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 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 April 2008

Predictions: More Hurricanes in 2008, Ice Age to Follow

"Companies should not be resting on their laurels when developing risk management strategies and determining prices. Instead, insurers need to factor in issues surrounding climate change and must look to incorporate long-term weather trends into their pricing," says Tom Hettinger, managing director, EMB America.

NFS Standardizes Reporting on WebFOCUS

Nationwide Financial moves to consolidate enterprise operational reporting onto a single platform, leveraging the latest release of Information Builders' WebFOCUS.

Alignment From The Top: Great CEOs and CIOs

As much progress as CIOs have made over the last decade in making their mark on strategic direction, their ability to bring their influence to bear remains dubious. That being the case, "it is critical that the ultimate strategic leadership of the insurer -- the CEO -- understand the potential enablers IT brings, since they are often the only leader that can get past the tyranny of the ROI model," says Chuck Johnston of Oracle.

Survey Says Wall Street Likes Insurance IT Spend

Among the survey's surprising findings were P&C and life insurance analysts' bullishness on operational efficiency or "transformational" programs - which at 77 percent ranked only slightly behind share buybacks (83%) and well ahead of product and service innovations (56%) in respondents' identification of important uses of capital.

Allstate's Savvy Online PR

Allstate has not only made use of the preferred communication channel of anyone likely to care about these matters but has done so while releasing a staggering amount of internal documentation. That will make a positive impression on those who will dig no further, as it makes the material available for those who will dig and sets a precedent for greater corporate transparency at a time the public is clamoring for it.

Paulson's Blueprint Rekindles OFC Debate

Like a mountain peak that seems to recede as you approach it, the prospect of the establishment of an optional federal charter (OFC) to replace a strictly state-based regulatory system for insurance remains in some indefinite future, despite our continued conversation about it. This is not to say that the OFC will never get here, only that we're still some way off from predicting its arrival.

Chad Hersh Joins Novarica

Known for his expertise on core insurance systems, Hersh was the lead author of Celent's bi-annual policy administration system research reports and conducted over a dozen core systems replacement evaluation projects for a broad range of insurance carrier clients on both the life & annuities and property/casualty sides of the industry.

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