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Stupidity and Negligence Result in Staggering British Data Privacy Breach
November 22, 2007 @ 09:01 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Whatever this means for the British government and governments in general, the incident once again sounds the general alarm about the vulnerability of private data that individuals choose to or are forced to disclose to supposedly responsible parties. And it shows once again that clever security measures focused on defense against malice may be inadequate in the face of official arrogance, laziness, stupidity and plain incompetence.

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Is the Agent Community the Primary Roadblock to E-Signature Adoption in Insurance?
November 20, 2007 @ 16:33 PM | By Nathan Conz

Never underestimate the value of stating the obvious. Karen Pauli, a senior analyst in TowerGroup's insurance practice has told me that her latest research -- on the importance of e-signatures and secure documents -- has stirred more reaction than just about any other topic she's covered.

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Pre-Thanksgiving News Update
November 20, 2007 @ 15:24 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

several important new CIO appointments have been made recently, including Mark Oakley's being named to State Farm's top technology spot, Eileen Slevin becoming CIO of New York Life, and Ed Steinike taking on the CIO role at ING Americas.

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Ed Steinike, ING Americas' Consumer-Focused CIO
November 20, 2007 @ 15:09 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

If consumer-focused CIOs are a recipe for success, then Steinike is "the real thing."

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From I&T's 2007 Executive Summit: Best Practices in Speed to Market
November 06, 2007 @ 14:01 PM | By Nathan Conz

As I&T senior editor Anthony O'Donnell said when he introduced the first session of our 2007 Executive Summit, "The Need for Speed: Product in a Day," speed to market is a perennial topic, that we often report on. However, as Anthony also noted, the topic has seen a kind of resurgence recently. Perhaps that's because many insurers have undertaken related product development initiatives, and as a result, best practices are beginning to emerge - thus driving speed to market discussions in a new direction.

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From I&T's 2007 Executive Summit: Globalization Is a Reality for Insurers
November 05, 2007 @ 18:30 PM | By Kathy Burger

It often seems as if the theme at insurance industry conferences is nagging and haranguing -- pointing out all the things insurance companies do wrong when it comes to technology. But so far at this year's Insurance & Technology Executive Summit, the messaging has more to do with pointing out opportunities -- areas of potential growth and profit for carriers, if only they can gather the technology, financial and personnel resources to capitalize them. Nowhere is this more striking than on the topic of globalization, and two leading industry figures challenged the Executive Summit audience on Monday to change their perspectives on globalization and what it means for insurance.

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From I&T's 2007 Executive Summit: Making Insurance Company Transformation Real
November 05, 2007 @ 17:11 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

"We're the hub of the insurance industry," ICW's Deborah Smallwood said of CIOs, whose technology serves as the circulatory systems for insurance companies. "We are in a position to really transform the industry."

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Editor's Note: Chilling at I&T's Executive Summit
November 05, 2007 @ 16:12 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Reflecting on the implications of the new consumer for insurers' customer outreach, and of the underappreciated demographic inevitability of that consumer's emergence, Plaxo's Todd Masonis said, "You should be scared."

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