Anthony O'Donnell

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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 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from I&T

While the editors of Insurance & Technology won't have a full day off tomorrow, I&T Daily will. And since both publication and creators will not return until next Monday, the first of December, today we wish you a happy Thanksgiving Day.

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Pirates Exemplify Shifting Risk Environment

Three recent news stories have underscored the need for insurance underwriting to adapt to a constantly changing environment, as ISO CEO Frank Coyne recommended during his recent address at ISOTech: the California wildfires, the rise of deer collisions in the Eastern United States and the increasingly brazen and ambitious pirates of Somalia.

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ISOTech Panel Gauges IT/Business Relationship Woes

There will always be incentives toward alignment in an information-driven business, but CIOs still struggle to demonstrate the value they bring to the insurance enterprise, especially when business executives fail to live up to their alignment responsibilities, panelists argued.

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Industry Optimism Persists -- For Now

The atmosphere of the ISOTech conference in Las Vegas earlier this week was in many respects reassuring. The general sessions were good, the breakout session topics were spot-on, and the vibe was optimistic. There was some vendor grousing about attendance, but some degree of drop in numbers is to be expected in these troubled times. Finally, everybody I spoke to was sanguine about technology spending.

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ISO CEO: Heraclitus Was Right

When Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, S.C., in 1989, it was seen as a once-in-a-century event. That was just three years before Hurricane Andrew, to say nothing of the many storms we've seen since. "Heraclitus was right," Frank Coyne, ISO's chairman, president and CEO commented.

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IT Will Power Insurance Industry Response to Crisis

Insurers' technology budgets will remain relatively stable as carriers see IT not only as necessary for ongoing transformation but as a key tool for addressing crisis-related challenges, such as the need for better underwriting results and improved risk management.

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IT's Impact on Insurance's Waning Workforce

The opportunity is to leave many of the most dreary aspects of insurance work to machines and allow the workers of the future to focus on more challenging and meaningful activities. Thus insurance jobs simultaneously become both more efficient and more attractive to recruits.

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Privacy Risk in the Web 2.0 World

Privacy measures implemented before Web 2.0 may be inadequate, as new risks emerge. To protect themselves from those risks, insurers need to ask which sources of customer information are reliable and safe and which are dangerous; and they need to ask what kinds of information shared may be repurposed in ways that could expose customers to harm, and insurers to penalties.

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Election Celebration at Executive Summit Had Bipartisan Flavor

After celebrating this year's Insurance & Technology Elite 8 Award winners on Monday night at Insurance & Technology's Executive Summit, held in Phoenix, Arizona, we spent the last gathering of the event celebrating the election of a new president last night. This is not to say by any means that the result of the election was unanimously welcomed, but Democrats and Republicans alike put aside partisan

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