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2019 Will Be the Year of the Agile Mandate

December 13 2018 | Karen Furtado

In 2018, insurers transformed in many ways, with wide spread progress being made in the areas of innovation. We have seen a collaborative mindset resulting in the conjoinment of the rich expertise of incumbent technology with the speed and agility associated with InsurTechs.

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Quest for the Holy Grail – Data and Analytics Driving New User Experiences in Workers’ Comp

October 23 2018 | Karen Furtado

Quotes from only five data points, or even fewer? Name your number, and you can find an insurer looking to transform the sales experience to match. We have seen a great deal of this momentum in personal lines with increasing attention in small commercial lines.

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And the Winner Is…Artificial Intelligence! The 2018 SMA Innovation in Action Awards

October 11 2018 | Karen Furtado

Artificial intelligence or AI stands out as one of the hottest technologies in the insurance industry in 2018. We are seeing more insurers identifying use cases, partnering, and investing in AI. 85% of insurers are investing time, money, and effort into exploring the AI family of technologies.

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The Impact of One Word on the Industry: Transformation

June 14 2018 | Karen Furtado

Have you ever found yourself hearing a word so frequently that it begins to lose its meaning? At SMA, we find this to be true with the word “transformation.” It is often used interchangeably with modernization, but in reality, they mean two very different things.

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Cloud Takes a Starring Role in the New Core Systems Paradigm

May 31 2018 | Karen Furtado

Eight years ago, I was giving a talk on cloud at a conference. The first thing I had to do was explain what the cloud is. It’s a new world, isn’t it? Cloud is no longer for the digital giants, the InsurTechs, and the early adopters.

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When “Modern” Isn’t Enough: Personal Lines Core Systems for the Digitally Native

May 22 2018 | Karen Furtado

Insurers, I have some good news and some bad news. Insurers have made tremendous progress in core modernization, actively purchasing and implementing new core systems and beginning to adapt their businesses to take full advantage of modern core systems’ capabilities.

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Convergence in Action: InsurTechs Meet Tech Incumbents in Core

May 15 2018 | Karen Furtado

One of the most pressing questions that has arisen from the InsurTech movement is this: Will InsurTech startups have a need to utilize the incumbent tech market’s capabilities? In the past three years, startups have been actively partnering with other startups, insurers, and tech incumbents.

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Innovation, Optional? Not Anymore

April 24 2018 | Karen Furtado

Innovation was not a word commonly used within insurance companies seven years ago. The good news – the world has changed! Innovation is now flourishing throughout the insurance industry. Since Strategy Meets Action founded the SMA Innovation in Action Awards for insurers and solution providers in 2012, innovation has assumed...

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Innovation in Action: Advanced Telematics and Artificial Intelligence

October 12 2017 | Karen Furtado

Solution providers are quickly advancing innovative approaches to the next generation of emerging technologies that are impacting both insurers and policyholders. SMA has acquired a unique historical view of how solution providers are innovating within insurance through our annual SMA Innovation in Action Awards – and we have seen how...

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Innovation Maturing Into Meaningful Impacts

October 03 2017 | Karen Furtado

Maturity in innovation means the innovative approaches taken by companies throughout the ecosystem are becoming more comprehensive and systematic. SMA has acquired a unique historical view of innovation in insurance through our annual SMA Innovation in Action Awards – and we have seen how it has changed over the six...

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