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Content tagged with Channels posted in May 2012
8 Priorities for the 2012 IASA Annual Conference
Slideshows  |  5/31/2012  | 
Attendees at next week’s 2012 IASA Educational Conference and Business Show in San Diego are being encouraged to “Achieve Greatness” through networking, educational sessions and interaction with technology companies on the exhibit floor. Greatness may be elusive but there definitely will be a focus on hot topics such as data and analytics, financial management, distribution and mobile capabilities. I&T asked a cross-section of conference participants to identify their prioritie
Moving Forward With Mobile: Insurers Must Have the Right Expectations, Risks and Skills
Commentary  |  5/31/2012  | 
Optimism about growing mobile penetration combined with ongoing concern about security risks provides an uncertain context to insurers as they weigh their investments in the mobile channel.
Looking Forward to IASA: Aite Group’s Stephen Applebaum
Commentary  |  5/31/2012  | 
Hot topics discussed at the conference include business innovation and agile process transformation; the management and analysis of “big data”; a focus on customer-centricity; and evolving mobile and portal solutions for insurance distribution.
Delivering Mobile Business Intelligence for Insurance Agents
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Primerica extends business intelligence to its distribution force using MeLLmo’s Roambi presentation layer solution for mobile devices.
What Makes a Great iPad App for Insurance Agents?
Slideshows  |  5/30/2012  | 
Best practices for creating a great policyholder experience on Apple's iPad are well established throughout the insurance industry. Now insurance organizations are discovering how to create the best applications for their agents and distributors.
iPads Enable Lincoln Financial's Wholesalers, Advisers to More Effectively Serve Clients
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Providing wholesalers and advisers with mobile capabilities on Apple's iPad helps Lincoln Financial's distribution organization stand out, according to Rob Pal, head of Lincoln Financial Distributors.
5 Steps Insurers Can Take to Meet Consumer Demand for e-Payment Capabilities
Commentary  |  5/29/2012  | 
The maturing of e-payments technology, changing customer demographics and the shift to a customer-centric approach to winning and retaining policyholders are combining to are compel insurers to change the way they interact with customers during the payment process. The author presents five steps toward adopting e-payments capabilities.
What's Next in BYOD Investment: Preventing Malware Attacks and Managing Costs
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Today a robust mobile device management platform is a given. But what other software can help insurers feel secure about allowing employees to access the corporate network on personal devices?
Wells Fargo Expands Check Scanning: Opportunity for Agents?
Commentary  |  5/25/2012  | 
The bank has announced support for Panini scanners: Could their brokerage arm embrace them?
Security First Insurance Launches All-Inclusive Homeowners Insurance iPhone App
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Security First Insurance launches all-inclusive homeowners insurance iPhone app; Florida-based insurer introduces app to streamline the claims process, in time for 2012 hurricane season.
Top Technologies for the 2012 Hurricane Season
Slideshows  |  5/24/2012  | 
The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, is likely to be relatively mild compared to recent years. But even a less-active season or a Category 1 storm places tremendous demands on insurance companies in terms of risk modeling and underwriting, catastrophe response and claims management/payments. Here’s a review of some of the key technologies and tools insurers must have in their arsenals to provide the right levels of service during the 2012 hurricane season.
Q&A: Great-West Life Crafts Mobile Service Solutions for Group Benefit Customers and Plan Members
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Brad Fedorchuk, VP, Group Marketing, talks about the opportunities and challenges of mobility, and how Great-West Life has created a strategy to complement its existing online and and call center capabilities.
Next-Gen Mobile Strategies Become Table Stakes Quickly
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
It only takes a short time for insurers and vendors to ramp up mobile capabilities to match competition.
Online Insurance Exchanges Attract More Than $1 Billion in Grants
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Recent federal investments in state health insurance exchanges bring total grant funding to more than $1 billion. Needed next: strong security.
GEICO Launches Mobile Quoting for Motorcycle Insurance
News  |  5/18/2012  | 
Optimized for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7, policies can be purchased through a mobile web site.
SeaPass Extends Portal to Mobile
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
The company claims the new offering facilitates bring-your-own-device initiatives.
ID Federation Draws Closer to Solving Password Problem
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
Insurers and vendors join forces in nonprofit to identify login standards for independent agents.
Aetna Selects Kony to Revamp Mobile App
News  |  5/14/2012  | 
The new platform allowed the health insurer to add capabilities.
What’s the Buzz at the 2012 ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum?
Slideshows  |  5/11/2012  | 
Although an array of hot topics — including analytics, cloud computing, mobile technology and social media — will be on the agenda at next week’s 2012 ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum in Orlando, conference participants will have their own priorities. I&T asked industry executives what they’ll be looking for at this year’s Forum.
CIO of Mobile Innovator 1st Guard Talks Strategy, Trade-Offs
News  |  5/10/2012  | 
1st Guard CIO Dan Ribar discusses how the truck insurer's unique customer base has shaped a comprehensive mobile strategy that includes web site, device, content management and the latest enhancements to its TRUCKER1 iPhone app.
Insurers Lead Financial Sector in Mobile Investment, But Are Accessed the Least
News  |  5/9/2012  | 
Research from Millenial Media and ComScore finds that insurance companies are investing the most in mobile capabilities, but have the least amount of usage.
Prepare for Deep Auto Insurance Premium Drop Scenario, Celent Report Advises
News  |  5/8/2012  | 
The combined impact of four technologies has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of auto premium, and thus overall premium, in the U.S. P&C insurance industry over the next decade, according to author Donald Light.
Interactive Intelligence Releases Mobile Development Platform for Customer Service
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
Interaction Mobilizer provides a single platform to develop for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, as well as Facebook.
CompWest Insurance Adopts Valen's InsureRight Analytics Solution
News  |  5/7/2012  | 
The carrier will use the InsureRight predictive analytics solution as a foundation for assessing new growth opportunities and more accurately pricing its current book of business.
8 Priorities for More Effective Mobile Security
Slideshows  |  5/4/2012  | 
Smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.7 billion in 2017, forecasts telecommunications analyst Ovum – more evidence that the growth of the mobile channel presents opportunities for insurance companies in areas as diverse as distribution, claims and customer service. However, security remains a huge concern – especially as the bring-your-own-device movement means increasing volumes of sensitive corporate and client information are handled on mobile devices. To help insurers opti
Where Do Insurers Stand on Mobile Security Today?
Commentary  |  5/3/2012  | 
Measures such as wiping only enterprise data from the phone of a terminated employee, limiting access and installing virus protection are only the start of what insurers must do to address the vulnerabilities of the emerging mobile channel.
OneBeacon Professional Insurance to Deploy FirstBest Underwriting Management System
News  |  5/2/2012  | 
The carrier will use FirstBest UMS to streamline underwriting and deliver superior collaboration to better accommodate brokers' timeframes and deadlines by making it easier for them to directly access and collaborate with OneBeacon Professional Insurance's experts.
4 Critical Questions About Mobile IT Security Strategy
Commentary  |  5/1/2012  | 
How to ensure that your strategy clear about the planned usage of capabilities when shaping a security strategy for mobile devices.

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