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Do You Have What It Takes to Reach The Heights of This Occupation?
September 24, 2010 @ 12:19 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

This is fun to watch for several reasons, inviting reflection on the tough calls engineers must make and the relative demands of different jobs.target="_blank">video linked below from a blog called Artifacting.

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RIM Said to Ready Business-Friendly Tablet
September 23, 2010 @ 11:33 AM | By Nathan Golia

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion will unveil a tablet computer and operating system next week.

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Software Testing Needs to Catch Up With Software Development
September 23, 2010 @ 11:05 AM | By Christine Hintze

If you are seeking to improve your software development process, look beyond just the IDE or code-generation packages. Assess your software testing practices and automation techniques to make sure that you are not stuck with a 1980's automation model.

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When it Comes to Paying Their bills, Insurance Customers Want Choices
September 21, 2010 @ 13:44 PM | By Christine Hintze

MasterCard estimates that consumers make 58 payment choices each month, whether paying bills or purchasing merchandise from retail locations or online. It is proven that consumers are accustomed to various payment platforms, and enjoy the flexibility in how they pay for things.

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Spotlight on Progressive in IWK 500
September 20, 2010 @ 10:26 AM | By Nathan Golia

Insurance & Technology sister publication InformationWeek has released its 23rd annual list of the nation's 500 most innovative IT organizations.

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Rough Night In Brooklyn
September 17, 2010 @ 09:40 AM | By Nathan Golia

Last night, a pretty wild storm - possibly a tornado - ripped through my neighborhood, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Cars and homes are obliterated all over the place. In Queens, one person was killed by a falling branch.

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A Visual Metaphor for Excellence in IT Transformation
September 15, 2010 @ 11:36 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Apart from the small matter of standard, compatible parts, the only difference is that you have to do it with the engine still running!

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Telematics: Reinventing Auto Insurance Part III
September 15, 2010 @ 11:16 AM | By Christine Hintze

In our previous entry on telematics, we addressed the opportunities and challenges the industry has faced in adopting telematics, and the measures that will increase the likelihood of success. This article looks at some of the possible business models insurance companies can adopt around telematics.

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The Built-to-Last User Interface – Built to Fit and Built to Change
September 15, 2010 @ 11:13 AM | By Christine Hintze

Servicing the users is only going to get more complex as the anywhere, anytime, with almost any device user expectations and processing needs continue to proliferate. As a result, investigating and establishing a presentation architecture and presentation layer should be on every insurer's to-do list.

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Simplifying Your Customer-Facing Application Environment with Business Transaction Management (BTM)
September 14, 2010 @ 13:15 PM | By Christine Hintze

BTM solutions can provide an excellent way to dramatically simplify IT management while improving application performance and availability.

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Track Peak Season Hurricanes at Insurance & Technology
September 14, 2010 @ 10:59 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

You can observe the progress of storms through Insurance & Technology's Hurricane Tracker, made possible through partnership with Weather Central.

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CSC's Future Focus: One-Third of Insurers Paring Back?
September 14, 2010 @ 10:14 AM | By Nathan Golia

It's hard to draw any conclusions from a non-scientific straw poll, but at CSC's Future Focus conference yesterday, one caught my attention.

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Defining the Cloud at CSC's Future Focus
September 13, 2010 @ 10:31 AM | By Nathan Golia

I've been through about two hours of sessions here at CSC's Future Focus conference, and one of the main thrusts of the conversation so far has been the definition of the cloud.

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AXA Equitable Makes the Most of Modern Media
September 10, 2010 @ 12:22 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

After a few generic questions, the interviewer asks, "Do you see more people working later in life?" The interviewee pauses with dry incredulity and answers, "I see more people telling me they're working until they drop dead."

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Telematics: Reinventing Auto Insurance Part II
September 08, 2010 @ 12:37 PM | By Christine Hintze

Developing unique products and finding new ways to offer value to customers are critical issues for insurance companies. At the same time, a bad experience with a new technology will upset customers and could drive them away. Controls must be in place to ensure that telematics offerings don't damage the brand.

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Improving Efficiency With Interminable Conference Calls
September 03, 2010 @ 08:32 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the editors of Insurance & Technology will be taking the day off on Monday, Sept. 5. We'll resume publication of I&T Daily on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For your amusement, here's a bit of Friday humor, appropriate to the theme of the holiday, touching on the less-than-joyful aspect of our work lives.

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Rating Commercial Carriers on Claims Performance
September 01, 2010 @ 14:02 PM | By Kathy Burger

Speed isn't all it's cracked up to be -– at least not when it comes to what corporate risk managers want from their insurance carriers.

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Business Intelligence Brings Potential for Managing Content Enterprise-Wide
September 01, 2010 @ 08:05 AM | By Christine Hintze

The ultimate goal is to be in a position to mine content - enabled by smart archiving, which is the ability to analyze in real time thousands of forms, identify key content such as a section or a paragraph, and understand when it is used and how it is used.

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