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Simply Building a Testing Automation Framework Won't Save Your ROI Done correctly, automated software testing consists of three parts: creating the automation architecture, writing the business test scenarios, and assessing the testing state of the software.
Accenture, RSA Extend IT and Consulting Agreement The companies will work together through 2015, three years past the former expiration date and 12 years in total.
Health Net Brings App to Android The company first released its app for Apple's iOS devices last month.
SAP/Oracle Saga Takes Unexpected Turn In what Insurance & Technology sister brand InformationWeek calls a "shocking last-minute move," SAP has admitted contributory liability in a copyright infringement suit filed against it by Oracle.
XL Group Creates Office of Strategic Growth XL Group creates Office of Strategic Growth; Gregory Hendrick named to head new office as EVP, Strategic Growth.
Anthem Blue Cross Launches iPhone App, Women's Site The Anthem Blue Cross Grocery Guide contains information on more than 100,000 food and beverage products, while the Healthy Woman site features health, nutrition, fitness and health care options, the company says.
New York Life Adds Mobile Customer Services The carrier's Virtual Service Center has been optimized for Web-enabled mobile devices.
Are You Ready, Insurance Execs? Gartner Identifies Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2011 Gartner identifies top 10 strategic technologies for 2011 it says are likely to have "significant impact" on businesses in the next three years.
Pacific Life Taps Insurance Technologies for Annuity Sales The carrier will implement Insurance Technologies' ForeSight point-of-sale software.
AIG Board Says Miller to Be Interim CEO if Benmosche's Condition Worsens If AIG CEO Bob Benmosche's cancer were to render him unable to fulfill his duties, chairman Steve Miller would become interim CEO until a long-term replacement could be found.
Goldman Code Theft Case Shows Vulnerability of IT IP The prosecution of former Goldman Sachs employee Sergey Aleynikov shows how vulnerable vital systems-related intellectual property can be to the actions of rogue employees.
Sedgwick CMS to Acquire Factual Photo The vendor of claims and productivity management services expects its buy of the investigative services provider to be completed by November 1.
Teradata, CoreLogic Partner for Geospatial Services The offering helps insurers with underwriting processing, risk management, marketing and distribution management, according to the companies.
Physicians Mutual Selects FTNI's ETran for Payments The ETran platform features check scanning, ACH processing, and PCI-compliant credit card processing.
Zurich Latin America Taps Accenture for Core Systems The vendor will build and maintain underwriting, policy admin and claims systems in six Latin American countries over 10 years.
AIG's Benmosche Diagnosed with Cancer Currently undergoing "aggressive" chemotherapy, Benmosche reports feeling well and able to work his normal schedule.
In an Information-Rich World, Insight Will Characterize the Successful Insurance CIO As the number of devices generating and recording data explodes, those insurance CIOs who can derive new insights by unleashing the power of analytics will provide their companies with a competitive advantage, reports Mark Breading, Partner, SMA Strategy Meets Action.
NAIC Raps Allstate for Software-Related Claims Handling Inconsistencies A settlement between Allstate and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners serves as a reminder of the importance of consistent, standardized processes across the enterprise and that, in the end, the quality of computer output is only as good as the input.
State Farm Brings Steer Clear App to Android The application was released in February for the iPhone.
Navigators Launches New Web site The New York-based carrier has added a broker/agent portal and search function.
Chubb Makes Senior Management Appointments Among the appointments made retirement in light of the retirement of COO John Degnan on Dec. are that of Dino Robusto, who oversees IT, to president of personal lines and claims.
New Celtic HealthyTexas Site Features Online Quoting The site also allows employers to apply for coverage online or by downloading an application.
Aetna Promotions Continue, CIO Meg McCarthy Among Them McCarthy is being promoted to EVP, while CFO Joseph Zubretsky has been named senior EVP and CFO.
Argo Group Signs Instec for Policy Admin The specialty P&C carrier will implement Instec's rating and policy administration software, Quicksolver.
Israel Direct Taps Ness for SAP Implementation Ness will help implement a SAP-based enterprise resource planning system.
