The Freedom Group Selects Brokat's Java-Based
Rules Management Technology To Facilitate Insurance Processes

   Brokat's Blaze Advisor(TM) Brings Personalization to The FREEDOM Group's
                          Property-Casualty Software

    SAN JOSE, Calif. and WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 25  -- Brokat, a leading provider of software for
e-Business solutions, today announced that The FREEDOM Group, a leading
provider of software and service to the insurance industry and a unit of
Fiserv, Inc., has chosen to integrate Brokat's Blaze Advisor
Solutions Suite(TM) into its line of online insurance systems.
    Advisor, developed by Blaze Software, a Brokat Company, manages a
company's policies, practices, and procedures -- the "business rules" that
define how the business operates in any particular situation.  The FREEDOM
Group will first integrate Brokat's Blaze Advisor in the FREEDOM(R) Claims
Workstation and Policy STAR(TM).  Having Brokat's Blaze Advisor in these two
insurance systems will empower business managers to define and update the
unique rules that control claim management and policy administration at their
companies.  The business people responsible for operational decisions can
implement them in seconds, using intuitive, business-specific Web pages.
    "Business rules are a valuable component of our Claims Workstation and
Policy STAR systems because they automate complex interactions between events
and resulting actions taken," said Jeff West, senior vice president of The
FREEDOM Group Insurance Division.  "Brokat's rules management technology
enables us to meet our customers' needs for customizing systems while
empowering business users.  Customer reliance on programming and IT personnel
decreases since business users can change and add business rules on an
as-needed basis."
    The FREEDOM Claims Workstation is a system that property and casualty
(P&C) insurers, third party administrators, and self-insureds use to process
claims.  The system manages the entire life cycle of a claim.  Based on
customer-specified configuration, the system assigns and distributes claims to
adjusters.  Adjusters use the system to organize their caseloads and
activities.  The FREEDOM Policy STAR application is a browser-based P&C policy
administration system that offers online, real-time capability for all quote
and policy processing functions, as well as a complete client relationship
    In both Claims Workstation and Policy STAR, Brokat's Blaze Advisor was
selected to automate business processes by handling several complex tasks,
including editing and validating input fields, and determining whether a
transaction is allowed.
    "The FREEDOM Group is known for its comprehensive solutions for the
insurance industry.  They have embraced the most powerful and current
technologies for their products, such as Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) component
technology and ACORD XML standards," said Jeff Kilbreth, vice president of
product management and marketing at Blaze Software, a Brokat company.  "We are
pleased to bring advanced customer-specific personalization to their products
with our Blaze Advisor Solutions Suite."
    Brokat's Blaze Advisor is written entirely in Java and is designed to give
e-business applications adaptable and personalized interactions, consistent
across all contact points (Web, mobile devices, kiosks, call centers and

    About Brokat
    Brokat is a leading provider of software for e-Business solutions.  Brokat
provides a family of software infrastructure products including rules
management technology, mobile payment and multi-channel transaction platform,
as well as applications for Internet banking and brokerage.  Brokat customers
include over 2,000 corporations worldwide including Allianz, Bank of America,
Blue Martini, DaimlerChrysler, T-Motion, Fidelity Investments, Mastercard,
IBM, the Swiss Post Office and Sun Microsystems.  Brokat also has strategic
partnerships with industry leaders including Compaq, Intel, IBM, Siemens and
Sun Microsystems.  With dual headquarters in San Jose, California and
Stuttgart, Germany, Brokat employs over 1300 people in 17 countries.  Further
information on Brokat and its products can be found online at

    About The FREEDOM Group
    The FREEDOM Group is a leading provider of software and service to the
property-casualty industry.  Founded in 1986, the company offers systems
handling personal and commercial lines, billing, claims and premium accounting
and reporting.  Outsourcing and consulting services are also available.
FREEDOM is also the largest provider of financial products to both
property-casualty and life companies, with a client base in excess of
2,000 insurance companies.  More information is on the FREEDOM Web site at
    Fiserv, Inc. is an independent, full-service provider of integrated data
processing and information management systems to the financial industry.  As a
leading technology resource, Fiserv serves more than 10,000 financial services
providers worldwide, including banks, broker-dealers, credit unions, financial
planners/investment advisers, insurance companies, mortgage banks and savings
institutions.  Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv also can be
found on the Internet at
    NOTE:  Brokat, Blaze Software, Blaze Advisor, and Blaze Advisor Solutions
Suite are trademarks of Brokat AG or its subsidiaries in the United States and
other countries.  Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.  Other names
are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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