Few carriers are doing nothing when it comes to claims. Year after year, we continue to see significant activity as carriers replace or enhance their claims solutions. The reasons for such activity are plentiful. Claims systems are aging which means that they are expensive to maintain. Older systems generally are much less flexible than modern […]
At the National Underwriter Executive Conference last week, a member of the Board of Directors at one of the largest life insurers in the world warned insurers: “Don’t let what happened to the taxi industry happen to us. Taxis thought regulation would protect them and you see where that got them. We can’t allow ourselves […]
The announcement yesterday that MassMutual has set up its own fund to invest in innovations that may/will affect life insurers is another move demonstrating how real money is being bet on disruption. Here is the link to their press release site: http://www.massmutual.com/aboutmassmutual/newscenter/pressreleases Celent is aware of several organizations which have set up similar funds. These […]
The announcement today (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44431.wss ) of the use of IBM’s Watson platform by USAA demonstrates several of the current research themes at Celent. The move is an excellent case of innovation at the intersection of brand, risk management and technology. First and foremost, this is another example where USAA is delivering on its brand promise – to improve […]
At each of the five Celent Innovation Roundtables held in the last several months, innovation practitioners consistently identify culture change as a significant success factor. A particular challenge, poor communication between technologists and their business partners, is often cited as a barrier. The Second Machine Age by MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson @erikbryn and Andrew McAfee […]
Traditionally insurers have been structured by line of business and some have grouped those around personal lines and commercial lines to differentiate businesses from people. With the opportunities of varied distribution channels and more sophisticated technologies insurers are starting to be much more granular in their view of the customers. Insurers have now the chance […]
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 […]
We’re one step closer to answering one of life’s Big Questions. Namely: Are men or women better drivers? The answer may turn out to be neither…
Twenty years from now will we even have keyboards on our devices? Probably, but I’m certain they won’t be the interaction tools of first resort.
It pains me to have regular conversations with industry participants of all persuasions where we all agree that there is room for two big industry shows a year, but not within weeks of each other.