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Virtual Roundtable: The Imperatives of Infrastructure

Successfully responding to rapidly changing market conditions requires a flexible technology architecture.

To respond to fast-changing market and regulatory demands, an insurance company must have a flexible, robust technology infrastructure. Often, an aging infrastructure results in siloed applications and functions, inefficient distribution and transaction processing, and compliance headaches. But not everyone defines infrastructure in the same ways, complicating efforts to make the business case for architecture-related investments and initiatives. Meanwhile, evolving delivery models and development methodologies -- such as service-oriented architecture, cloud computing, software as a service and virtualization -- provide carriers with more options for their computing environments. What are the key concepts, practices and technologies insurers should embrace in order to build the most effective infrastructure? What role do standards play in developing a modern technology architecture?

Simplicity Can Lead to a More Efficient Infrastructure
Segregate Core and Non-core Applications
Carriers Should Embrace Virtualization
Enterprise Architecture Critical to an Effective Infrastructure

Peggy Bresnick Kendler has been a writer for 30 years. She has worked as an editor, publicist and school district technology coordinator. During the past decade, Bresnick Kendler has worked for UBM TechWeb on special financialservices technology-centered ... View Full Bio

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