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Wilton Re CIO Completes Marathon for DMD Research
November 11, 2011 @ 08:50 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Andy Wood raises 10 percent of the Run for Our Sons team’s contribution of $278,000 for research into a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Wilton Re CIO Goes the Distance to Help Children with Genetic Disease
November 02, 2011 @ 11:28 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Andy Wood will run his first marathon to raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, in honor of his wife's young cousin and other individuals and families affected by the disease.

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Home Sweet Snowy Home
December 03, 2010 @ 11:38 AM | By Nathan Golia

The southern suburbs and exurbs of Buffalo, New York were socked by more than 30 inches of snow over the past few days.

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How Much Water Does a Hurricane Move?
October 01, 2010 @ 11:10 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

The sheer mass of hurricane-borne rain, as estimated in this video, make it easy to understand the destruction that it can cause, for example in the form of devastating mudslides and landscape-altering sinkholes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hurricane Earl Threatens to Inflict Insurance Losses on Atlantic Seaboard
August 31, 2010 @ 13:06 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

The Street's Maria Woehr, formerly of I&T, reports that among insurance carriers Chubb (Warren, N.J.) faces the greatest exposure to loss if Earl strikes the northeast Atlantic coast. Woehr cites AIR Worldwide's Kevin Long as predicting up to $33 billion in losses in a worst-case scenario.

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High Performance Computing For Competitive Decision-Making
August 30, 2010 @ 17:38 PM | By Christine Hintze

Those who effectively utilize the full potential of high performance computing and the advanced analytics that it enables will be able to make the most informed and timely risk-based decisions. And, those that make the most informed and timely decisions. are those that lead their industries.

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Improving Account Integrity in the Insurance Industry
August 30, 2010 @ 11:07 AM | By Christine Hintze

CIOs and CFOs together must make tactical (immediate) and strategic (long-term) progress to optimize reconciliation processes.

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Applications Developed Via the Agile Method Require Tailored Automated Software Testing
August 26, 2010 @ 10:35 AM | By Christine Hintze

How can software recipients and developers test the fast paced, agile software iterations to assure proper functionality and confirm that their business criteria have been satisfied?

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