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Content posted in July 2014
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Taking a Hybrid Approach to UBI Data
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Some usage-based insurance programs use dongles, while smartphone apps are increasingly popular. Here's why that doesn't matter from a data perspective.
Aon Names CIO, EVP of Enterprise Innovation
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
John G. Bruno will lead a company-wide effort to improve client service through infrastructure and innovative tech solutions.
Smarter Cars: 9 Tech Trends
News  |  7/31/2014  | 
Can your car wake you up if you get sleepy behind the wheel? Or recommend a good Mexican restaurant? These nine technologies will soon change the way we think about cars.
Sapiens Acquires KPI for Decision Management
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
Its investment will enable the enhancement of Sapiens’ end-to-end decision management solution.
The Hartford Realigns Leadership for Business Advancement
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
A recently appointed EVP of Operations and Technology is among five executives taking on new roles and responsibilities.
There's No Need to Separate Direct and Agent Insurance Sales
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
It's time to erase the lines drawn between direct and agent customers as digital insurance has grown.
3 Components of a Digital Insurance Business Plan
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
The most successful business cases start with the key metrics enabling managers to quantify the impact of seemingly different benefits.
Stonebridge Life Automates Medicare Supplement Sales
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
The iGO e-App tool from iPipeline will accelerate sales and improve customer service for the life insurer.
UnitedHealthcare Expands Consumer Reach with Free App
News  |  7/29/2014  | 
More than 900,000 participants have downloaded the Health4Me app to make more informed healthcare decisions.
Phoenix Companies Promotes EVP, Chief Administrative Officer
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Jody A. Beresin will oversee the IT, Corporate Communications, Corporate Services and Human Resources departments.
IFG Names Managing Director, Property
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
The appointee will oversee commercial property initiatives nationwide and manage a team of property underwriters.
Unshackle Your Big Data
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
How new data storage tools and methods combined with analytics can deliver a competitive advantage in financial services.
Google Maps Engine Gets Workforce Management Tool
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Google Maps Engine Pro customers now have free access to Maps Coordinate to manage workers and share location information in real time.
Transamerica Broadens Enrollment Options
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
Cloud-based software is used to help employers offer more product options and lessen their administrative burden.
Forget 'Things' – It's The Internet Of Business Models
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
With the Internet of Things, sensors and telematics don't mean much if they're not helping disrupt traditional business models.
Insurers Behind on Data Mastery: SMA
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Data is evolving as currency in today’s digital world, but most insurers lack the strategy to capitalize on their information.
Watson Tapped By IBM, USAA To Advise Veterans
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
IBM Watson Engagement Advisor will support USAA customers who are leaving the military. Can Watson do better than conventional web and mobile support systems?
Location Analytics + Maps: 10 Eureka Moments
News  |  7/23/2014  | 
Multiple data sources combined with geographic information (GIS) technology can provide a new level of business insight. Ask smart questions and see where the data takes you.
Agent Relationships Strengthen at EMC
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
The insurer’s proactive communication strategy improves agent relationships and increases efficiency through information management.
FBL Financial Promotes Life Companies COO
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
Raymond Wasilewski will oversee the operations of Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.
CEO Report Card: Low Grades for Risk Management
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
Dark Reading's latest community poll shows a stunning lack of confidence in chief execs' commitment to cyber security.
How American Family Humanizes Online Communication
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
The insurer has deepened engagement and gained further insight on customers with software from Workface.
NYL Promotes Two Senior Execs
News  |  7/18/2014  | 
Matthew Grove and David Cruz will serve as leaders in the Insurance and Agency Group and Retail Annuities division.
IBM-Apple Deal Feeds CIO App Ambitions
News  |  7/18/2014  | 
But do CIOs want Apple-only, ready-made apps? Custom, in-house apps have advantages.
An Enterprise Vision for Insurance Customer-Centricity
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Many companies don't have a holistic view of the customer or lack the ability to bring disparate systems and functional areas together.
4,212 Reasons to Turn the Insurance Industry into a Connected Enterprise
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
Hundreds of complex insurance business processes insurance companies are managed inconsistently.
