Hartford Life Names Brian O’Connell CIO
Former Accenture executive Brian O'Connell will drive technology integration across Hartford Life in support of greater efficiency and effectiveness, and to enable a cross-selling initiative with The Hartford Financial Services Group's property/casualty company.
The Coming Challenge: Taking Advantage of Processing Power
A research chip exists that has 80 cores on one chip. If you are using servers with four processor cores, the operating system will handle spreading out the tasks, but you're not really taking advantage of the processing power that exists. We're still writing software for one process at a time. To take advantage, we'll need to reengineer our policy administration systems and adopt parallel programming techniques to move forward.
DFA Launches ADVISE 4.0
DFA has unveiled a new version of its modeling software for the insurance industry, ADVISE 4.0.
SPARTA Selects Insurity
SPARTA Insurance Company has chosen Insurity's Policy Decisions commercial policy administration system.
Introducing 2007's Insurance & Technology Elite 8
This year, as last year, and as always, we feature a cross section of
honorees from the P&C, life and health insurance sectors. While representing a similar pool of companies as their predecessors, this year's honorees will surprise the reader with their unique qualities and backgrounds.
Member Experience is Key for Holly Morris, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Holly Morris, Senior Vice Presidence and Chief Information Officer of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, speaks about the influence of her liberal arts education in driving an outstanding technology career, and the transformation of Thrivent's technology to drive growth through a better member experience and relation
Mark Boxer Helps Make WellPoint a HealthCare Industry Transformation Leader
Mark Boxer, President and CEO Operations, Technology and Government Services at WellPoint, Inc., and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, talks about his career path through the development of consumer-directed health movement, the value of IT for healthcare consumers, and the state of members' online experience at health insurer WellPoint.
Jim Hanson Drives Evolution of Mutual of Omaha's IT Organization
Jim Hanson, EVP, Information Services, Mutual of Omaha, and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, reports on the evolution of Mutual's IT organization over the past 11 years, his organization's focus on efficiency and simplicity, and the launching of the carrier's revenue-producing IT services subsidiary Continuum Worldwide.
Allstate's Catherine Brune Develops Workforce To Enable Business Transformation
Catherine Brune, Allstate Insurance Company's SVP and CIO, and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, goes beyond the platitudes to put people first, partner with the business units, and focus on organizational transformation. Brune discusses how Allstate's Next Gen claims reengineering initiative exemplifies her focus on architecture, governance and collabo
Balancing Expense Control, Drive for New Systems Key for Chris Steward
Insurance & Technology Elite 8 2007 honoree Chris Steward, vice president of information systems and CIO of Arbella Insurance Group, talks about balancing the drive for new systems capabilities with the need to control operational expenses and delivering increased agent-facing functionality to the company Web site.
Dennis Mehmen Turns IT Around at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
Insurance & Technology Elite 8 2007 honoree Dennis Mehmen, vice president of business information services and CIO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, speaks about how he turned things around at GMRC, his views on SOA and the role of IT as a strategic business partner.
Identifying the Insurance & Technology Elite 8 Insurance CIOs
Successful insurance technology executives share common traits, including the ability to establish credibility with the business, build a solid technology architecture, assemble effective teams, and implement plans with an eye to both the short and long term.