EZLynx Roadmap for 2020

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade! We made huge strides in enhancing and expanding our platform last year, and we’re thrilled about the upcoming year.

We remain focused on solving industry problems through technology, and we have many exciting product changes on our 2020 Roadmap. I am confident that we are well-positioned to help agencies excel in scalability, serviceability, productivity, and profitability with our products.

We also shared a special ROADMAP EDITION of EZLynx LIVE on January 30, 2020.  The Live stream has ended, but you can still watch the recording. We provided a closer look at our 2020 Roadmap. Be sure to watch it here.

AgentLynx was a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended AgentLynx 2019. Our team enjoyed meeting you and learning the nuances of how you use EZLynx to drive your agency. We appreciate the details you shared with our product team throughout the conference. Even though we cannot solve every industry problem right away, much of the credit for our success is due to the feedback we receive and the passion you bring. We know that your time is valuable and appreciate your collaboration. You are valuable partners.

Commercial Innovation

Last year, I promised features that solved business problems faced by commercial agents, and our team delivered! Solutions that worked for the industry and clientele of thirty years ago cannot continue to scale for the future. Client expectations change, so we want to provide tools that help agencies scale without losing their superior personalized service – before and after the sale. We delivered a series of features to help agents sell, service, and grow commercial business:

  • Application Bundling (New Feature)
    • This single, efficient workflow helps agencies avoid redundant data across applications, policies, and remarketing.
  • Schedule Imports & Exports (New Features)
    • EZLynx simplified the import workflow for drivers, vehicles, locations, and buildings. We also added a comprehensive export workflow to expedite the renewal process.
  • Forms Workflows (New Feature)
    • EZLynx now automatically preselects and prefills the ACORD forms needed for an accurate quote based on the line of business and the state. Adding additional forms, like loss runs, carrier supplementals, or financials, is very straightforward too.
  • Certificates (New Feature)
    • EZLynx redefined the creation, management, and distribution of certificates, streamlining the workflow and changing the way agencies think about the certificate process.

EZLynx Submission Center

We also launched EZLynx Submission Center – a product created to streamline the commercial submission process – last fall. Submission Center enables agents to manage submissions to multiple carriers by organizing the activities for the entire process. Built-in reports, dashboards, and carrier appetite guidance ensure the process scales efficiently as the agency brings in more commercial business. You can learn more about EZLynx Submission Center here. We will continue to build on this foundation during the year.

Drive for EZLynx 5

EZLynx 5 represents the next generation of our platform, and it is rolling out in the first half of 2020! We have completely streamlined the Rating Engine to improve quote generation speed and accuracy. I’m particularly excited about the productivity gains we’ve seen from two specific features during our beta testing: carrier prefill and the new quote results page.

The carrier prefill option allows agents to save time by answering common carrier questions up-front. When the agent wants to generate a quote, these answers automatically populate the appropriate fields, drastically reducing the time it takes to get that initial quote!

The new quote results page displays the carrier’s quotes in a simplified stacked bar graph. This completely takes the guesswork – and math – out of providing your customers a premium. This feature is exceptionally powerful when you’re rounding accounts and quoting both auto and homeowners.

With EZLynx 5, our Management System customers will see enhancements to core features they use daily, including a new account and policy page, and an improved EZLynx 5 version of Automation Center. Our goal is to drive an agency forward through automation and make it easier to sell, service, and grow, whether you’re an agency of 10 or 10,000!

EZLynx 5 represents a complete foundational change to our platform — and we’re just getting started!

Service that Scales

For several years, the EZLynx growth roadmap focused on increasing agency profitability and productivity. While these will continue to be focus areas for us, this year we are also focused on improving serviceability and scalability for your agency.

EZLynx MAP, a product designed to provide complex organizations with the information they need to service their agencies and grow past common plateaus, is a perfect example of this new company focus. We are excited to announce general availability in April 2020!

Last year we introduced our Real-Time Messaging expansion with Travelers. This integration notifies agents – in real-time — of policy changes the insured makes on the Travelers self-service portal. This enhancement improves transparency between agents and carriers to better support the omni-channel awareness this generation of consumers expects. Service activities are costly to agencies without providing a significant return. However, the integration has the potential to dramatically reduce time spent servicing these policies. We see this as an opportunity to provide new solutions that help your staff increase their service capacity, without sacrificing quality, in the coming year.

Connect to the Future

EZLynx has historically built its success on providing agents everything they need to grow a successful, manageable business. We developed our ONE PLATFORM customer lifecycle solution to address major challenges in renewal management, sales, customer service, and more—all in one easy-to-use location. However, 2020 will bring a slight directional shift in our strategy. Starting this year, EZLynx will focus on an Agency-in-the-Cloud strategy. Our goal is to help agencies scale through innovative hardware and software solutions.

