich bodyshops were expressing dismay at the need to manually re-key the estimate into Bodymaster and we were pleased to react quickly and develop a link which would make this unnecessary," said Kelly Waters, Bodymaster's operations director. With the launch of the Motex link Bodymaster users can now create estimates on four systems – Bodymaster, Glassmatix II or III, Motex and Audatex.

CMG joins up with Macalla
IT services company CMG has formed an alliance with Macalla Software, a developer of middleware-based technology such as frameworks, and financial components for financial markets. The companies believe the move will enable them to provide a wider range of multi-channel broking solutions. Meanwhile, CMG has also acquired Eurasoft SA, a Paris-based information systems company. To the year end December 31, 1998, Eurasoft's turnover was £1.46 million. The total consideration, which will be paid in cash, is £3.28m.

IT guide from markets
Lloyd's and London insurance markets' procurement department, IT Direct, has produced a new services guide. The guide provides a general introduction to all IT Direct's partners across a spectrum of hardware and software suppliers, consultancy, recruitment, training, e-commerce and services and applications.

Brown pushes the internet
Leading Lloyd's underwriter and CII president, Reg Brown, has urged the insurance industry to seize opportunities to provide cover for the "exploding world of the internet and e-commerce". Speaking at a Biba and Society of Fellows joint seminar in Warrington, Brown said: "The internet is a really great opportunity for those who are innovative risk-takers within the insurance industry to capitalise and make money. "It is not often that a whole new type of insurance is required. I hope the insurance industry is up to the challenge."

eNterprise enters the fray
Internet company, eNterprise Internet Services has been launched by Paul Saffer, ex-director of insurance software firms, EPG, Rebus and NetSoft. The new City-based firm is already working with a number of commercial lines insurance providers to help them deploy e-commerce distribution channels.