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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 October 2006

The Seeds of IT Culture

10/25/2006
Probably no single factor influenced the development of Bangalore as a center of industry more than the city's long-standing educational culture, fostered by the intertwining influences of Bangalore's colonial administrative establishment and it's pleasant weather. The city's educational establishment comprises institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science-one of the oldest in the country, having been founded in 1911-and several others dating to recent decades, including the Indian Instit

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Driving In India

10/24/2006
The headline should not suggest that I attempted to drive in India. Perish the thought. My various hosts always made sure to schedule transportation to get where I needed to go (if not necessarily always at the appointed time). One way Indian Drivers compensate for traffic congestion is to refuse to be bound by the concept of lanes, even when these are clearly painted on the tarmac. This creates a terrifying spectacle to the eye of the uninitiated, especially as vehicles range in size and type

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Bustling Bangalore

10/24/2006
The Southern India city of Bangalore has long been considered something like the Florida of India-a good-weather destination that makes a nice place to study in or retire to. Like Florida, Bangalore is in the South, but in India "good weather" means cooler weather, which Bangalore enjoys by virtue of its elevation at roughly 3000 feet above sea level. As an administrative and educational seat dating from the days of British occupation, Bangalore long enjoyed a leisurely, small-town feel-very dif

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Introduction: India Blog

10/24/2006
India has proven itself a leading destination for offshore outsourcing through its success with many customers in the insurance industry, as in others. There is therefore no need to establish its basic credentials. However, for those who have yet to do business with India we feel there is some utility in sharing the experience of being in India as it sheds light on many aspects that illuminate both the advantages and challenges of working with Indian partners, as well as giving a deeper impressi

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Business Objects Acquires ALG

10/15/2006
Business Objects bought the Cheshire, England-based vendor through an all-cash transaction for all outstanding shares of ALG Software by Business Objects (U.K.) Ltd., a wholly owned U.K. subsidiary of Business Objects.

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Agile Infrastructure

10/6/2006
Jim Court's from-the-ground-up technology renovation helped First American P&C boost revenues from $12 million in net written premium to $125 million within six years.

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No Retreat

10/6/2006
Jeff Stoll has led MetLife's Individual Business Systems division through M&A, legacy consolidation and modernization efforts of a magnitude equal to any the industry has ever seen.

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Technology Factory

10/5/2006
Enterprise technology orientation, development methodologies, project management discipline and astute staff development drive John Kellington's record of success at Ohio Casualty.

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Fresh Perspective

10/5/2006
Joan Zerkovich brought decisive leadership and a background in distributed computing and Web-based technology to the tech transformation of catastrophe insurance start-up ICAT.

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