Drilling Down on Social Media Due Diligence for Insurers My blog post published earlier this week, "Facebook Privacy Breach Shows Hazards of Social Media for Insurers," triggered an exchange with Anand Rao, a partner at Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. Anand shares his insights into the hazards insurers face, and what regulators are likely to consider due diligence on the part of insurers.
Allstate Releases Social App Tag In by Allstate allows users to stay connected via text message to friends and family in a more private way than traditional social networking, the company says.
GuideOne Mutual Will Use iPartners' Insurance Scorecard The carrier will use the business intelligence system to define business opportunities from the information in its enterprise data warehouse.
Of Architecture and IT Innovation I recently watched a miniseries dramatizing the events surrounding the building of a Gothic cathedral, so I was excited to see the subject featured on NOVA last night.
New Mexico Mutual Expands Valen Predictive Analytics Relationship The workers' compensation carrier, which already uses Valen's UnderRight platform, is now adding AuditRight.
Zurich Names New Chief Claims Officer for North America Zurich names Steve Hatch Chief Claims Officer for North America.
Liberty Mutual Mobile Campaign Uses Apple's iAd Platform, Incorporates Twitter The expansion to the "Responsibility Project" invites interactions through Apple mobile devices.
Zurich Picks Detica Risk Management Platform for Life and Pensions Zurich cited increasing complexity and transaction volume growth in its selection of Detica NetReveal.
Feds Bust Medicare ID Theft Ring I&T's sister site Dark Reading has a story today on a healthcare fraud ring that stole doctors' and Medicare patients' identities. With the information, the ring operated phony clinics that billed Medicare and other insurers fraudelently for more than $165 million.
Manitoba Public Insurance Goes Live with FINEOS Claims The Canadian auto insurer says the implementation was completed on time and within budget.
Arkansas Blue Cross Taps Bravo Wellness to Manage Incentive Plans for Employers Bravo's program rewards employees for making positive lifestyle decisions, to drive down the cost of health care, according to the companies.
Nationwide Selects Optimum for Talent Management Optimum Solutions will deploy version 9.1 of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise suite.
The Hartford Names James Eckerly EVP of Newly Created Strategic Initiatives and Enterprise Technology Position Eckerly will report to The Hartford's chairman, president and CEO, Liam McGee.
Elite 8 2010: Masters of Change This year's Elite 8 honorees share an ability to both enact and cope with change.
Insurers Come To Grips With the Opportunities and Risks of Social Media Insurers are developing the means to control internal use of social media platforms and influence external discussions in ways that protect brand equity and advance business goals.
Facebook Privacy Breach Shows Hazards of Social Media for Insurers A key lesson of the Wall Street Journal investigation is how complex digital communications leaves a trail whereby opportunistic parties can gain access to information deemed to be private and even protected at some levels.
Unum Group Names Chief Actuary Unum Group names Al Riggieri Chief Actuary.
Artisan Contractors Selects 4Sight Business Intelligence The carrier will implement 4Sight for its P&C business.
Jackson Life Names President and CEO The Lansing, Mich.-based subsidiary of Prudential has promoted vice chairman and COO Mike Wells to the position.
Farmers Offers Coverage for FarmVille A promotion from the P&C carrier prevents crops in the social game from withering in return for placing a branded airship on the virtual farm.
ISoftStone Acquires Ascend Technologies The China-based BPO provider expects the buy to boost its offerings to insurers and other financial services providers.
P&C Carrier Torus Deploys Cognizant Risk Platform, Selects Guidewire Claims System The London-based carrier of property, casualty, specialty and reinsurance has deployed a risk engineering platform from Cognizant and selected Guidewire's ClaimCenter.
U.K. Insurer Launches Recruitment iPhone App LV=, a P&C and life insurer, is feeding open positions across its home country to the smartphone.
Unum's Kathy Owen Manages Large-Scale Tech Change En route to becoming Unum’s Global CIO, Kathy Owen has overseen game-changing technology improvements through several M&As.
NovaPro, Frasco Partner for Anti-Fraud Compliance Frasco will serve as the special investigative unit for NovaPro, ensuring compliance with all anti-fraud regulatory requirements.