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The Elite 8 International 2008: Excellence in Insurance IT Leadership
Who are some of the insurance industry's most outstanding technology executives in Europe, Asia, South America and Canada?

Mark Wale, ING Jim Deane, Imagination Life Etienne Aubourg, AXA Robert Mansbridge, Sun Life Financial
Erico Tadashi Yamamoto, Maritima Seguros Gerry Pennell, Co-operative Financial Services Xiao_Gang, CPIC Michael Paravicini, Zurich Financial Services

International Insurance IT Executives Continue To Invest, Priorities Vary
Though the global economy weighs on the minds of insurance CIOs in every market, non-U.S. IT executives will continue to invest in technology in 2008. But their spending priorities reflect the unique challenges of their local markets.

UPDATE:

Midwest Family Mutual Goes Green
Plymouth, Minn.-based Midwest Family Mutual’s move to a paperless, work-at-home operational paradigm has yielded both environmental and bottom-line benefits.

The Greening of Data Centers
Financial institutions have pledged billions of dollars to develop next-generation data centers that are more energy efficient. But their efforts aren't entirely altruistic -- environmentally sustainable data centers carry fiscal benefits, too.
Novarica Survey Finds P&C Insurance CEOs’ Tech Knowledge Wanting
Smaller company CEOs are more likely to be insufficiently aware of key technologies but it could be said of all CEOs that they don’t know enough, and what they don’t know could hurt them.

Undersea Cable Failure Demonstrates Internet's Vulnerability
The recent breakdown of the global undersea fiber-optic cable network at a key chokepoint demonstrated the vulnerabilities of the physical infrastructure upon which offshore outsourcing relationships depend.

United Concordia Launches New Online Support Tool For Producers
Dental insurer United Concordia looks to meet growing demand for producer-facing Web tools with ConcordiaConnect.

FROM THE EDITOR

Introducing the Elite 8 International 2008: Global Insurance IT Excellence
The mission of Insurance & Technology's new Elite 8 International report is to identify IT management excellence and success at insurance companies based in Europe and the U.K., Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin America.

EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH REPORT:

Insurance IT Spending Slowdown Already Upon Us, TowerGroup Says
While past profits will soften the blow on IT spending, the current down market will result in budget constraints for North American insurers. But spending on improving ease of doing business, agency support, customer interaction and enterprise risk management likely will increase.

CASE STUDY:

Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Web-enables Critical Business Functions
Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Web-enables disparate systems to create a single customer view.

CARRIER CONFIDENTIAL:

Allianz of America Gains Competitive Advantage With Shared-Services Model
Allianz of America CIO Oliver Bussmann and his senior technology executives have established a shared-services model that allows the carrier's P&C and life companies to leverage IT synergies while remaining focused on their unique challenges.

On The Record With AZOA's Oliver Bussmann
Allianz of America CIO Oliver Bussman discusses the lessons of other geographies and industries for the effective use of technology in the North American insurance market, along with insights into successful sourcing and project management.

Bridging The IT Gap Between Fireman's Fund and Allianz Life
Scott Senden, VP, application technology, Allianz Life, identifies three key success factors that contribute to Fireman's Fund's and Allianz Life's combined success within Allianz of America's shared services IT model.

NAMES IN THE NEWS

Znidarsic Named VP of Information Services At Accident Fund
Richard Znidarsic has been named vice president of information services at Accident Fund, where he will oversee business application implementation and support, systems security and business continuity planning (BCP).

Gueli Drives New Level of Performance at Nationwide Financial
CIO Susan Gueli's 2008 agenda includes making enhancements to an in-house developed life policy administration system in support of a robust new portfolio of life products rolling out throughout 2008.