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From the 2007 Gartner FS Technology Summit: How to Innovate
August 28, 2007 @ 17:06 PM | By Nathan Conz

This afternoon, I ventured 20 blocks uptown from Insurance & Technology's offices to attend the 2007 Gartner Financial Services Technology Summit, at the New York Marriott Marquis. And contrary to popular belief, I went for more than just the free lunch. Between meetings--including a very interesting one with ITM, a player that's gaining interest amongst insurers--I was able to attend a few track sessions, namely one directed by Annemarie Earley, managing vice president, insurance industry advisory services, Gartner.

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SOA Architectures Touting Big Wins, But Could Fail At A Large Scale
August 28, 2007 @ 16:13 PM | By Howard Kennedy

In my previous post, G-Man commented that SOA was a sorely overused acronym. This may be true.

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Editor's Note: Alternatives to Offshoring
August 28, 2007 @ 14:54 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Offshore outsourcing can seem a questionable and at times very unfair practice, particularly if you've just lost your job to a cheaper counterpart overseas. Is it good policy—is it good citizenship—to sacrifice American workers to foreigners for the sake of profit?

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Offsite But Not Offshore: Promoting a Domestic Outsourcing Alternative
August 28, 2007 @ 13:18 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

"Combining experience with youth creates a workforce that is unequivocally superior and cost competitive to any other outsourcing options," says Ed Williams, EWA.

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Why You'll Respond To This Editor's Note
August 14, 2007 @ 18:12 PM | By Nathan Conz

When Anthony O'Donnell's editor's note, Spitzer Schadenfreude, from our last Insurance & Technology newsletter led to some debate between readers, it got me thinking about how the emergence of the Web as a medium for news and information has increased the direct interaction between readers and content producers like editors and reporters. In fact, if recent developments from Google News are any indication, soon the subjects and sources contained within our articles could even get in on the act.

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Unum Rolls Out New Integrated Product and Service Platform
August 14, 2007 @ 17:15 PM | By Nathan Conz

Only a few months ago, in a 2007 Tech Savvy CEO profile, Thomas R. Watjen, president and CEO of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based employee benefits provider Unum Group (2005 assets of $51.9 billion) described Simply Unum. A new operating platform, Simply Unum was a project two years in the making that, Watjen said, would simplify the process an individual might go through to service a customer. Earlier this month, Unum officially launched the new platform, calling it one of the most significant product and service initiatives in the company's history.

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Goodstein Runs AXA Incubator
August 13, 2007 @ 22:04 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

"We're trying to replicate the best and most unique concepts we see, whether within the insurance industry or outside it." says Barbara Goodstein, AXA Equitable.

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How Much Is Insurers' Tech Awareness Behind The Push For An OFC?
August 03, 2007 @ 12:16 PM | By Kathy Burger

Not surprisingly, there has been a lot of official support and approval from both carriers and industry groups for the bipartisan House version (H.R. 3200) of the 2007 National Insurance Act that was introduced last week by Representatives Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) and Ed Royce (R-Cal.). With the presentation of this companion legislation to S.40, authored by Senators Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and John Sununu (R-N.H.), which was introduced in May, it seems clear that the momentum for an Optional Federal Charter (OFC) is growing in Congress, although of course it remains to be seen whether insurance regulation reform will be a front-burner issue when the legislators return from summer breaks.

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It Looks Like An Inside Job
August 03, 2007 @ 10:19 AM | By Howard Kennedy

In this industry, we do a good job of creating security within our applications. But what are we doing about securing the systems themselves?

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Skywire Software/Whitehill Deal Makes Sense in Today's Insurance Technology Environment
August 01, 2007 @ 16:27 PM | By Kathy Burger

The insurance software landscape keeps changing, with the August 1 announcement that Frisco, Texas-based Skywire Software will acquire Whitehill Technologies. Although I had not heard any previous hints or rumors about this deal, the news was somehow unsurprising and logical.

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