As part of an ongoing effort to streamline forms production, ACORD announced it was moving to a new system developed by Silverlake Software LLC. The goal is to increase responsiveness and produce the various formats of ACORD Forums used throughout the insurance industry. The system, known as Silverlake Forms Development Environment (FDE), allows users to create or edit a form once using a WYSIWYG designer and output into multiple formats. It also includes a management component to track workflow and monitor forms distribution. ACORD Forms are currently available in several formats including eForms, IBM Fillable, Adobe Static PDF, and Adobe Fillable PDF. “We’re all looking forward to moving to Silverlake’s FDE and more efficiently producing our forms. In the end, we’ll be able to better serve our users by providing them with the forms they need faster than ever before,” says Lloyd Chumbley, vice president, standards, for ACORD. “We’ve had a long relationship with Silverlake and we’re glad they were able to help us move our production environment to the next level.” The Silverlake FDE will also enable ACORD to create eForms with embedded eLabels that facilitate data mapping and implementation of ACORD forms into various systems. “Silverlake Software has been working with ACORD for over a decade on static forms and we are excited to expand our solution to include support for fillable forms. It is an exciting and challenging project that will enable a great future for eForms,” says Jamie da Silva, owner of Silverlake Software.

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