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Content posted in October 2008
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The Bottom Line: Green
The Bottom Line: Green
Insurance & Technology Videos  |  10/30/2008  | 
Financial services organizations face increased legislation at the national, state, and municipal levels mandating that they reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The good news is that being green can boost the bottom line.
Financial Services Data Centers Going Green
Financial Services Data Centers Going Green
Insurance & Technology Videos  |  10/30/2008  | 
IBM continues to introduce technologies that decrease energy consumption while increasing computing capacity. Financial services firms are now able to keep their data centers green yet increase revenues, reduce costs and remain complaint.
Jackson Named CIO at Triad
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
George Jackson has been named CIO at Triad Guaranty
CIGNA’s e-Learning Initiative Aims to Inform Public
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
CIGNA has launched a series of public facing e-learning modules that aim to educate members and non-members on the basics of the healthcare system.
Harleysville’s Byrne Drives Agent Ease and Efficiency
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
While retaining his chief architect responsibilities, Steve Byrne will drive refinements to Harleysville Insurance's agent-facing capabilities as vice president of agency and field automation technology.
CSC’s Java-based POINT IN J
CSC’s Java-based POINT IN J
Insurance & Technology Videos  |  10/23/2008  | 
CSC introduces POINT IN J, a Java-based policy administration system that has wide-spread appeal both to legacy insurers and to new entrants to the insurance industry. POINT IN J heralds a new era of policy admin systems.
Partnering for Data-Driven Financial Planning and Analysis
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The CIO needs to understand the finance team's requirements around budgeting, planning, forecasting, scenario planning, measuring KPI's and analytics. The important thing here is determining what's critical for executives and business group leaders to run the business, manage P&L's and cost centers, and make informed decisions.
Colonial Life Transitions to Harmony Enrollment Platform
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
Starting in the first quarter of 2009, Colonial Life will conduct all volunteer benefits enrollments on its flexible, user-friendly Harmony enrollment platform.
Triad Guaranty Names New CEO
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Triad Guaranty has named Kenneth W. Jones as its new president and CEO.
NY Life Receives Information Management Award
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
New York Life Insurance Company has received ARMA International's Cobalt Award for excellence in records and information management.
Amerisafe Selects FirstBest
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
The workers' comp insurer will implement FirstBest's Underwriting Management System.
What Insurers Can Learn from the Curse of the Bambino
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
I can't help but think that my colleague Anthony O'Donnell's mention in yesterday's Edit Memo of the Boston Red Sox' loss in game 7 of the ALCS was meant especially for me. Anthony is well aware that I'm a lifelong Sox fan. That said, it didn't bother me too much -- the mention in yesterday's newsletter or the loss itself. Anthony was quite polite about the whole thing and, well, its tough to be
On the Accenture/Guidewire Dismissal News
News  |  10/21/2008  | 
The circumstances of a very large established company suing a smaller, newer vendor has raised the question of whether Accenture is engaging in "software by litigation" and thereby establishing a malign precedent for an industry segment that has remained relatively free of such activity. However, Accenture's size and power ultimately has no bearing on whether its relevant partners genuinely believe their rights have been abused.
The Cosmic Order Reasserts Itself
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
Perhaps the surest sign that the cosmic order is reasserting itself is the Boston Red Sox's loss of the American League championship to the Tampa Bay Rays last night. However, the Curse of the Bambino remains broken and the Sox retain their place in the pantheon of recent World Series winners.
The Elite 8 Pantheon
News  |  10/20/2008  | 
With our 10th Anniversary Elite 8 November issue, and here on the I&T blog, we present the complete list of Elite 8 honorees, going back to 1999, the year it all started. For a graphically rich version, with additional reporting on some of the past honorees, see the print issue version of the list, "The Elite 8 Hall of Fame."
Elite 8 Honoree to Attempt Mt. Everest Summit
News  |  10/17/2008  | 
CNA's John Golden was unable to come to the phone for a couple of weeks. His excuse topped any I've heard during my years of persistently knocking on CIO doors to secure interviews: he was climbing a mountain in the Himalayas. Giving new meaning to the term "Executive Summit," Golden is currently training for an attempt to reach the top of Mt. Everest next year both as a personal goal and to benefit wounded veterans.
Judge Dismisses Aspects of Accenture’s Suit Against Guidewire and Guidewire’s Counterclaims
News  |  10/16/2008  | 
According to the Delaware U.S. District Court, Accenture's "bare allegations" were insufficient to support either a claim that Guidewire stole trade secrets or the charge that Guidewire could be damaged by such allegations. Accenture continues to press its patent infringement suit.
Companion P&C Acquires AmFed
News  |  10/15/2008  | 
Companion Property & Casualty Insurance Group has acquired AmFed, Mississippi's largest workers' comp insurer.
Boxer Transitions to Academia
News  |  10/14/2008  | 
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