To that end, we unveiled EZLynx Connect At AgentLynx 2019. EZLynx Connect is a marketplace for agents and vendors to exchange data securely. We designed this tool to address the core challenges of scalability, accessibility, and continuity that agencies face every day. EZLynx Connect will be a focus area for us throughout the upcoming year and beyond as we continue to build out third-party integrations with trusted vendor partners. But there’s more. We listened to your feedback and discovered that maintaining scalable hardware is a challenge many agents encounter as they grow. That’s why we’ve introduced EZLynx Virtual Office, a service that allows agencies to focus on their core competencies in the insurance space without worrying about managing their own hardware, software, or security. We will be providing more information about Virtual Office throughout the year.

We are here for you. If our software can help your agency scale better, increase your productivity, improve your customer service, and be more profitable, we both win. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve you. We look forward to continuing our partnership with all of you in 2020 and beyond!

Don’t forget to rewatch the special edition of EZLynx LIVE that aired earlier today, as we took a closer look at the 2020 Roadmap…


EZLynx Kicks Off Third AgentLynx User Conference For Independent Insurance Agents

LEWISVILLE, Texas. (October 21, 2019) – EZLynx, one of the leading providers of software solutions for independent insurance agencies and the #1 Comparative Rater on the market, today kicked off its third AgentLynx User Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, welcoming independent insurance agents, insurance carriers, and vendors from across the United States. At the conference, EZLynx will showcase innovative new software solutions that enable customers to transform their agencies for greater growth, retention, customer service, and efficiency.

AgentLynx takes place in Downtown Fort Worth from October 21 – 23, 2019. The three-day conference features interactive presentations led by industry veterans, keynotes by EZLynx leadership, hands-on innovation labs, insightful agency panels, live product demos, and engaging networking opportunities. Independent insurance agents will walk away with practical skills, knowledge, and technology that can help them transform their businesses to compete in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

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EZLynx Releases Game-Changing Commercial Lines Product Enhancements

LEWISVILLE, Texas (October 21, 2019) – EZLynx, a leading provider of software solutions for independent insurance agencies and the #1 Comparative Rater on the market, today showcased its latest product innovations developed specifically for agencies aiming to better sell, service and grow their commercial lines of business. The solutions were unveiled during the 2019 AgentLynx User Conference, held at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.

EZLynx has long been recognized as a software leader in the Personal Lines space. Now, the company is bringing this same level of game-changing innovation to Commercial Lines from Main Street to Middle Market. The new Commercial products and features include:

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What’s New In EZLynx 4.19.10

Release Highlights

New Product: Submission Center

EZLynx Submission Center is a smarter way to manage the commercial submission process. This new collaborative hub provides all the tools you need to organize, track, and bind with ease.

Submission Center addresses key areas, so that your agency can ultimately improve its commercial submission outcomes:

  • Carrier Submission Tracking
  • Risk Data Lookups
  • Application Delivery
  • Appetite Discovery
  • Underwriter Management
  • Carrier Integrations
  • Product Guidance

Submission Center’s intuitive dashboard helps agents visualize the submission process, so that they can understand where the critical decision points are and how to navigate them.

Visit the EZLynx Submission Center webpage.

New EZLynx Reporting & Analytics Platform

We are excited to announce that the initial release of the new EZLynx Reporting & Analytics platform will roll out to all users over the next few weeks. We have included over 20 of our most used reports and will continue to add functionality through the rest of the year.

The new platform features enhanced visualizations and noticeable speed improvements. Pixel-perfect reports take the stress out of printing, sharing, and presenting KPIs. All-in-all, agencies can access accurate data faster and gain insights that were previously unattainable.

Features include:

    • Faster reports
    • Powerful export options (Excel, PDF, CSV and XML)
    • An intuitive, easy-to-use interface
    • “Pixel-Perfect” reporting
    • Simplified, graphical report menu

Users should expect to see their reports continue to default to the current platform. This is by design. Watch for the new button at the top-right of the “All Reports” page to access the new platform.

EZLynx Client Center – Change Request Integrations

EZLynx Client Center has now been enhanced to provide even more visibility into clients’ change requests.

Agencies were already being notified when an insured created a change request within Client Center. These automated notifications appeared as new tasks in the system. Now an insured’s request from Client Center is automatically documented within the EZLynx Change Request workflow, improving documentation, and eliminating redundant data entry. EZLynx automatically generates the client’s message for the agent to review and submit to the carrier.

This integrated workflow ensures that no client requested changes are overlooked by your agency!

Also, policy transaction histories have now been enhanced to include “Client Center” as a source for change requests. Look for this new field in the Policy Source column.

International Address Support

EZLynx now features international address support for mailing addresses. This new feature applies to both personal and commercial accounts.

International Address Support applies to mailing addresses only. EZLynx continues to support only U.S.-based locations and risks.

For more information on any of these exciting new features, please visit the EZLynx Solution Center.