Bancassurance: Are We There Yet?
Insurance companies in the US, Canada and the UK face some of the same technology challenges when it comes to
successfully marketing insurance through banks. But regulatory changes in the US, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
and the legalization of electronic signatures, may mean getting insured through a bank will become a more common
The Need for Speed
You know that when that checkered flag is waved, you've got the speed to put you out ahead of your rivals and keep
you there. At least that's how it will feel if and when you're really up to speed with broadband communications.
HIPAA Privacy Regulations Postponed by Bush
After being signed by President Bill Clinton, the privacy provisions contained in the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) will have to wait for at least another 60 days as an order from President George W. Bush in
January blocked some of the last-minute executive orders and rules laid down by the outgoing president.
For nearly a decade, technology executives have struggled with a challenge more daunting than justifying a budget or
mastering a new programming language: the challenge of managing headcount. Early in the '90s, the issue was one of
streamlining, reengineering, empowering-a variety of euphemisms that all came down to staff cuts. One insurance
company after another went through a very public downsizing, and much of that downsizing occurred in the back office,
data center or some other techie habit