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 August 2011
TMM expects efficiency and greater speed-to-market when Sapiens' RapidSure Policy Administration and Reinsurance solutions go live later this year.
Insurers across the nation used social media channels to reach out to policyholders, while carriers in Irene's path ramped up not only their claims responses but also their business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
ESRI's Hurricanes & Cyclones map illustrates both now standard tracking features and also the kind
of private interaction undertaken to preserve lives and property and mitigate insured losses.
Richard Wiedenbeck, VP of IT for Ameritas Life Insurance, is leading an IT strategy to help the carrier fulfill its potential as an innovator in the annuities and retirement space.
Enhancements to the RADIENCE Administration and INGENIUM systems foster greater speed-to-market,
lower project risk and cost, accelerated implementation and greater accessibility to distribution
and customer service channels, according to the vendor.
Thunderhead NOW will allow Guild Insurance to centralize corporate identities and customer
information to simplify the process of creating documents and policies while improving the usability
of documents for its customers.
The new offering responds to increasing demand for systems supporting more sophisticated group
About 370 Duck Creek employees will join Accenture Software.
The resulting entity will aim to realize "many potential synergies" between the three companies,
says CEO Roni Al-Dor.
Vertafore's wholly owned subsidiary Sircon will incorporate Kaplan's producer on-boarding compliance
capabilities into its existing solution.
The company applied capital from the $2.16 sale of Nan Shan Life Insurance to Ruen Chen Investment Holding Company to reduce the U.S. government investment.
Hart's experience includes serving as chief underwriting officer for Zurich North America
Commercial's (ZNAC) Specialty Products business and, most recently, head of risk operations within
the carrier's Group Risk Management organization where she was responsible for driving Zurich's
operational risk and control activities.
The ability to predict where tornadoes are more likely to strike becomes more attractive in a year that has seen over 1200 of the funnel clouds and over $1.1 billion in property damage. What state do your underwriters think has more high-risk zones?
The release offers a new building valuation capability that RMS says helps re/insurers to identify
potential valuation issues with particular lines of business, regions, or portfolios, and to
understand the risk associated with under and over-valuation of properties
Since the notorious suit against Guidewire, Accenture has abundantly clarified its status as a
software provider and caused industry observers to energetically anticipate the meaning of its
latest acquisition in terms of the insurance software competitive playing field.
The European Parliament supports an implementation deadline extension from Jan. 2013 to
Jan. 2014, but insurers will still have to get systems and processes in place by the end
Insurers are expanding their use of cloud-based offerings. But carriers are avoiding any cloud-related services that could jeopardize the security and privacy of sensitive data.
The P&C industry has limited exposure to government bonds and has enough financial strength in
reserve to cover the equivalent of 12 Hurricane Katrinas, according to the Insurance Information
The reversal in convictions in U.S. v. Ferguson raises questions about prosecutors' zeal, and have
implications for civil case against Hank Greenberg filed by former New York Attorney General Eliot
Spitzer in 2005.
Vendor M&A helps insurers by giving smaller vendors financial strength, expanded markets and
implementation capabilities, but integration of new solutions with existing solutions may present a
serious challenge to some larger vendors.
The Bangalore-based BPO vendor gains a platform, while the vendor of the Wynsure system gains market access, scale and implementation capabilities.