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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
posted in September 2009

AXA U.K. Selects Duck Creek

Working in collaboration with TCS, Duck Creek will supply its EXAMPLE Platform to AXA Insurance U.K. in support of the carrier's commercial business.

Insurers Warm to Flexible Technology Architecture

Technology transformation is being driven by business leaders who recognize the need for a technology architecture that will efficiently support distributors' and customers' rapidly evolving demands.

Guardian Implements Siemens Unified Communication Solution

The OpenScape Unified Communications Server and OpenScape Voice Application solution will enable Guardian to deliver advanced features, centralize and streamline its network and protect its existing technology investment, vendor says.

Web 2.0 Look Before You Leap - Before you jump into social media, ask yourself: Do you know who speaks on your behalf?

In order to successfully utilize the new social media tool as part of a complete, and many are now calling it a "traditional" marketing strategy, senior leadership should involve all levels of a company. But either one person or a department needs to be in charge of creating and executing the company's policy. Otherwise, your company's genuine message will get shut out by all the clutter.

Mark Berthiaume Addresses the Big Picture at Chubb

The enterprise IT governance and strategy initiatives driven by Mark Berthiaume, CIO of Chubb's Specialty and Commercial divisions, are highlights of a career transcending the limits of business lines and of IT itself.

Patni Announces Cloud Services Strategy

The vendor's The Cloud Acceleration Program (CAP) is designed to contain customers' IT costs, protect critical assets, plan for disaster recovery, integrate global business processes, and advance business continuity and business agility.

Chubb Provides Paper-Free Solution to Agents

Chubb Commercial PaperFree, available to agents using Applied Systems or Vertafore agency management systems, improves on the former procedure of agents receiving a paper copy of documents through the mail or accessing them via Chubb's Web site prior to scanning them and uploading them to their agency management system.

Farmers Creates iClaims Mobile App for Customers

Provided free of charge to customers, the application enables policy holders to store their agent's contact information and report claims from the scene of the loss from their iPhone or iTouch.

Wawanesa Insurance to Implement Guidewire ClaimCenter

The Winnipeg-based P&C carrier expects ClaimCenter to enhance customer service capabilities, automate processes for operational efficiency and reduced cost, and to provide its staff with a modern, easy-to-use system, according to a joint source.

NAMIC: Mr. President, If It Aint Broke...

"We agree with President Obama that financial services regulation should hold companies and regulators accountable for their actions that contributed to the financial crisis. However, it is important to remember that not every regulator failed in this crisis. Great care should be taken to avoid overreacting with any new regulatory proposal that could limit the abilities of regulators that have been effective."

Progress on Analytics, Consequences of IBM/SPSS: A Conversation With SAS's Stuart Rose

"Ten years ago, business intelligence was standard reporting and ad hoc query analysis; now it's profiling, forecasting, predictive modeling and optimization," says Stuart Rose of SAS. "A challenge for SPSS, as with other recent acquisitions by large global corporations like IBM, is the ability to remain focused, agile and innovative. Being privately held gives SAS the ability to pump more than 20 percent of our revenue into R&D every year and keep innovation at the forefront."

9/11: Gratitude and Vigilance

We must remember, in order to honor the dead, to honor the sacrifices and losses of the living, and to bear in mind that in the great sweep of history eight years is the blink of an eye. That's true from a risk management and business continuity perspective, as well as from a national security perspective.

Liberty Mutual Creates Group Life Benefits Site

The site accompanies the carrier's publication of a step-by-step guide that reviews the critical tasks employers must complete following the death of an employee.

iPipeline Releases Enhanced Illustration Suite

Among the new concepts and enhancements incorporated into Illustration Suite 7.1 are the expansion of Advanced Sales to 30 concepts including Split-Dollar Comparison, Term versus Permanent, and Mortgage Acceleration; and two new Needs Analysis concepts, Key Person Valuation and Pension Maximization.

AIG, Benmosche and the Vindication of Hank Greenberg

With the arrival of Benmosche at AIG, it is again imaginable that the brand could survive and thrive once more. And it is possible that his actions to rehabilitate Greenberg's reputation may grant the former AIG boss an opportunity for self-vindication.

NAMIC Makes Senior Officer Promotions

The promotions of Jimi Grande and Neil Alldredge coincide with the retirement of Carl Parks, the association's senior vice president of government affairs.

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