In-Flight Internet: It's About Time (so to speak...)
There's something to be said for the ability to tune-out when various parties are clamoring for one's attention, most blissfully unaware of one's other demands and some with an exaggerated sense of their priority. However, in a life tied more to deliverables than simply "being there," no downtime goes unpunished, so it's nice to have the option to catch up as one can. However, given that the technology is available in-flight Internet should be regarded as a "must-have" for business travelers, no
SMIC Goes Live on IDP’s AgentXpress
Ease of use and efficiencies for the Upstate New York-based regional P&C carrier and its agents alike drove adoption of IDP's portal technology.
IBHS Makes Board Officer Appointments
State Farm VP for P&C underwriting Rod Matthews named chairman of the board, Farmers' EVP Kevin Kelso named vice chairman and chairman of the executive committee.
Is Insurance Sexy?
At the Sexy Insurance homepage you'll see a portrait of Warren Buffet with a thought balloon saying, "I'm so sexy it hurts." Bourgeois could have left out the words because, frankly, it's written all over Warren's face. Who can deny it? If Henry Kissinger is sexy, Warren Buffet is doubly so. What the site needs is a picture of Hank Greenberg saying, "I'm so sexy it hurts Eliot Spitzer."
Older Workers Could Help Insurers Faced With Workforce Shortages
At last November's I&T Executive Summit, Deb Smallwood (then with ICW group, now with Smallwood Maike & Associates) quickly polled the audience during her presentation. First, she asked how many in the crowd were baby boomers. Then, how many were a part of Generation X.
And as you might imagine, each question led to a significant number of raised hands. Finally, she asked how many considered themselves members
Hillary's Inspiring Example
It is beside the point whether the only fall one is threatened by is a fall from favor, or whether the only rarified atmosphere one struggles in is that of the corporate boardroom. Anybody attempting novel accomplishments against daunting obstacles can draw inspiration from Hillary's example.
German Mutual will implement two of Connective Technologies' TEAM-UP solutions.
5 Claims Service Standards
Gartner principal research analyst Stephen Forte offers as a baseline service standard for claims adjusters a five-part prescription.
Main Street America CIO Joel Gelb Manages Transition
Since joining The Main Street America Group as CIO in 2001, Joel Gelb has focused on transitioning the Jacksonville, Fla.-based insurer from a legacy mainframe technology infrastructure to one that includes a mix of Web-based front ends and brand-new claims and commercial systems.
Mobile Sales Force Automation Growing In Demand
Having already realized the benefits of mobile technology within their claims operations, many insurers are looking to bring mobility to their sales forces, as younger agents and consumers demand more functionality via their handheld devices.
New Sources of Advice
Matt Josefowicz's move from Celent to Novantas has resulted in the launch of new research and advisory services subsidiary Novarica; and former TowerGroup analyst Deborah Smallwood has left her carrier executive post at ICW and teamed up with IBM alumna Cindy Maike to launch Smallwood Maike & Associates.
How Insurers Can Help Customers Help Themselves
In the business world and maybe even within the much smaller world of insurance technology journalism there's always a tendency to over-hype the latest and greatest, whether that be in terms of a new technology or a new trend in the marketplace.
That said, there's one trend that I'm seeing that seems to be under-hyped: how growing numbers of consumers, when considering a new purchase, first turn to the internet in an effort to educate themselves on a given field or topic. As this "self-help" tr
PHS Chooses Duck Creek
Preferred Health Systems will use Duck Creek's Healthcare Solution for Sales Automation.