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Fintech focus: S&P Global Ratings to include Guidewire's cyber-risk insights

Several players within the financial technology arena introduced new products and entered into various agreements in recent days. Please send news tips and feedback to news@snl.com. For other recent financial technology news, click here.

Payments

Worldpay Inc. partnered with drone manufacturer DJI, to help DJI expand its eCommerce platform to reach more customers around the world.

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Allpoint Network's Allpoint ATMs are now available at nearly 7,000 Walgreens drugstore locations nationwide, including in Alaska, Michigan and Nebraska. Allpoint Network is a subsidiary of Cardtronics plc.

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Prepaid card provider Netspend, a Total System Services Inc. company, extended its contract with Liberty Tax Inc. through 2021. The agreement gives Liberty Tax and SiempreTax+ customers the option of having their tax refund loaded onto the Netspend Liberty Tax Prepaid MasterCard and the Netspend SiempreTax+ Prepaid Visa Card.

Insurance and healthcare

Advanzeon Solutions Inc.'s subsidiary Pharmacy Value Management Solutions Inc. signed an agreement with the N.Y.-based healthcare provider Independent Contractors Alliance Corp. Under the agreement, Pharmacy Value will make available its SleepMaster Solutions Sleep Apnea program to Independent Contractors' member business owners.

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Aperio Clinical Outcomes expanded its use of Medidata Solutions Inc.'s Medidata Clinical Cloud platform to include Edge eTMF and Edge CTMS. By unifying its CTMS and eTMF on the same platform, Aperio can unify its content, workflows and data for all aspects of its research.

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Safety National Casualty Corp. deployed Guidewire Software Inc.'s InsuranceSuite as its new underwriting, policy administration, claims and billing management system. Safety National also launched Guidewire DataHub and InfoCenter as its new data and analytics solutions.

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Dallas-based insurance consulting and services firm, Insurance Technology Services, implemented an automated data migration solution for Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia. The project scoped included the migration of Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia's homeowner and dwelling fire policies and documents from the legacy system to its newly implemented Guidewire InsuranceNow system.

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Federated Insurance, a direct writer of property and casualty insurance products, selected Guidewire Software's PolicyCenter and Guidewire Rating Management as its new underwriting, policy administration and rating management system.

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EClinical Solutions LLC adopted Medidata's Rave Imaging to optimize workflow, simplify image and data collection and improve efficiency in clinical development. The partnership will see life sciences researchers improve efficiencies, minimize the risk and complexity of medical image management in clinical trials and facilitate accurate, timely completion of study goals.

Trading and investing

International Franchise Association selected Paychex Inc. as its preferred payroll solutions provider for IFA membership.

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Mitek Systems Inc. said an independent global investment management firm selected Mitek's Mobile Docs to provide its customers with an account registration process via a mobile app.

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Thomson Reuters Corp. expanded its Connected Risk platform to include a commercialized risk management solution to help new customers develop effective risk management programs.

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Financial Engines Inc. expanded its strategic relationship with T. Rowe Price Group Inc. to now offer Financial Engines' full suite of advisory services and deliver an improved user experience to plan participants who have T. Rowe Price as their recordkeeper.

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Q2 Holdings Inc. signed an agreement with financial services platform Acorns. The deal is centered on the Q2 Open portfolio, a set of open-API financial services technologies. Q2 Open is comprised of multiple open-API technologies that allow organizations to build front-end financial products and experiences.

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S&P Global Inc.'s S&P Global Ratings Inc. linked up with Guidewire Software to bring the cyber-risk knowledge and insights of Guidewire Cyence Risk Analytics to S&P Global Ratings360, a digital delivery system that provides a view of a company's critical credit risk factors.

Security and analytics

Cetera Financial Group Inc. announced that the six firms comprising its network will be organized under its newly created traditional and specialty channels to accelerate the ability of each network firm to support Cetera's advice-centric experience for advisers and clients.

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Upland Software Inc. unveiled a major release for its enterprise project portfolio management solution, PowerSteering. This release upgrades the user experience, gives project and portfolio managers greater insight into project health and improves portfolio decision-making.

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