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Today’s blockbuster announcement of Ace buying Chubb will have a lot of industry ramifications—some of which will play out in the IT sphere. No doubt there has already been an IT assessment element in each insurer’s due diligence efforts. Between now and the effective date of the merger, there will be a lot of planning […]

Jul 1st, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Strategy, Uncategorized, Vendors

I love spotting ironies such as how this years Strata | Hadoop World conference (the UK one) spent more time discussing Apache Spark and whether it was a successor to Hadoop or another tool in the box than it did discussing Hadoop and it’s applications. It was great to see members of the insurance industry […]

Jun 26th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Vendors

The just released report by the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) contains some important findings on collision avoidance systems’ potential to prevent or mitigate the severity of rear-end collisions. Some of the data points are eye-popping: a predictive analysis found that this technology could prevent or reduce deaths and injuries in 87% to 94% of […]

Jun 23rd, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Market Trends, Strategy

Last week, I was watching the National Spelling Bee as they crowned two winners for the second consecutive year. What an amazing performance! One of the winners spoke of her passionate pursuit of winning the Bee. The comment made me reflect on a question I was asked during my interview with Celent. The question was […]

Jun 1st, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, Strategy

I spoke this morning with an operations executive at a large insurer which distributes personal lines products through independent agents. He said that they are working feverously to deliver digital service tools to the customer service representatives (CSRs) at agents because they know that the average CSR is now 19 to 26 years old. This […]

May 29th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation

AI and machine learning things are moving right along. A few months ago, in a Celent report, I predicted the emergence of a “Natural Best Friend,” a term combining “natural language” and “best friends forever.” However, there is nothing organic about the Natural Best Friend; it is completely a product of technology. The Natural Best […]

May 27th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Uncategorized

It should go without saying, but good testing is absolutely critical to producing technology that benefits your organization. As a former insurer CIO, I can attest that the group most often squeezed to meet a deliverable date is the quality assurance team that has the incredible responsibility to ensure accuracy. Perhaps our organization was unique, […]

May 26th, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Uncategorized

Artificial intelligence has been around nearly as long as humans have been able to think about themselves, about thought and what they do. Empathy is wired into us – some more than others but we are all capable of thinking from another’s point of view. This capacity leads us to anthropomorphize things that aren’t human, […]

May 21st, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT

Carriers use a variety of techniques for growing the book and most consider distribution management as a key component of their growth strategy. They are expanding channels, adding distributors, moving into new territories, and working to optimize their existing channel to improve customer acquisition and retention. Some carriers are investing in improving the servicing of […]

May 18th, 2015 | Filed under Insurance, Marketing, Strategy

Today CCC announced the acquisition of DriveFactor which provides a device independent platform for telematics data and analysis. Why is an auto physical damage estimation and analytics firm acquiring a telematics platform provider? Well, you could say that telematics is hot, and all personal and commercial insurers writing auto insurance are scrambling to build market […]

May 12th, 2015 | Filed under Innovation, Insurance, IT, Strategy, Vendors