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Go, Go, Gadget: Top Emerging Technology Tools for Insurers
Go, Go, Gadget: Top Emerging Technology Tools for Insurers
The executives selected as Elite 8 2012 honorees have reached the heights of their profession by being savvy observers of the digital landscape and prudent marshals of technology. Here are some of their views on the latest and greatest enterprise solutions.

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5 Critical Questions To Be Answered at I&T’s 2012 Executive Summit
5 Critical Questions To Be Answered at I&T’s 2012 Executive Summit
Insurance & Technology offers a sneak peek into some of the insights -- from big data to innovation -- that will be revealed at this year’s Executive Summit.

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Top 9 Soundbites from the SMA Summit
Top 9 Soundbites from the SMA Summit
Boston-based analyst firm Strategy Meets Action held its first summit this past Monday in its home city. Innovation was the watchword, with sessions focusing on how insurers can leverage five key next-generation technologies to advance the business: mobile, social media, cloud, big data/analytics, and social media. Here are some soundbites that show what's on insurers' minds when it comes to innovation.

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5 Mobile Insurance Apps That Help Policyholders Inventory Possessions
5 Mobile Insurance Apps That Help Policyholders Inventory Possessions
For insurers, creating a top-notch digital experience goes beyond just policy management. Ellen Carney, of Forrester Research, discusses five insurance apps that help customers take an inventory of their possessions in case of a loss.

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Insurance CIOs: How to Be Secure and Profitable in the Cloud
Insurance CIOs: How to Be Secure and Profitable in the Cloud
Many insurers remain cautious about cloud-based capabilities. But many are enjoying the undeniable benefits of externally hosted software through appropriate control and security measures.

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8 Insurance Industry Impacts of Hurricane Andrew
8 Insurance Industry Impacts of Hurricane Andrew
Technology, regulation, construction and the P&C insurance industry itself all have changed since – and in some instances, because of – Hurricane Andrew, the category 5 storm that made landfall in south Florida on August 24, 1992. Here are eight ways that the catastrophe changed the way insurance companies do business.

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The Key Technologies That Transformed Insurers’ Catastrophe Response Post-Hurricane Andrew
The Key Technologies That Transformed Insurers’ Catastrophe Response Post-Hurricane Andrew
Geocoding, modeling, digitization, modern claims systems and dashboards are among the technologies that are helping insurers do a much better job of catastrophe forecasting, planning and response, 20 years after Hurricane Andrew caused more than $26 billion in damage.

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5 Reasons Why Hurricane Andrew Still Matters
5 Reasons Why Hurricane Andrew Still Matters
In the 20 years since Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida on August 24, 1992, there have been more damaging hurricanes and natural catastrophes, but no other event has had as much impact on the insurance industry. To kick off I&T’s special coverage of Hurricane Andrew’s 20th anniversary, here’s a look at the catastrophe and how it has changed the industry.

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6 Tips for Avoiding a Social Media Debacle
6 Tips for Avoiding a Social Media Debacle
Progressive's "robotweet" debacle put a spotlight on social media's importance within the insurance industry and the risk companies take if they do not implement a sound social media strategy.

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8 Signs the Healthcare Debate Isn’t Dead
8 Signs the Healthcare Debate Isn’t Dead
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act are finding a variety of ways to delay its implementation, including blocking and evading set up of the health insurance exchanges prescribed by the law. Insurance & Technology takes a closer look at the leaders in various states who have stated their own reasons for blocking these exchanges.

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4 Ways Insurers Are Taking the Risk Out of Policy Admin Replacement
4 Ways Insurers Are Taking the Risk Out of Policy Admin Replacement
How can insurance companies mitigate the risk that comes with high-stakes policy administration replacement initiatives? Four insurers reveal their strategies to diminishing risk and optimizing the business impact of new systems.

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5 Customer Experience Concepts Insurers Can Learn from Yahoo’s New CEO
5 Customer Experience Concepts Insurers Can Learn from Yahoo’s New CEO
Just because the background of Yahoo’s high-profile new CEO, former Google executive Marissa Mayer, is in engineering doesn’t mean she doesn’t have some valuable insights about customer experience and engagement. As insurers grapple with these concepts, it could be helpful to review these insights from the woman who is charged with putting them into practice at long-struggling Yahoo.

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Insurance IT Salary Survey: Job Outlook Improving
Insurance IT Salary Survey: Job Outlook Improving
Even as the economy has stumbled, insurers' confidence in growth opportunities has led to shifting staffing needs and slightly higher salaries for insurance IT staff as carriers resume large-scale projects aimed at increasing efficiency and improving the customer experience, according to the 2012 InformationWeek U.S. IT Salary Survey. Check out many of the study's other revelations and view detailed charts on topics including the long-term view of insurance IT as a career and the growing gender gap in the sector.

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What Insurers Need to Know About the Next Generation of Tablets
What Insurers Need to Know About the Next Generation of Tablets
If, as Tom Petty sang, “The waiting is the hardest part,” then these are indeed tantalizing times for insurance IT execs and others charged with evaluating tablet device options for their workforces -- and, from an apps perspective, for their customers. In recent weeks, Google, Microsoft and Amazon all have revealed plans for new or updated tablets intended to challenge the dominance of Apple’s iPad. Reports that Apple is working on a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad suggest that determining enterprise tablet strategies will be an increasing complex endeavor. Here are some insights and opinions that could help insurers figure out where to place their bets in the tablet wars.

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Extreme Weather in the US: Is It Climate Change or a Historical Pattern?
Extreme Weather in the US: Is It Climate Change or a Historical Pattern?
Devastating wildfires that have destroyed at least 347 homes in Colorado and cost more than $11 million to control. A bizarre derecho storm that killed 22 people and left 4.3 million people without electricity across 10 states. Record heat across the United States. It’s highly unusual – or is it? This summer’s extreme weather has many observers pointing to climate change and global warming as the cause; others argue it’s all part of long-term weather patterns. Either way, insurance companies that must anticipate and respond to natural catastrophes are in the center of the storm. Here’s how some of the experts are interpreting this season’s dramatic weather-related events and their implications for the insurance industry.

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The Supreme Court Rules on the Affordable Care Act: What It Could Mean for Insurers
The Supreme Court Rules on the Affordable Care Act: What It Could Mean for Insurers
The Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provision is constitutional because it is a tax is having many immediate consequences. It surprised many observers, positioned Chief Justice John Roberts as one of the most influential Chief Justices in history, gave President Obama a victory, and inspired Mitt Romney and other Republicans to declare they would overturn the legislation. But what will be the long-term impact? Here are opinions, reactions and predictions related to the ruling and its potential effects on the insurance industry.

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