“It’s easy to author rules with InRule, and non-technical people can understand
it. Because you can build rule by rule, a complex system is not overwhelming.” Cathy
Quirk Project Manager Aon
Aon Corporation is one of the world’s leading providers of risk management services,
insurance and specialty insurance underwriting. Aon is reducing application development
and maintenance costs for a custom policy management system by using InRule to encode,
verify, and maintain the core application decision logic.
Aon provides insurance for a broad range of industries. From Sporting Events to
Fine Arts, from Entertainment to Mortgage Bankers, each business faces risks that
are unique to it alone. Aon provides insurance programs that protect against loss
exposures unique to each industry.
Aon provides innovative solutions in insurance and risk management, human capital
consulting, and insurance underwriting. · Headquartered in Chicago, with over 55,000
There are no standard insurance applications available that satisfy the unique needs
of each industry, and customizing a turnkey application would be cost prohibitive.
As a result, Aon developed WinBroker II, their own .NET application that handles
accounting, policy management and issuance, reporting, underwriting, rating, and
claims. Rules authored in InRule are used extensively in WinBroker II for such things
as complex calculations for rating and business logic for underwriting and policy
Using InRule, business people with a background in each industry can create the
necessary unique rules. InRule Technology
Enhancing Development and Maintenance Efforts
Aon has been very pleased with the impact InRule has had on their development efforts.
“InRule makes it easy to author rules, and nontechnical people can understand it,”
said Cathy Quirk, a project manager for WinBroker II. ”Because you can build rule
by rule, a complex system is not overwhelming.”
InRule gives users the ability to easily define the graphical user interface for
the rating capture screens, which are rendered dynamically at run time based on
the context of data entered. “It was easy to integrate the user interface. It made
a world of difference!” said Cathy. She has also been impressed with the speed of
InRule applications in production. “The performance is great!”
Industry-Specific Rating and Policy Issuance
- Aon has created Global Practice Groups across several specialfocus industries to
completely serve their specific risk management needs.
- WinBroker II implements industry-specific rules with InRule for Fine Arts, Mortgage
Banking, and Sports and Entertainment.
In addition, InRule has helped ease Aon’s maintenance efforts. Aon can implement
updates to rules very quickly, and moving rules into production is considered a
Use of InRule is Growing
Aon’s use of InRule is growing as other groups begin to adopt it. InRule has been
used in a Web-service application for business automobile underwriting, and Aon’s
Sports, Leisure, and Entertainment division in the UK recently began using InRule
within an underwriting application.
InRule’s component-based architecture is enabling Aon to implement a Smart Client
architecture, in which rules can be executed where needed: on the server, locally
on a desktop, or on a disconnected laptop.
InRule is also helping Aon improve the visibility of their business rules. Key decision
makers and auditing groups can search, report,and inspect the rules that govern
their core decision logic.
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