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 October 2012
Insurers report being prepared in advance for the catastrophe and remaining busy handling claims and other customer concerns.
We won't know for some time how damaging Sandy has been, but a little historical perspective is in order lest we think we don't need to prepare for such events in the not-too-distant future.
Few insurers reachable in an area where mass power outages, flooded roads and closed facilities prevail.
Wolters Kluwer's Kathy Donovan reports that some East Coast regulators issued bulletins and alerts to give insurers guidance on their responsibilities related to Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA says Sandy could cause $3 billion in wind damage alone; others place Sandy in the company of Irene, Ike and maybe beyond.
CIO David Lawless reports that the NYC-headquartered company's Northeast employees are working safely from home, thanks to virtualization, and that Oregon-based claims staff are at the ready.
PURE will be able to maintain uninterrupted processing, communications and remote work through cloud-based policy administration, claims, telephony and call center.
Leading companies are instituting enterprise analytic practices, but that's just the beginning of the journey to developing the ability to compete on data analytics.
Jackson National CIO Mark Clark shares thoughts about the technologies shaping the insurance industry in the near future.
Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2012 advisory board members discuss what characterizes the successful insurance CIO in a time of great change.
In today's highly charged insurance market, the pressure on technology executives can be extreme. Here's how some of the 2012 Elite 8 leaders balance their work and personal lives.
The ordeal of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 shows not only the importance of teamwork but also the ultimate importance of individual motivation, Nando Parrado said in his address to the general session during the Guidewire Connections conference.
The vendor has pooled data shared within its user community, combined it with external content, and developed apps to deliver meaningful insights.
This latest win shows not only the appetite of top tier companies for simplifying their technology environments, but also the maturity of configurable core insurance software and Guidewire’s maturity as a vendor.
The executives selected as Elite 8 2012 honorees have reached the heights of their profession by being savvy observers of the digital landscape and prudent marshals of technology. Here are some of their views on the latest and greatest enterprise solutions.
CIO Sal Abano has drawn on a 26-year military career, including his experience as the U.S. Army's regional CTO in Iraq, in applying a team leadership approach in IT to support Tower Group Companies' growth. By Anthony O'Donnell
Grange Insurance CIO Michael Fergang's tenure demonstrates that developing a creative team with the right business mind-set can result in delivery of solutions unforeseen by the business.
Through SVP and CIO Mark Clark's sound technology philosophy and a focus on team excellence, Jackson National's IT organization has become not merely an effective business supporter, but a driver of growth.
The benefits solutions-focused company selected Sapiens offering best met the company's long-term strategic objectives after an extensive evaluation process.
Insurance & Technology once again has the pleasure of introducing the year’s Elite 8 Award winners, who will be featured in I&T Daily during the course of the week.
Nationwide Financial CIO Susan Gueli has led a highly motivated team to simplify systems and build market-leading capabilities for the insurer's adviser distributors.
CIOs looking to make an impression should take advantage of “low-hanging fruit," and not avoid the major “career-killing” initiatives but be as transparent as possible about risks, acting in the character of a strategic advisor with a unique view of the enterprise.
The Harvard Business Review calls "data scientist" the sexiest job of the 21st century, and when it comes to data, what applies to industry generally applies to insurance specifically at least as much.
The Investment Optimizer risk/reward efficient frontier analysis solution, available as software or services, uses stochastic modeling to enable asset-and-liability modeling and places investment risk in the context of underwriting, liability and operational risks.
Today's insurance CIO faces the demand to support growth and profitability, increase focus on the customer, and develop new data capabilities to support regulatory demands and other business imperatives, according to Ernst & Young's David Hollander.
While insurers are still in the early stages of adopting big data for underwriting, those that can hit the target now are likely to outpace their competitors -- if they can get the insight into the hands of decision makers.