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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 May 2010

ACORD LOMA 2010: The Year of Facebook

The Facebook buzz is the latest and most alarming signal that consumer behavior is accelerating beyond the insurance industry's ability to keep pace with it.

Northwestern Mutual Names John E. Schlifske Chairman and CEO

Current company president John E. Schlifske will succeed Ed Zore as CEO on July 1 and chairman as of Aug. 1. Gary Poliner will take on Schlifske's former role of president, and has also been named chief risk officer by Northwestern Mutual's board of trustees.

Thunderhead Launches New Forms Management Feature Set

The new Thunderhead NOW Advanced Forms Management feature set delivers four capabilities that provide greater management control and visibility, and reduce the risk of noncompliance while expediting form completion.

HP Introduces Claims Correspondence Solution

The HP Exstream solution, which supports critical front-office claims business processes, is designed to improve customer retention while reducing costs and compliance risks.

StoneRiver Debuts Customer Stream Solution

A component within StoneRiver's Stream product suite, the browser-based Customer Stream solution enables P&C carriers to manage information about parties such as claimants, agents, and body repair shops.

Senate Financial Reform Bill Mostly a Relief for Insurers

The potential for duplicative federal insurance regulation did not materialize within the Restoring American Stability Act of 2010 passed by the Senate, but concerns still remain how the final law will affect the industry after passage through the House later this year.

Jackson's First Quarter Sales Rise 62 Percent

Jackson National Life's flagship variable annuity offering Perspective II has helped the carrier tall a 108 percent year-over-year rise in variable annuity sales to $3.1 billion.

SAP's Acquisition of Sybase Brings Strategic Synergies

SAP will help Sybase increase its penetration in the insurance market, while Sybase's mobile capabilities will open up possibilities for new ways to deliver SAP solutions to insurance carriers and their customers.

EXL Acquires LifePRO PAS Vendor PDMA

Through its client work, services firm EXL has deep experience working on the LifePRO policy administration platform, which is deployed at about 40 insurers worldwide.

SAP Will Acquire Sybase for $5.8b

Sybase will continue to operate on a standalone basis after the acquisition, which SAP says will create synergistic benefits for both companies.

Allstate CIO Details Cloud Computing Strategy

"For a company like Allstate with a data and customer-centric focus, being able to ensure performance, operability and integration are of utmost importance," says Allstate CIO Cathy Brune. "The business case isn't always there either - it's not always less expensive or better."

Facebook FTC Complaint: Insurers Should Distance Themselves From Exploitative Practices

Prominent insurance users of the platform have adopted the best practice of not using Facebook or other social media sites to directly advertise products or transact business. To emphasize that more respectful distance from direct commercial conversations, they may want to explicitly state their disapproval of Facebook's exploitation of user information, if the allegations are demonstrated to be true.

New Tech Increasingly Extends the Life of Legacy Policy Admin Systems

Newer technologies have provided increasingly effective means to extend the life of existing systems. For example, MajescoMastek has utilized service-oriented architecture (SOA) to build its service bridge offering, which unifies data from policy admin systems to branch office systems, new business systems and practically any other systems.

StoneRiver Adds Billing Offering to Stream Solution Set

Billing Stream is designed to maximize real-time processing and support standard direct bill functionality, including single policy- and account-level billing, and multiple payment options, such as electronic funds transfer, credit cards, mortgagee billing, and payroll deduction.

Profit With A Purpose: Microinsurance Fund Logs Record Investments

If microinsurance is indeed a viable business, then we should look forward to companies like J.P.Morgan touting its profitability rather than emphasizing its social value. Charity may or may not be effective, but a business proposition that truly benefits both parties to the deal will ensure that capital will continue to flow to places where it can do great good.

Beacon Mutual To Implement FirstBest Agent Portal

FirstBest Agent will be an integral part of Beacon Mutual's BEACONNECT site, providing upload, supplemental questions, STP quoting, and real-time collaboration and visibility into the submission process for its 400 agents, according to the vendor.

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