Partnering for Data-Driven Financial Planning and Analysis
The CIO needs to understand the finance team's requirements around budgeting, planning, forecasting, scenario planning, measuring KPI's and analytics. The important thing here is determining what's critical for executives and business group leaders to run the business, manage P&L's and cost centers, and make informed decisions.
What Insurers Can Learn from the Curse of the Bambino
I can't help but think that my colleague Anthony O'Donnell's mention in yesterday's Edit Memo of the Boston Red Sox' loss in game 7 of the ALCS was meant especially for me. Anthony is well aware that I'm a lifelong Sox fan. That said, it didn't bother me too much -- the mention in yesterday's newsletter or the loss itself. Anthony was quite polite about the whole thing and, well, its tough to be
On the Accenture/Guidewire Dismissal News
The circumstances of a very large established company suing a smaller, newer vendor has raised the question of whether Accenture is engaging in "software by litigation" and thereby establishing a malign precedent for an industry segment that has remained relatively free of such activity. However, Accenture's size and power ultimately has no bearing on whether its relevant partners genuinely believe their rights have been abused.
The Cosmic Order Reasserts Itself
Perhaps the surest sign that the cosmic order is reasserting itself is the Boston Red Sox's loss of the American League championship to the Tampa Bay Rays last night. However, the Curse of the Bambino remains broken and the Sox retain their place in the pantheon of recent World Series winners.
The Elite 8 Pantheon
With our 10th Anniversary Elite 8 November issue, and here on the I&T blog, we present the complete list of Elite 8 honorees, going back to 1999, the year it all started. For a graphically rich version, with additional reporting on some of the past honorees, see the print issue version of the list, "The Elite 8 Hall of Fame."
Elite 8 Honoree to Attempt Mt. Everest Summit
CNA's John Golden was unable to come to the phone for a couple of weeks. His excuse topped any I've heard during my years of persistently knocking on CIO doors to secure interviews: he was climbing a mountain in the Himalayas. Giving new meaning to the term "Executive Summit," Golden is currently training for an attempt to reach the top of Mt. Everest next year both as a personal goal and to benefit wounded veterans.