News & Commentary
Content posted in November 2005
Gaining the Data Advantage
Commentary  |  11/30/2005  | 
What does it take to be an effective competitor? More and more, the ability to organize, analyze and use data is the differentiator in the insurance industry.
Sometimes Good Is Good Enough
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Though design is important, with ever-decreasing cost of storage and increasing processor speeds it can make more sense to be less storage efficient if query efficiency is not compromised and the availability of the BI tools to the business can be expedited.
Web Services: Ready, Set, Implement
News  |  11/30/2005  | 
Web services are a practical reality, spreading more each day. Through XML and the Internet, companies can now provide services and applications over the Web in a plug and play, distributed environment.
Executive News
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Cornelio’s New Digital Life
Commentary  |  11/28/2005  | 
Chuck Cornelio has made his mark at Greensboro, N.C.-based Jefferson Pilot Financial ($4.1 billion in revenue) by driving the vision of a "digital life company" - a paperless environment with data and application reuse and straight-through processing.
Auman Drives IT Efficiency
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Having spent the last five years of his 18 years at Bermuda-based Accenture as the partner in charge of Accenture's relationship with The Hartford's P&C company, Ken Auman already has played a role in the insurer's transformation.
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Tracking Super Cats
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina will prompt more insurers to work with super catastrophe, or Super Cat, modeling, according to Newark, Calif.-based Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a catastrophe risk modeling solutions provider.
Going SERFFing
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
During the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America's (PCI) annual meeting last month in Chicago, Ernie Csiszar, Des Plaines, Ill.-based PCI's president and CEO, challenged insurers to rethink their approach to regulatory reform, calling the current regulatory system "untenable."
Kyocera Positions Indian Center For Wireless Development
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
According to Experian (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 20 percent to 30 percent of commercial losses are the result of fraud, and fraudulent claims have plagued the insurance industry for years.
Underwriting Opportunities
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
To manage and process policies for a Web-based quoting and submission system, Temple-based Farmers Mutual Protective Association of Texas (also known as RVOS; $9 billion in assets) has deployed Duck Creek's (Bolivar, Mo.) EXAMPLE Platform.
Higher-Tech Agents
News  |  11/28/2005  | 
Technology offers insurers and their distributors tools for everything from mining client data and selling policies to enforcing regulatory compliance and tracking agent performance.
For the Business, By the Business
News  |  11/27/2005  | 
Service-oriented architectures and business-rules technologies are helping IT develop solutions for business users, but control of the business still is in the hands of the business.
In With the New
News  |  11/27/2005  | 
Adrian Brown, CIO, Canal Insurance Before Adrian Brown took over as CIO at Greenville, S.C.-based Canal Insurance (more than $1 billion in assets), the IT staff at the commercial trucking insurer was focused on maintaining legacy mainframe applications.
A Structured Approach
News  |  11/27/2005  | 
Amerisure installs Web-based solution to drive faster, more-effective and more-efficient project management.
Feds Drive E-Health Records In Devastated Gulf Coast
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Health-care payers showed the value of electronic records during the recovery
EMC Buys Captiva, Acartus
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Capture and enterprise report management vendors reinforce EMC's credentials as a vertical solution provider.
Analysis from Watchfire GomezPro: Divergent Approaches to Auto Insurance Quotes
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Today, insurance carriers, especially direct ones, are prioritizing auto insurance quoting above any other online initiative.
Executive Summit: New Perspectives on Leadership and IT’s Role
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
In a changing work environment, corporate culture has to be managed like any other change initiative.
Executive Summit: Competitive Advantage Via Leading Edge Architecture
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
The challenges of presenting the business case to senior management for an $11.2 million architectural transformation to a services-oriented model beginning in 2001, which would take place over 36 months.
News  |  11/23/2005  | 
Cross-selling is an obvious strategy for growth, but it's difficult to pull off even under ideal circumstances.
Quick Quotes
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona eliminates rate-calculation bottleneck with Resolution business rules engine.
Shop Till You Drop
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
S. USA Life brings insurance into a retail environment with mall-based customer centers and kiosks.
Mangia! Mangia!
Commentary  |  11/22/2005  | 
Growing up in an Italian family, you learn to like to cook for friends and family.
Harmonious Beginnings
News  |  11/22/2005  | 
Colonial Life & Accident's new Web-based enrollment system supports agent-assisted service and self-service.
Deloitte Acquires TCi
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Addition of benchmarking and advisory firm gives consultant an operational edge.
Contract News
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
SUNZ Taps Delphi; Verint Be-Friends Provident; Safeway Calls AT&T; Kingsway Gains Insight From Thazar; Brick Street Licenses Lawson; ABCBS Selects; Economical Chooses ILOG; Lloyd's Licenses EQECAT; Trustmark Relies On CareGain; KMG America Selects InSystems
Transforming Healthcare
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Insurers likely will lead the way in adopting technology to support electronic medical records - but they may have to pick up much of the bill as well.
Murphy’s Law
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Momentum finally is gathering in the health insurance and healthcare industries to develop standardized electronic medical records.
Reinsuring the Future
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Alea Alternative Risk gains a consolidated view of business by building an operational data store.
Business Ignorance or Business Intelligence
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Carriers that leverage BI will be better positioned to differentiate themselves from the competition.
Insurers’ Buried Treasure
News  |  11/21/2005  | 
Veteran insurance executives might find it amusing to explain their esoteric trade to the ignorant.
What’s Behind Door No. 1?
Commentary  |  11/21/2005  | 
Remember "Let's Make a Deal," the 1960s and '70s TV show that let ridiculously dressed people compete for prizes by trying to guess which box, door or curtain might hide a car, boat or fur coat - or just as likely, a giant can of baked beans or the show's announcer in a baby outfit?
TMM Selects i-flex
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
Industry newcomer i-flex solutions signs first insurance client to a Castek-centered solution that assembles a consortium of best-of-breed partners.
ISO Tech: The Search for the Next ’Killer Technology’
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
Industry experts made the case for "The Next 'Killer Technology' in Insurance" during yesterday's ISO Tech session of that name.
ISO Tech News Briefs
News  |  11/9/2005  | 
IAT Renews Sapiens; Docurp Launches Forms Integrity Manager; Portellus Opens Customer Lab; Solimar Offers SOLsearcher; ImageRight Signs 19 Clients; Information Builders Launches WebFOCUS Active Reports

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