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2015 Insurance Technology Plans: Enabling Industry Transformation

February 27 2015 | Deb Smallwood

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What’s Happening in Commercial Lines Underwriting Automation?

March 18 2014 | Deb Smallwood

Insurers are paying closer attention to how they can automate commercial lines underwriting – not just the simple risks that some have already highly automated today, but the very complex and specialty risks as well. They are looking at sophisticated functionality that extends beyond what a policy administration system can...

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Time to Shift from Business/IT Alignment to Business/IT Alliance

February 12 2014 | Deb Smallwood

There is no question that alignment between the views and actions of business and IT professionals is critical for synchronizing strategies, priorities, and implementation – hence the commonly used term ‘Business/IT Alignment.’ However, the word align implies that there are two separate and distinct paths that need to be arranged...

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Transformation and Innovation Tipping Point - SMA Prediction for 2014

January 09 2014 | Deb Smallwood

I see 2014 as a tipping point year. This is the year we'll see transformation and innovation take a firm hold in insurance. We'll see renewed energy and enthusiasm as the majority of insurers embrace and capitalize on the power that transformation and innovation hold for this industry.

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How Does Your IT Budget Compare?

November 14 2013 | Deb Smallwood

In my conversations with insurers, I am frequently asked about IT investments. People want to know what the trends are around IT budgets and how their spending on information technology compares to others. To help explore these topics, we analyzed insights from our portfolio of research and did some additional...

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The Movement to Modernize is Gaining Momentum

November 05 2013 | Deb Smallwood

The age old conversation about legacy modernization is at last being translated into action. Insurers of all sizes are pushing forward and strategically planning for this change. While it is a tremendous undertaking as the effort extends well beyond just the core system technology, insurers are becoming clearer in their...

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Transform: Use New Technology Differently

October 04 2013 | Deb Smallwood

Big Data & Analytics are here, and the possibilities for using the data in new ways are changing daily. Even so, this new technology will soon be commonplace. The challenge insurers now face is to begin to look at ways to use the data differently, whether it be to improve...

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Today’s Options, Tomorrow's Requirements

October 03 2013 | Deb Smallwood

During our 2013 SMA Summit at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, MA on September 16, an executive stated, “What is innovative today will be expected tomorrow.” That’s a powerful insight. It really goes hand-in-hand with SMA’s three keys to embracing innovation for advantage: ENERGIZE, TRANSFORM, and DIFFERENTIATE.

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Stage Set for Spectacular Summit

September 14 2013 | Deb Smallwood

Final preparations are underway for the 2013 SMA Summit and we couldn’t be more excited. Fabulous setting, terrific agenda, lots of new research insights, a packed house, and more! Innovation is indeed a powerful force in our industry.

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