Sempla, an IT solutions provider from Italy, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to general insurers, announced today that Sempla has joined Guidewire PartnerConnect™ as an Affiliate member. PartnerConnect is Guidewire’s global program for strategic System Integrators (SI) and consulting alliance partners. Sempla’s wealth of implementation experience, technical skills, product competences and application of agile methods have empowered the solutions provider to support insurance companies facing a variety of unprecedented globalization challenges. Now that Sempla is part of the GFT Group – a European leader in the design and implementation of IT solutions for the financial services industry – it is ideally poised to leverage the full strength of a broader organization, and thus serve the insurance market more effectively. “Our experience collaborating with customers and adapting to the needs of the market makes us an ideal partner to support insurers implementing Guidewire systems in the Italian insurance market,” states Umberto Zanchi, director of insurance at Sempla. “By combining Guidewire’s technology leadership with our consultancy expertise, we expect to deliver superior innovation and enhance the implementation success of our mutual customers. We look forward to leveraging our in-depth business know-how, technical support and service expertise as we join forces with Guidewire on core system replacement projects.” “Sempla has nearly three decades of experience in system integration and information technology, so it was a natural addition to our PartnerConnect program,” says Chris Elsmore, vice president of Global Alliances and Business Development at Guidewire Software. “We’re excited to welcome them as a PartnerConnect Affiliate member, and we look forward to building on the work we have started together to strengthen our service capabilities and provide new options for our Italian customers.” About Guidewire PartnerConnect TM Guidewire PartnerConnect™ members provide a wide range of services to the general insurance community including business transformation consulting, strategy and IT related services. To date, Guidewire practices include over 3,700 consultants worldwide, more than 2,400 of whom are functional and technical consultants trained on Guidewire products. Guidewire PartnerConnect TM is comprised of Strategic and Affiliate level members. Affiliate level members are partners in the process of building depth in Guidewire sales and implementation practice, while gaining overall experience with Guidewire products. About Sempla As part of the GFT Group, Sempla is one of the world’s leading IT solutions providers in the banking and insurance sector. Sempla’s offering comprises IT Services, IT Business Solutions and Digital Marketing & Design. The GFT Group is a global technology partner for future digital issues. Sempla currently has more than 500 employees at its branches, which include Milan, Florence, Siena, Turin, Parma, Piacenza, Padua, Genoa, and Palermo. It also enjoys strong customer loyalty with some clients working with Sempla for over 20 years. More: http://www.sempla.it . About GFT The GFT Group is a global technology partner for future digital issues – covering everything from discovering innovation to developing and implementing sustainable business models. GFT stands for competent consulting and reliable development, implementation and maintenance of customized IT solutions. The company is one of the world’s leading IT solutions providers in the banking sector. Headquartered in Germany, the GFT Group has stood for technological expertise, innovative strength and outstanding quality for over 25 years. Founded in 1987, the GFT Group is expected to achieve revenues of around €260 million in 2013. With a global team spanning 2,000 employees, the company is represented in eight countries by its 32 local offices. The GFT Group is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard). For more information, please visit www.gft.com. About Guidewire Software Guidewire Software is a provider of core system software to the global Property/Casualty (general) insurance industry. Designed to be flexible and scalable, Guidewire solutions give insurers the capability to deliver excellent service, increase market share and lower operating costs. Guidewire InsuranceSuite™, consisting of Guidewire PolicyCenter®, Guidewire ClaimCenter® and Guidewire BillingCenter® spans the key functional areas in insurance – underwriting and policy administration, claims management, and billing. Guidewire is headquartered in Foster City, California, with offices in Beijing, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, and Warsaw. For more information, please visit http://www.guidewire.com. 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