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 June 2007
It wasn't long ago that public officials in Florida were casting serious aspersions on Newark, Calif.-based catastrophe/hurricane modeling specialist Risk Management Solutions (RMS) for supposedly stacking the deck in favor of insurance companies by switching to a medium-term model that emphasized the increased frequency and severity of recent storms. However, it seems the two parties have come to an understand
The insurance industry continues to struggle to attract talent, in great measure because the workings of the industry demand a high level of talent, despite what the more cynically minded among us might say. Here at I&T we're in the midst not so much of attracting talent as identifying it, as we move toward the deadline for nominations for Insurance & Technology's Elite 8. This annual issue profiles eight innovative and successful senior technology executives in the insurance indus
Jim Sweeney has built a career on partnering with business and IT to optimize solutions delivery, as exemplified by his recent role as second vice president at Guardian Life (New York), where he transformed the carrier's corporate project management office, and as a consultant before that.
Novato, Calif.-based Fireman's Fund has issued a press release saying CEO Joe Beneducci has resigned, effective immediately. The carrier has named former CEO, Chuck Kavitsky, president of Allianz of America, interim CEO.
Skywire Software (Frisco, Texas), announced the availability of InsBridge 3.8, the latest release of the rating, rules and underwriting system. InsBridge is a Web-based rating, rules and underwriting system that can integrate with any platform and operate on all major operating systems, according to Skywire. Key features of the new release inclue impor
Trumbull Services announced source-it vm, the newest in a series of products designed to improve the way subrogation claims are handled. In a BPO environment, source-it vm allows companies to improve productivity and eliminate tasks associated with managing a vendor network for subrogatable losses. An inventory scorecard provides performance measures including: collection, cycle time, settlement, and accurate and timely reports and payments
Pendo Systems, Inc., New York-based provider of the portfolio accounting solutions BasisPoint, reported that it has signed Chicago-based American Agricultural Insurance Co. as its newest client. According to David Elstrom, VP, accounting systems and internal controls, at American Agricultural, "We selected BasisPoint for our nearly $1 billion of investments because it offers the most comprehensive features in an intuitive, easy-to-use pac
Fiserv has debuted eFreedom Annual Statement, a new system for NAIC filing software that is designed for enterprisewide deployment, and which offers enhanced security features. This new .NET solution represents a complete redesign and reinvention of the NAIC filing process for insurance accountants. According to Fiserv, waiting for crosschecks and internal calculations is eliminated with the sy
CSC has announced the release of Precedent ID, a Web-based application that enables adjusters to search an insurer's unique closed claim database for potentially precedential claims to support assessment and negotiation, according to the vendor. The software incorporates new technology to analyze the relationships and constraints surrounding injuries, treatments, prognoses and loss payments. CSC claims th
San Jose, Calif.-based Business Objects announced that it has extended its insurance planning solution to life and health insurance. The build-out of the activity analysis solution will include the ACORD business processes in its insurance activities library. Life insurance-specific reports include balance sheets, income statements and
Camilion Solutions introduced Authority Suite, which it describes as a next-generation policy administration system for the property and casualty market. Leveraging a service-oriented architecture and built on a tools-based technology platform, Authority Suite gives insurers the agility they need to overcome the challenges created by hard-coded legacy systems, according to Camilion, including the ability to quickly revise and develop new pro
By Anthony O'Donnell
There was a curious moment during former Secretary of State Colin Powell's keynote speech Monday at the 2007 IASA Educational Conference & Business Show. Powell rhapsodized about the open and generous character of the American people, and how in the post-9/11 era Americans need to cultivate that character and continue to welcome the outside world with open arms.
"I can believe, given all the hype, that we are, as an industry, once again on the cusp of doing something stupid," said Judy Johnson, Patni.
Former Guardian Life CTO Jaime Sguerra has joined MetLife as vice president, institutional service center systems.
Michael Fergang serves as president of the board to Columbus, Ohio non-profit Amethyst, Inc., which helps to reintegrate women with addiction problems into the mainstream of society.
Insurance carriers were able to hone their catastrophe response capabilities in the aftermath of Kansas tornadoes.
By stressing context over content, next-generation insurance enterprise content management (ECM) solutions transparently and efficiently access information from disparate source systems.