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The Coming Challenge: Taking Advantage of Processing Power
October 18, 2007 @ 15:20 PM | By Howard Kennedy

A research chip exists that has 80 cores on one chip. If you are using servers with four processor cores, the operating system will handle spreading out the tasks, but you're not really taking advantage of the processing power that exists. We're still writing software for one process at a time. To take advantage, we'll need to reengineer our policy administration systems and adopt parallel programming techniques to move forward.

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Reach Out and TXT Someone: Sun Life Offers Insurance Via Text Message
October 16, 2007 @ 16:43 PM | By Nathan Conz

Sun Life Financial is offering text message-based insurance products to customers in the Philippines, according to a newspaper report.

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Introducing 2007's Insurance & Technology Elite 8
October 09, 2007 @ 12:14 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

This year, as last year, and as always, we feature a cross section of honorees from the P&C, life and health insurance sectors. While representing a similar pool of companies as their predecessors, this year's honorees will surprise the reader with their unique qualities and backgrounds.

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Elite 8 2007: Keys to the Build vs. Buy Decision-making Process
October 09, 2007 @ 12:05 PM | By Nathan Conz

Elite 8 Honorees Dennis Mehmen and George Napoles, of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance and Jackson National Life, respectively, discuss when to build and when to buy new systems.

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Member Experience is Key for Holly Morris, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
October 08, 2007 @ 11:19 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Holly Morris, Senior Vice Presidence and Chief Information Officer of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, speaks about the influence of her liberal arts education in driving an outstanding technology career, and the transformation of Thrivent's technology to drive growth through a better member experience and relationship with the fraternal benefit society. Duration: 15 minutes

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At Aetna, Meg McCarthy Focuses on Technology Delivery and Performance
October 08, 2007 @ 11:17 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Meg McCarthy, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Aetna, Inc., and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, discusses her deep healthcare and technology experience and her focus on world-class standards of technology delivery and performance. Duration: 14 minutes

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Mark Boxer Helps Make WellPoint a HealthCare Industry Transformation Leader
October 08, 2007 @ 11:14 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Mark Boxer, President and CEO Operations, Technology and Government Services at WellPoint, Inc., and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, talks about his career path through the development of consumer-directed health movement, the value of IT for healthcare consumers, and the state of members' online experience at health insurer WellPoint. Duration: 15 minutes

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Jim Hanson Drives Evolution of Mutual of Omaha's IT Organization
October 08, 2007 @ 11:13 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Jim Hanson, EVP, Information Services, Mutual of Omaha, and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, reports on the evolution of Mutual's IT organization over the past 11 years, his organization's focus on efficiency and simplicity, and the launching of the carrier's revenue-producing IT services subsidiary Continuum Worldwide. Duration: 15 minutes

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Allstate's Catherine Brune Develops Workforce To Enable Business Transformation
October 08, 2007 @ 11:08 AM | By Kathy Burger

Catherine Brune, Allstate Insurance Company's SVP and CIO, and one of Insurance & Technology's Elite 8 2007, goes beyond the platitudes to put people first, partner with the business units, and focus on organizational transformation. Brune discusses how Allstate's Next Gen claims reengineering initiative exemplifies her focus on architecture, governance and collaboration. Duration: 12 minutes

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Balancing Expense Control, Drive for New Systems Key for Chris Steward
October 08, 2007 @ 10:56 AM | By Nathan Conz

Insurance & Technology Elite 8 2007 honoree Chris Steward, vice president of information systems and CIO of Arbella Insurance Group, talks about balancing the drive for new systems capabilities with the need to control operational expenses and delivering increased agent-facing functionality to the company Web site. Duration: 12 minutes

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George Napoles Focuses on Customer Service at Jackson National Life
October 08, 2007 @ 10:51 AM | By Nathan Conz

Insurance & Technology Elite 8 2007 honoree George Napoles, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and CIO of Jackson National Life, comments on the challenges of developing an IT department from the ground up and the importance of customer service. Duration: 15 minutes

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Dennis Mehmen Turns IT Around at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company
October 08, 2007 @ 10:43 AM | By Nathan Conz

Insurance & Technology Elite 8 2007 honoree Dennis Mehmen, vice president of business information services and CIO of Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, speaks about how he turned things around at GMRC, his views on SOA and the role of IT as a strategic business partner. Duration: 10 minutes

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