Agency Management System Firms Get Cozy, But Merger Seen AsUnlikely

Agency management software rivals Applied Systems and AMSServices Inc. have entered a new era of cooperation–with AMS evenusing Applieds platform for agent/carrier transactions–but theprospect of a merger between these two key players is unlikely,according to the two tech firms.

Late last year, Windsor, Conn.-based AMS sent shock wavesthrough the software industry with its announcement that it wouldlicense Transformation Station–an Applied Systems data exchangetechnology for real-time transactions–from IVANS, despite the factthat it would benefit AMSs chief competitor in the agencymanagement systems market.

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