Profile of 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 2011
Proven technologies can help insurers entice customers, lower operational costs and develop innovative business processes, but caution tends to win over audacity when it comes to adopting those technologies.
In remarks at the vendor's user group conference in San Francisco, Ryu spoke of the company's growth, its possession of "the largest software engineering team dedicated to the P&C industry," and said a planned IPO would support the company's original goal to be a "long-term, standalone, independent company."
In addition to enhancements to its PolicyCenter, ClaimCenter and BillingCenter offerings, Guidewire has launched modules for Client Data Management, Rating Management and Reinsurance Management.
Much like Cigna's GO YOU program, Aviva's aggressive Youmanity campaign is supported by concrete technology initiatives, according to Aviva USA CIO Jeff Frazee.
Cigna CIO says that the company's redefined focus on the individual customer will permeate every project the health insurer's IT organization will undertake.
The modernization gesture that began with Java versions of key CSC applications has blossomed into a full-blown strategy dominated by forward-looking commitments.
The modular suite of services is designed to replace ad hoc, technology-focused decision-making with a business-led portfolio management strategy aimed at increasing agility, reducing costs and decreasing business and operational risk.
Insurers' incompetence at meeting customer expectations will likely drive younger generations into the arms of new entrants to the industry.
The new delivery mode enables consumption-based pricing for Exceed Billing for P&C, life and annuity and health insurance carriers, while also bringing benefits of enhanced productivity, market agility and improved customer and agent satisfaction.
The new mobile functionality as designed to enable field personnel to perform time-sensitive tasks remotely and securely, according to the vendor.
Pieroni will be responsible for Marsh's global operations and will focus on the Marsh platform to maximize performance and delivery what the broker characterizes as superior, differentiated value for its clients.
CompVision solution will support quotes, rating, policy issuance and transactions for all XL's workers' compensation business as of early 2012.
A traditional user of HP Exstream for high-volume communications output, the insurer conducted a pilot that cut agents' transaction time to less than half, while reducing the need to code and cutting the network burden in half.
While drafting up my own memories of Sept. 11, 2001, I reached out to a few readers about their experiences and thoughts about the aftermath. What is your recollection of that day that will live in infamy?
Innovation Group's Insurer Pyramid is a new .NET version of the system the vendor gained through the 2001 acquisition of Pyramid.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Deutsche Bank Securities and Citigroup will act as joint book-running managers for the offering.
The carrier's surplus lines industry-first new business platform enables agents to underwrite, rate, quote, bind and issue policies.
If NOAA were seriously underfunded, could the insurance industry and others fund the equivalent of the Hurricane Hunters and other vital services?
Overhyped or not, Irene added meaningful catastrophe losses to the 2011 tally and we're far from out of the woods as September begins.