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The world of social networks and social media move swiftly and this last two weeks have been no exception with Twitter’s conference announcing promoted tweets and Facebook’s F8 conference announcing all manner of changes to their web site. Here are a few things to watch out for that may already be affecting you. First one […]

Apr 30th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

A lesson learned from the financial crisis is that the life insurance and wealth management industries are heavily dependant on the general state of the economy. Therefore it is important for insurers to understand what exogenous and endogenous factors can impact their business: The current challenge faced by the EURO zone and the EURO currency […]

Apr 28th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

Technology exists to solve problems, and sometimes to enable radical shifts in how businesses and customers interact. We could avoid a lot of pain and effort by leveraging existing user behaviors, rather than forcing users down the paths that are most convenient for us.

Apr 26th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

Getting a good Big Picture up front is one of the keys to the success of any project involving new or significant change to Information Systems. The Big Picture comes in two parts: The picture itself and the story that goes with it. First there is the picture, the document that we would call The […]

Apr 26th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

My colleagues, Catherine Stagg-Macey and Craig Beattie, released a research report today titled Leveraging Social Networks: An In-Depth View for Insurers. They predict that “insurers will increasingly use public shared data to inform pricing decisions and aid in fraud detection.” They cite several situations where data held on social networks has already been used in […]

Apr 14th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

The Economist this week made an interesting point about brands. The public downfall of Tiger Woods is attributed to wiping of $12 billion in value of his then sponsors, Gatorade and Nike. From someone who is not offay with the world of marketing, this seems like a devastating consquence that was out of the hands […]

Apr 13th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance

Celent senior analyst Nicolas Michellod This event is free to attend. Celent clients and the media will have access to the webinar’s PowerPoint presentation after the event. Please click here for more information.

Apr 8th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance
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Celent senior analyst Nicolas Michellod This event is free to attend. Celent clients and the media will have access to the webinar’s PowerPoint presentation after the event. Please click here for more information.

Apr 8th, 2010 | Filed under Events
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A new product – as yet unnamed but dubbed ‘The Facebook Cap’ – is every social networker’s dream. Fitted with 3G, GPS, and a digital camera, the cap keeps all of your friends up-to-date with your location and pictures of what you are doing uploaded to Facebook.com every 3 minutes. A 16 core computer and […]

Apr 1st, 2010 | Filed under Insurance