IBM and Innovation Group Open New Innovation Center in India; New Center Helps Insurance Companies Transform their Business

    BANGALORE, INDIA, & NEWTON, MASS., September 6 /CNW/ - IBM (NYSE:   IBM)
and Innovation Group (LSE: TIG) today opened a new Innovation Center for
Global Insurance in Bangalore, India. The new center will help the companies
innovate on next generation core systems, develop new business models, and tap
emerging technologies to create competitive advantage and improve the customer

    Based at IBM's Bangalore campus, the new center provides clients with
access to hardware, software, and services including IBM System z mainframes,
IBM Information Server and DB2 Data Server software, and Innovation Group's
Innovation Policy and Innovation Claims insurance applications that deliver
high quality, low-risk, and cost effective solutions for the enterprise.

    "The Innovation Center and the increased focus on our IBM relationship is
a response to the success of the partnership in the last 24 months. Our
current and prospective customers appreciate the provision of deeper
capabilities and the flexibility we offer together in serving the global
insurance market. The acceleration of our relationship has been in direct
response to our joint customers as well as demand from prospective clients for
Claims and Policy Administration Solutions in many key markets," said Ed
Ossie, President of Innovation Group.

    In 2005 the companies entered a five-year agreement to create a new
client-focused global delivery center and strengthen client site capabilities
in key markets. The new center 'builds on the original agreement and IBM and
Innovation Group will increase joint staffing levels in Bangalore and across
other sales regions throughout 2007 to streamline delivery capabilities and
meet the growing demand for mainframe-based core systems.

    "Insurance companies require core systems that are open, flexible,
scalable and secure," said Norbert Dick, General Manager, Insurance Industry,
IBM. "The combination of IBM and Innovation Group technologies coupled with
IBM's systems integration leadership will help joint clients achieve a single
view of their customers, lower operating costs, and streamline risk management
across the enterprise."

    "Globally, insurers have over 40 technology vendors to consider when
replacing their claims or policy administration solution. Having an
established sales and delivery partnership between a system integrator and
vendor is an important consideration for insurers who look to them to support
those processes," said Stephen Forte, a principal research analyst in
Gartner's insurance practice.

    For more information about IBM insurance solutions, visit

    About Innovation Group

    Innovation Group plc (Innovation or Group) provides outsourcing services
and software solutions to insurers and other risk carriers. The software
solutions are designed for the handling of policy and claims administrative
processes within the insurance industry. The solutions can be utilized in
connection with the Group's outsourcing operations or implemented on a
stand-alone basis. 76% of the Innovation Group's total revenues are now
recurring with the remainder coming from the sale and support of its software
solutions. The Group provides software and outsourcing services on a
non-branded basis and does not perform insurance underwriting functions.

    The general BPO market is currently forecasted to outpace other IT
services. In North America, BPO is estimated to grow by an 8.8% compound
annual growth rate to $100 billion by 2009. Gartner 2005.

    Innovation has over 220 global clients including the Royal Sun Alliance,
Ford Motor Company, Aviva, AXA Insurance Toyota (South Africa) and Zurich
(UK). The Group processes more than 3 million claims per year with 20% direct
claims cost saving achieved. The software operates in 8 languages and the
Group has approximately 2000 people across offices in North America, the UK,
Germany, South Africa, Australia and Japan, visit

    Since 2002, IBM and Innovation Group have worked together to deliver
proven business solutions for insurance carriers that have brought innovation,
clear business value and return on investment. Together they are enabling
clients to realize the benefits of transformational change in core insurance
functions such as Policy Administration and Claims Management.

For further information:

For further information: Innovation Group Ed Ossie, 913-562-3111
President, Innovation Group

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