News & Commentary
Content posted in July 2001
CSC To Resell Fraud Investigator
News  |  7/30/2001  | 
Synovus Enters Health Insurance
News  |  7/30/2001  | 
Rather than manufacture insurance, Synovus takes the partnership route.
ALLIANCES AND PARTNERSHIPS
News  |  7/30/2001  | 
Growing DMV Reporting Headache
News  |  7/30/2001  | 
Industry costs likely to rise as more states require insurers to electronically report policy information, but few likely to conform to standard record-layout format.
Timing Is Everything
News  |  7/30/2001  | 
Iordanou Seeks To Make Zurich's Global Operations More Efficient
News  |  7/18/2001  | 
In the newly created position of senior executive vice president-group operations and business development at Zurich Financial Services Group Constantine "Dinos" Iordanou will focus on creating enterprisewide efficiencies.
Insurance.com Expands Bricks-and-Clicks Branding Strategy
News  |  7/18/2001  | 
Aggregator Insurance.com is launching a rebranding campaign for "Insurance.com From Fidelity Investments." President Lou Geremia says it's become increasingly clear that association with the investment firm makes sense from a marketing perspective.
AFLAC Switches to CheckFree's Client/Server-Based APECS Solution
News  |  7/18/2001  | 
In order to provide its users with easier online inquiry on outstanding checks, AFLAC will convert its mainframe-based Abandoned Property & Escheatment Software (APECS) to CheckFree's client/server-based solution
CRM Briefs
News  |  7/18/2001  | 
Quixi releases Quixi Sales Solution to help enterprises address barriers that can block CRM success; Chordiant Software releases Chordiant Selling Director, an e-selling software; Richard Bell joins Meridien Research and will cover CRM in financial services.
Delivery Briefs
News  |  7/18/2001  | 
CSC and AvantGo form strategic alliance; Ceres Group's e-commerce agency, WWAgency, has an agreement with the Zurich Kemper Life; cross-selling to small business customers is more effective when agents understand buying patterns and characteristics of specific groups of customers, according to a study by Baetis, Inc.
Allmerica Outsources Systems Maintenance So Internal IT Can Focus on Development
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
Looking to dedicate internal IT staff to systems development, Allmerica has signed a five-year outsourcing systems-maintenance agreement with Keane, Inc.
EDS Scores Major Contract Renewal
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
The State of California's Healthy Families program has extended its business-processes outsourcing contract with EDS.
Workers Love Technology, But Many Use Company IT For Personal Reasons
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
American workers believe technology does more good than harm, but many admit to using technology "unethically," says a study from the Society of Financial Services Professionals.
ACORD OPENS INTERNATIONAL OFFICES
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
ACORD has opened new offices in London and Brussels and has expanded staff to handle the recently acquired Rinet Standards.
Delivery Briefs
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida taps Connextions.net to launch a self- enrollment Web site; Quickquote.com partners with BanxQuote.com to provide BanxQuote visitors with access to insurance plans; Friends Provident employs Allfinanz software to launch virtual distribution company; AMS Services releases Sagitta Online.
SEEKING I&T'S ELITE EIGHT 2001
News  |  7/6/2001  | 
Insurance & Technology wants you to let us know for I&T's 2001 Elite Eight awards, which will profile eight innovative insurance executives who are transforming their organizations through the use of technology.
Executive News
News  |  7/2/2001  | 
TechWatch
News  |  7/2/2001  | 
Easing the Pain of IT Layoffs
News  |  7/2/2001  | 
While economically driven layoffs of IT professionals are a sometimes necessary evil, availability of services such as outplacement help employees find new opportunities.


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