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No no – I’m not referring to an animated cat on an App but rather the announcement yesterday regarding the Heartbleed bug affecting the security of over 50% of the Internet according to some estimates. The bug affects the OpenSSL package and is believed to have been in the package since 2011. It affects the […]

Apr 9th, 2014 | Filed under Insurance, IT

It’s clear that my colleagues and I see 2014 as something of a tipping point, a water shed for established and new technologies  to take hold in the insurance industry. I’ll try to summarise them succinctly here. Expect to see reports on these topics in the near future. Celent’s 2014 prediction focus on: The increasing […]

Dec 20th, 2013 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Strategy

Reprising last year’s 12 Gifts of Celent on 12/12 I thought it was worth looking at free gifts offered, namely the most popular posts from 2013 on this very blog. I’ve gone for most popular blogs or blog sets by page views, which of course favours the older blogs because they’ve had longer to accumulate […]

Dec 12th, 2013 | Filed under Emerging Markets, Innovation, Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Strategy

Insurers and vendors met in London to discuss insurance technology on the 24th and 25th of September this year. The audience mostly consisted of those with an interest in the London market and Lloyds although there were representatives from general insurers in the UK too. I was glad to see that the tone of the […]

Sep 27th, 2013 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Market Trends

For those who follow our report agendas here at Celent you will have seen product configuration on there for a while now, finally culminating in the report Designing for Product Agility. I thought I’d use the blog to offer a perspective on my own journey through product engines and product configuration to explain how the […]

Jul 22nd, 2013 | Filed under Insurance

I had the good fortune to attend Gadget Show Live this year – a day off secured on the proviso I wrote a blog post. There were a few things that were a surprise to me that I thought it worth sharing here. What’s running computers… In terms of presence of platform Android won. There […]

Apr 10th, 2013 | Filed under Insurance

In conversations with insurers globally we at Celent are hearing of a new approach to analytics. Perhaps not called Big Data but a different approach, one that seeks to leverage data far more quickly and be more tolerant of the errors in the data. There is a move to understanding that all data is useful, […]

Mar 28th, 2013 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Strategy

On 15th of March Celent held our creative disruption event at the Tower of London – no small irony to be discussing the future of insurance surrounded by such rich history. Celent’s Catherine Stagg-Macey opened proceedings with a discussion about how quickly technology is moving and by providing a concrete example of that in the […]

Mar 20th, 2013 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, Market Trends, Strategy

With only two sleeps left until the 2012 apocalypse (has it’s own Wikipedia page here) I thought it worth working through an insurance scenario regarding the end of the world as we know it. I won’t go into detail but Friday the 21st of December marks the start of the 13th b’ak’tun or 13.0.0.0.0 (5126 […]

Dec 19th, 2012 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Market Trends

Here we on the twelfth day of the twelfth month of twenty twelve. (A friend helpfully pointed out we’re 800 years late for 12 12 1212). A quick look at Wikipedia shows the importance that 12 has had in our history, almost regardless of place of birth or religion it seems. It seemed a good […]

Dec 12th, 2012 | Filed under Insurance, Market Trends, Strategy