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 July 2007
Critics of Eliot Spitzer have had the pleasure of watching the former New York Attorney General and now Governor get a dose of his own medicine.
A changing industry is driving the transformation of the finance function within insurance companies and financial services in general, as companies seek to cut operating costs and improve revenue in an effort to achieve greater profitability and return on equity. But the proximate drivers of and key tools to achieve that transformation are technology related, according to a BearingPoint study.
As the U.S. insurance industry moves toward principle-based reserving to demonstrate capital adequacy, actuaries are collaborating with their IT departments to adopt more-sophisticated risk-modeling technologies.
Before the industrial revolution, summer tended to be the time for campaigning -- the military kind, not the political kind which now lasts multiple years, let alone seasons -- and intense agricultural activity. No doubt the farmers are still on a more demanding schedule this time of year, but when it comes to the insurance industry, summer is a time of relative repose. It doesn't rival the last couple of weeks in the year for quiet, but with the spring trade show cycle past and vacations deplet
The announcement on July 17th that MajescoMastek has acquired Vector Insurance Services is further evidence that the Indian parent company Mastek is working hard to find a place at the North American insurance technology vendor table.
The Hartford Financial Services Group's new platform lets agents import data from leading agency management systems, avoiding the need to re-key information needed to quote and place business.
AXA Distributors boosts the security, access control and utility of its producer portal.
Larry Blakeman has moved from being CIO of MetLife Auto & Home to the CIO role for the carrier's Individual Business division, in the wake of former Individual Business CIO Jeff Stoll's retirement.
Jeff Stoll has retired from his job as CIO of Individual Business (IB) at MetLife. Larry Blakeman has moved from his role as CIO of MetLife Auto & Home to take on the IB CIO job. In a phone conversation Stoll said that he was tired and that it was time for a change, so he decided to take some personal time.
With every risk comes an opportunity for the insurance industry, which is another way of saying it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. That's small recompense for living in a world where cruel fanatics are increasingly driven to attack civilians - men, women and children - for the sake of their perverse beliefs.
As part of its strategic effort to distinguish itself in the extremely competitive Chicago market through Web-oriented customer service, Delta Dental of Illinois (DDIL, Lisle, Ill.; about $400 million in premium) has launched self-service reports to group benefit administrator users of its employer portal. The Business Objects XI ap