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Synovus Enters Health Insurance Rather than manufacture insurance, Synovus takes the partnership route.
Growing DMV Reporting Headache Industry costs likely to rise as more states require insurers to electronically report policy information, but few likely to conform to standard record-layout format.
Iordanou Seeks To Make Zurich's Global Operations More Efficient In the newly created position of senior executive vice president-group operations and business development at Zurich Financial Services Group Constantine "Dinos" Iordanou will focus on creating enterprisewide efficiencies.
Insurance.com Expands Bricks-and-Clicks Branding Strategy Aggregator Insurance.com is launching a rebranding campaign for "Insurance.com From Fidelity Investments." President Lou Geremia says it's become increasingly clear that association with the investment firm makes sense from a marketing perspective.
AFLAC Switches to CheckFree's Client/Server-Based APECS Solution In order to provide its users with easier online inquiry on outstanding checks, AFLAC will convert its mainframe-based Abandoned Property & Escheatment Software (APECS) to CheckFree's client/server-based solution
CRM Briefs Quixi releases Quixi Sales Solution to help enterprises address barriers that can block CRM success; Chordiant Software releases Chordiant Selling Director, an e-selling software; Richard Bell joins Meridien Research and will cover CRM in financial services.
Delivery Briefs CSC and AvantGo form strategic alliance; Ceres Group's e-commerce agency, WWAgency, has an agreement with the Zurich Kemper Life; cross-selling to small business customers is more effective when agents understand buying patterns and characteristics of specific groups of customers, according to a study by Baetis, Inc.
Allmerica Outsources Systems Maintenance So Internal IT Can Focus on Development Looking to dedicate internal IT staff to systems development, Allmerica has signed a five-year outsourcing systems-maintenance agreement with Keane, Inc.
EDS Scores Major Contract Renewal The State of California's Healthy Families program has extended its business-processes outsourcing contract with EDS.
Workers Love Technology, But Many Use Company IT For Personal Reasons American workers believe technology does more good than harm, but many admit to using technology "unethically," says a study from the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
ACORD OPENS INTERNATIONAL OFFICES ACORD has opened new offices in London and Brussels and has expanded staff to handle the recently acquired Rinet Standards.
Delivery Briefs Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida taps Connextions.net to launch a self- enrollment Web site; Quickquote.com partners with BanxQuote.com to provide BanxQuote visitors with access to insurance plans; Friends Provident employs Allfinanz software to launch virtual distribution company; AMS Services releases Sagitta Online.
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Easing the Pain of IT Layoffs While economically driven layoffs of IT professionals are a sometimes necessary evil, availability of services such as outplacement help employees find new opportunities.