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Analytics on Steroids
December 18, 2007 @ 13:43 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

"In an area where you haven't found an independent variable closely linked to a dependent variable, there's room for chance and other factors," is how David West, research director, TowerGroup, puts it. The general principle is that "'on any given Sunday' any team can beat any other team," West says. In application of that principle, he adds that, "this Sunday, Miami is will ultimately remain the only undefeated team in history when they spoil the Patriots' season>."

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Where Are The Experts?
December 07, 2007 @ 14:18 PM | By Howard Kennedy

There are two great forces that are going to impact our industry. The first is the rate of change in technology. The second is more subtle but just as important - the rate of retirements in our industry.

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Insurance IT Strategies Can't Avoid Addressing Green Computing
December 05, 2007 @ 16:15 PM | By Kathy Burger

St. Paul-based Travelers' announcement this week that it is pledging to reduce total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by seven percent by 2011 is another example of how high-profile topics such as green computing, sustainability and energy efficiency have become in financial services.

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The Continuing Importance of Business and IT Alignment: Where Do Insurers Stand?
December 04, 2007 @ 16:51 PM | By Nathan Conz

The importance of business and IT alignment within an insurance organization was a common theme discussed by both our Tech Savvy CEOs (June 2007) and Elite 8 honorees (November 2007). And apparently, the call of those leading CEOs and CIOs has been heard throughout the insurance vertical. But while most business and IT executives agree upon the value of IT as it relates to the strategic success of a business, a relative few are able to convert those mutual feelings into positive results.

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What Makes a Topic "Hot"?
December 04, 2007 @ 14:36 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

It is probably true that CIOs are quite happy to leave actuaries to their arcane concerns unless they are commanded by senior management to get involved.

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