Outsourcing IT: It Takes Three to Tango
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
These seemingly mixed messages highlight the myriad reasons for outsourcing — and also underscore the lack of proper analysis that goes into the decision.
The Digital Gold Rush in Insurance Software
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
M&A and investment strategies being pursued by new and non-traditional data management and technology players.
In IT, The Business Should Always Be the Winner
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
It's important that CIO accolades stay focused on those who ultimately benefit.
Operationalizing Accountability in Insurance Mobility
Commentary  |  7/17/2014  | 
How to take action on key performance metrics in evaluating the success of a mobile insurance initiative.
CIO-CMO Relationship: Plagued By Digital Pretenders
News  |  7/17/2014  | 
Digital strategies that focus only on customer engagement are shallow. But to go deeper, CIOs and CMOs must be partners.
4 Ways Insurers Beat Disruption
News  |  7/17/2014  | 
Research from IBM explores the tactics that keep leading insurers ahead as disruptive forces alter the economy.
Why Cloud Could Push Usage-Based Insurance
News  |  7/17/2014  | 
Microsoft UK's Bruce McKee says cloud technology will play a key role in the future of the connected car and related insurance products.
State Health Insurance Exchanges Limp Toward Relaunch
News  |  7/17/2014  | 
Oregon's exchange has shut down, sending its workload to, and at least two others are keeping this option open for the next enrollment period that starts in November.
Apple, IBM Will Woo Enterprises: Mobile Bombshell
News  |  7/16/2014  | 
The two former rivals join forces to sell enterprises on iOS hardware and business apps backed by IBM services. Can the duo dominate the enterprise mobile market?
Allianz Life Appoints Director of Interactive Strategy
News  |  7/16/2014  | 
The new leader will manage digital strategy and work to improve the customer experience across channels.
MetLife Names Chief Enterprise Strategy Officer
News  |  7/16/2014  | 
Rebecca Tadikonda will manage the team responsible for driving top-line and bottom-line performance.
NYL Direct Digitizing Paper Leads with Captricity
News  |  7/15/2014  | 
The cloud-based technology allows business users to continue the paper processes they are familiar with while enabling digitalization.
Vigilante Justice on the Digital Frontier
News  |  7/15/2014  | 
In the face of slow government action, Wild West-style justice has moved to the digital realm, and private organizations risk being caught in the crossfire.
West Bend Chooses Sapiens for Reinsurance
News  |  7/15/2014  | 
The solution will help West Bend better manage its reinsurance business and meet strict timelines.
Canadian Insurers Make Big Strides on Claims: J.D. Power
News  |  7/14/2014  | 
Satisfaction with the auto claims process in Canada is rising, the market research firm reports.
American National Selects Wolters Kluwer for GRC
News  |  7/14/2014  | 
The ARC Logics solution was chosen to better manage governance, risk and compliance across the organization.
IT Transformation: The Devil Is in the Data
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Data must be a key priority when embarking upon transformation initiatives.
FM Global Promotes President, COO
News  |  7/11/2014  | 
Both appointees have been with the company for over 30 years.
Measuring Mobile Performance in Insurance
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
With increased mobile channel investments, subsequent higher adoption and customer engagement, there is a greater need to define measurement strategies.
Should I Hire a Data Scientist?
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
Before spending big bucks on data scientists, understand the depths of the big data problem. Identifying the issues can help extract maximum value from the coveted skill sets.
How Prioritization Technology Boosts Conversion Rates
News  |  7/10/2014  | 
Kanopy Insurance leverages prioritization software to improve task management and expand its client base.
How Stonetrust Saved 50% on Infrastructure
News  |  7/9/2014  | 
Stonetrust Commercial Insurance leverages its partnership with Venyu Solutions to move its virtual server infrastructure onto a cloud-enabled managed hosting platform.
Few Global CAT Events in 1H 2014: Munich Re
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Insured and total losses from catastrophes for the first half of 2014 are about half of an average year.
Gartner: Rising Enterprise Software Spending Won't Lift IT
News  |  7/9/2014  | 
CRM and ERP spending will rise through 2015, but the switch to cloud and hosting means data center spending won't keep pace.
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