Tech Decisions, a National Underwriter Company publication, and Financial Insights, an independent research and consulting firm, are asking U.S. and Canadian insurers to participate in their second annual Insurer’s Choice technology ranking survey.

The ranking program showcases insurance technology providers across several categories, including insurance operations, developing products, optimizing workflow and analytics.

The results include technology vendors that serve the life and health market as well as vendors that serve the property-casualty market.

Tech Decisions, Hoboken, N.J., is part of Summit Business Media L.L.C., New York, the parent of National Underwriter Life & Health and the NU Online News Service.

Financial Insights is a unit of IDC, Framingham, Mass.

till Nov. 15.

The rankings will be announced in May 2009 at the annual ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Financial Insights is handling the survey methodology, data collection and analysis process for the rankings.

New in the Insurer’s Choice 2009 program will be a satisfaction ranking for the technology firms in each category.

The results also will reflect which technology firms are the top “up-and-coming” technology providers to the insurance marketplace as perceived by the carriers themselves, program organizers say.