API Digital Insurance

Building Your API Foundation

A How-to Guide for Leveraging APIs for Partner Integration

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The digital revolution is the age of collaboration. Insurers increasingly recognize the need and value of partnering with businesses, both from within and outside their industry. These partnerships—forming the skeleton of an insurance digital ecosystem—offer benefits such as new modes of monetization, enhanced customer experiences, and further growth of services. At the core of these partnerships are new-age digital distribution channels, empowering insurers to generate more leads, provide greater experience and expand their customer base. 

Successfully executing insurance ecosystems requires the capability of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). A well-architected API platform helps insurers seamlessly integrate with new partners, third-party providers, insurtechs, and distribution channels to offer tailored products and services to customers. With connectivity setting the terms of the game in today’s digital business world, insurers are striving for APIs to establish smooth connectivity among various processes and systems—both internal and external—and ensure consistent flow of data/information across the entire insurance value chain. 

Most insurers, however, face technical and conceptual limitations that hinder the build and operation of a proper API platform. While some have engaged with a point-to-point setup of APIs, many lack a formal, scaleable architecture to streamline partner integration and establish comprehensive, ecosystem-driven customer experiences. 

For IT leaders embarking on the API journey, getting started may come with more questions than answers. Some critical questions include: What are the available distribution channels? What makes up an effective API foundation? What strategies can insurers take to build one? What are the rights tools and technologies that will fit our organization and culture?

If you are responsible for leading the digital initiatives in your organization to establish an API platform, enable ecosystem integration, and drive business growth, this whitepaper can act as your information guide. In this whitepaper, you’ll learn: 

  • Four primary digital distribution channels for insurers
  • Key shortcomings and myths to API adoption in Insurance
  • The technical foundations for an API platform