What‘s the problem?
The practice of designing data models from scratch has resulted in numerous proprietary data models used in the IT systems of insurance companies, brokers and other players inside the insurance environment. Although the pieces of information and processes within these systems are very similar, different modelling techniques and philosophies, and also different needs of individual companies, resulted in largely incompatible structures. Where communication has to take place between these systems, custom interfaces have to be created. In some countries national standards were created to give a reference for the creation of these custom interfaces which facilitate domestic standardised communication. These standards too were created using different modelling techniques and philosophies, as well as with national considerations in mind.
The standards provided and maintained by eEG7 are designed to for use in the electronic exchange of information within the insurance industry. They serve as a basis for the design and implementation of messages for cross company and cross border communication and can also be used as a reference for data design when creating internal applications. The eEG7 standards cover the needs of the different European countries and are also in line with the global standards created and maintained by UN/CEFACT. In brief, using eEG7 standards will make it unnecessary to create countless interfaces for communication on national, European and even on a global level.