News & Commentary
Content posted in December 2004
Phillips Says It One More Time: PeopleSoft Customers, We Love You
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Oracle plans to port its database software to IBM's iSeries server in a bid to keep J.D. Edwards software users in the fold.
Think Like a CFO, Part II: Formulating Answers
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
After years of relative autonomy, senior IT executives at insurance companies are finding themselves increasingly under the thumb of tech-savvy CFOs charged with reducing costs. To succeed in this new environment, CIOs must prepare to address tough questions that go beyond the traditional IT domain.
Effective Agent Enablement
News  |  12/22/2004  | 
Providing the people who sell policies with tools that enhance their effectiveness is essential to carriers' success. And because these improvements make possible a higher level of customer service, they can also help to ensure increased customer retention and loyalty.
A Brave New World
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
Former Penn National Insurance CIO Jane Koppenheffer will finally get her chance to experience the agency side of the business.
CUNA’s Roy ’Maps’ IT Success
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
At a time when many CIOs are outsourcing to maximize IT efficiency, Rick Roy, CIO, CUNA Mutual Group (Madison, Wis.; $13 billion in assets), is looking to mine his own employees' potential.
Executive News
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
Techwatch - Product And Services Showcase
News  |  12/21/2004  | 
Data Mgmt. & Security;
Back To Business
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
NFS Speeds Applications; Glatfelter Selects Insurity; Claims Integration; Preparing for The Worst; Full Support
Looking at Linux
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Though insurers have been slow to adopt open source computing, some are beginning to implement Linux solutions. Their efforts are resulting in savings of both time and money.
Better Business, Naturally
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
AmCOMP's IT staff is structured to reflect the processes through which the industry does business, allowing completion of technology projects with a team-oriented business model.
Growing Pains & Priorities
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
At I&T's 2004 Executive Summit, insurance technology executives debated strategies for achieving and sustaining growth.
Passing the Spitzer Test
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
The New York Attorney General's deep probe into the insurance industry will result in greater-than-ever demands for transparency in carrier-distributor relationships. But few carriers have the enterprise reporting and compliance capabilities needed to conform.
Living the Digital Life
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Chuck Cornelio, EVP of Technology and Insurance Services, Jefferson Pilot Financial Chuck Cornelio's vision of a "digital life company" is nearing fruition.
Be All You Can Be
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Assigned risk specialist AutoOne cuts expenses and increases productivity with Opus Group's performance analytics tools.
Long-Distance Relationship
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
PartnerRe adopts SSL VPN technology to safely and conveniently keep employees all over the world connected to the company's network.
Breaking Boundaries
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
CiDirect opens Spanish-English bilingual call center to extend support to the industry for underserved market.
Never a Dull Moment
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
My Favorite ...
The Future Is Now
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Existing telematics technology can provide valuable data for risk selection and pricing, but consumers have privacy concerns.
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Mother of Invention
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Need for computing 'horsepower' leads Hartford Life to implement freeware grid computing solution.
Contract News
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Highmark’s Telecom Upgrade
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee expands its relationship with TelCove for construction of SONET rings and administrative support.
To Bid or Not to Bid
News  |  12/20/2004  | 
Auction Web sites offer P&C carriers new options for finding the best repair costs and salvage prices, but the industry may prefer the status quo.
Fear Factor
Commentary  |  12/20/2004  | 
It's not often that you can secure the undivided attention of a roomful of technology executives and solutions providers, but that was the scenario last month during the keynote presentation at Insurance & Technology's Executive Summit
CSAA Expands Steel Card Use
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
Building on a 2003 implementation, the California State Automobile Association has expanded its use of Steel Card's Web-based Apogee point-of-sale solution.
Think Like a CFO
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
After years of relative autonomy, senior IT executives at insurance companies are finding themselves increasingly under the thumb of tech-savvy CFOs charged with reducing costs. To succeed in this new environment, CIOs must prepare to address tough questions that go beyond the traditional IT domain.
Balancing Length and Accuracy in the Online Quote Process
News  |  12/15/2004  | 
Length and complexity may serve as a deterrent for online auto quote seekers, but firms have to make sure the information for proprietary algorithms is obtained for an accurate quote. Ultimately, firms aim for a balance of length and accuracy.
IBM Enters BPO Market With LIS Acquisition
News  |  12/1/2004  | 
Forging a path into the business process management services sector of the insurance industry, IBM has announced that it will acquire Liberty Insurance Services.
IE-Engine Ensures Bidding Without Rigging
News  |  12/1/2004  | 
Advocates of automation have traditionally argued that it prevents human inefficiency. In the wake of Eliot Spitzer's recent investigations, they can now point out that automation can also prevent human villainy. One example is IE-Engine, an online bidding platform for health insurance and employee benefits.
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News  |  12/1/2004  | 
Organizations with over 5,000 employees can benefit from rationalizing their compliance enforcement efforts and automating these processes on an end-to-end basis.


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