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Market Delivers on Promise of Increased M&A
September 29, 2011 @ 13:07 PM | By Nathan Golia

The studies came fast and furious all summer: Expect more M&A activity in the insurance industry. Today, we saw two examples. What can IT departments expect?

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Insurers' Innovation Talk Is Cheap, CIO Says
September 27, 2011 @ 16:49 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Proven technologies can help insurers entice customers, lower operational costs and develop innovative business processes, but caution tends to win over audacity when it comes to adopting those technologies.

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OnStar in Hot Water Over Continuous Connection
September 26, 2011 @ 13:24 PM | By Nathan Golia

Politicians are calling for an investigation of the GM program after it announced that simply cancelling a subscription does not fully sever the link between company and customer. That's not what companies exploring usage-based insurance want to see.

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Oh, the Youmanity! Aviva Touts Customer-Centricity in the Life Insurance Sector
September 23, 2011 @ 10:04 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Much like Cigna's GO YOU program, Aviva's aggressive Youmanity campaign is supported by concrete technology initiatives, according to Aviva USA CIO Jeff Frazee.

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Sea Change at CSC: What I Saw at the Connect for P&C Conference
September 21, 2011 @ 13:12 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

The modernization gesture that began with Java versions of key CSC applications has blossomed into a full-blown strategy dominated by forward-looking commitments.

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Flood Insurance In Spotlight After Irene
September 20, 2011 @ 11:57 AM | By Nathan Golia

The formerly niche market for flood insurance is expanding after even landlocked states were deluged as Irene passed through

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Would You Get a Health Insurance Quote At the Airport?
September 16, 2011 @ 10:33 AM | By Nathan Golia

Quoting is just one feature of an Independence Blue Cross kiosk aimed at engaging the individual healthcare market.

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Ten Years After: Recollections of 9/11
September 09, 2011 @ 11:24 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

While drafting up my own memories of Sept. 11, 2001, I reached out to a few readers about their experiences and thoughts about the aftermath. What is your recollection of that day that will live in infamy?

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Should We Treat Terror Like Other Catastrophes?
September 09, 2011 @ 10:41 AM | By Nathan Golia

The parallels between the past 24 hours in New York and the days immediately preceding Irene show how, in big cities, terror attacks seem to be viewed as an inevitability, for which insurers can model and prepare.

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What Has Changed in Insurance in 10 Years?
September 09, 2011 @ 10:04 AM | By Kathy Burger

The financial services industry survived, and has even thrived, in the 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Technology played a key role in the industry’s recovery, as well as helping drive changes that came out of the insurance industry’s response to the tragedy.

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Other Views of 9/11's Effect on Insurance and IT
September 09, 2011 @ 09:37 AM | By Nathan Golia

With the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks coming this weekend, many are reflecting on changes from a decade ago.

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Labor Day Weekend Catastrophe Roundup
September 06, 2011 @ 12:29 PM | By Nathan Golia

An active year for catastrophe events didn't take any time off for the holiday weekend.

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Could the Insurance Industry Do What NOAA Does?
September 02, 2011 @ 11:48 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

If NOAA were seriously underfunded, could the insurance industry and others fund the equivalent of the Hurricane Hunters and other vital services?

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Surprising Figures on Insurance Data Spending
September 02, 2011 @ 11:28 AM | By Nathan Golia

People always say that insurance is a data-intensive business. Then why it its data-related spending so low compared to other industries?

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Dispatch from High Hurricane Season: Katia Qualifies, Northeast U.S. Still Underwater
September 01, 2011 @ 11:18 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Overhyped or not, Irene added meaningful catastrophe losses to the 2011 tally and we're far from out of the woods as September begins.

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