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 Anthony O'Donnell

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Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information technology in the property/casualty, life and health insurance industries, following the trends and issues faced by senior technology executives. In addition to reporting and editorial duties for I&T, O'Donnell also serves as a moderator and speaker at industry events and broadcasts. He began his editorial career in the healthcare industry where he reported and edited for medical publications with a variety of audiences, from the general public to physicians and researchers. He has also worked in the healthcare field as a media relations professional and Spanish/English interpreter/translator, and has taught English composition and conversation classes to native speakers of Spanish, both in the United States and in Latin America. O'Donnell lives in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and two sons.

Articles by Anthony O'Donnell

Motorists Insurance Group's User Stories Drive BI Buy-In

While MIG's IT organization's initial attempts to build enterprise BI capabilities lacked support, incremental delivery of business value through focused "User Stories" has put the company on track to develop BI as a core competency.

Insurers Must Prepare For Big Data's Impact On ERM

The rapidly increasing volume, variety and velocity of information circulation will affect how insurers manage enterprise risk, but many carriers are struggling with the basic problems of data aggregation, integration and governance.

CIOs Must Be Leaders, Not Mere Technocrats

Technical competence is never enough, at least not for inspiring excellence in execution in others, helping them to be better than the teams you're competing against.

Gartner: Personal Loss Control Could Reduce Losses 20% by 2015

What a new Gartner report terms "active loss prevention" could usher in a new era of insurer/policyholder cooperation in the prevention of loss of property and person — potentially reshaping consumers' perception of the value of the insurance industry.

Tech Must Play Critical Role in Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Debut

Start up ventures without legacy burdens enjoy a great opportunity for a forward-looking management team to really embed analytics and digital communications into their strategy, but others can leverage technology for specialty success, suggests Martina Conlon, Novarica.

FIO and NYDFS: A Tale of Two Reports

New York Insurance Commissioner Ben Lawsky's criticism of captive reinsurance deals appears sensationalist in light of the yesterday's FIO report and industry-side statements.

Moore Tornado May Spur CAT Reserving Regulatory Reform

If insurers were permitted to put aside funds with favorable tax treatment, it would not take long to build up significant reserves that would be available in the event of a catastrophe, notes Howard Mills, chief advisor with Deloitte LLP's insurance industry group.

KCC Releases WindfieldBuilder Hurricane Track and Wind Spread Tool

Already used by top ten P&C carriers and reinsurers, the tool has been made generally available to enable customers to create realistic footprints for hurricanes both before and after landfall and to conduct detailed claims analyses using their own loss experience.

OMS National Insurance Selects Full Accenture P&C Suite

OMSNIC will use Accenture's Policy Administration, Billing and Claim Components software in order to create a single integrated solution for rating, quoting, underwriting, billing, claims administration and policy lifecycle support.

New Novarica Analyst From CIO Side

In his new role as analyst, former Navy Mutual CIO Tom Benton will report on core system transformation, IT strategy and project management, with a focus on life and annuity carriers.

Q&A: Republic Indemnity CIO Innovates on a Tight Budget

Rao Tadepalli, CIO of Republic Indemnity, has found ways to innovate in a resource-constrained environment, finding efficiencies through digitizing documentation and improving efficiencies through core system transformation and process reengineering.

A CIO’s First 100 Days: Seven Steps to Success

New York Life’s senior managing director and chief information officer in the company’s Investments Group recommends seven stages to complete a successful first 100 days, leading to longer-term success.

SeaPass BOLT and the Sea Change in Commercial Lines

The BOLT Platform reflects the rapid evolution of the insurance distribution ecosystem in which now both commercial and personal customers demand multi-channel availability of quotes, comparisons, customer service and transactional efficiencies.

I&T's Elite 8 2013: Now Accepting Nominations!

Now in their 15th year, I&T's Elite 8 Awards recognize CIOs and other senior executives who have driven energetic, creative and innovative use of information technology to advance their company's success.

Analysts Assess Insurity's AQS Acquisition

This latest manifestation of the Hartford-based vendor's renaissance exemplifies several industry trends, including a preference for core system suites, the importance of scale and the demand for ISO rating capabilities.

How is Insurance Technology Like Downton Abbey?

The great English house is a legacy system embedded in an institution with a history of hostile takeover. Its survival depends on accessing new talent and reorienting itself to understand its mission from an outside-in perspective.

Mobile: The Road Ahead for Insurers

The insurance industry has begun to provide relevant mobile capabilities to customers and distributors, but carriers must develop strategies of engagement beyond mobile that embrace the data processing implications of 'the Internet of things.'

Microinsurance: Monitoring a Maturing Market

Microinsurance may cover as many as 1 billion people by 2020, according to the Microinsurance Network, but questions remain as to the potential profitability of the business in a given geography.

Grading Insurers' Sandy Claims Response

The picture of how well or how poorly insurers responded to Hurricane Sandy is complex. While some carriers did outstanding work, others were slow to respond, disappointing the public, agents and brokers. Some carriers' legalistic wrangling about claims has magnified that disappointment.

10 Pillars Of An Effective Insurance ERM Framework

Insurers must evaluate risk with greater accuracy, granularity and timeliness. Ernst & Young's Bill Spinard provides a framework for the proper concepts, procedures and technology to achieve genuine enterprise risk management.

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