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What’s in a Name? The Art of InsurTech Naming

September 12 2018 | Mark Breading

What is it with InsurTech brand names? Among the InsurTechs SMA is tracking (well over 1,000) are a wide range of names ranging from the clever to the practical to the bizarre. Having personal experience with naming, I can understand the challenges of finding something memorable, not already used, and...

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Claims is a People Business: The New Definition

September 11 2018 | Karen Pauli

Claims is a people business – virtually every claims executive I have ever met believes this. If you have ever been in a vehicle accident, experienced damage to your home or business, or been injured in a work-related incident, one of the first things that comes to mind is: I...

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Getting Under the Covers of Today’s P&C Digital Distribution Response

July 31 2018 | Karen Pauli

Today, the discussions around insurance distribution channels are in perpetual motion – everyone has an opinion as to where it’s going. But where is it today? What has changed? What hasn’t? And where are the investment dollars going? These are great questions, and most insurance professionals are interested in the answers.

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Can You Guess Who is Really Disrupting Insurance?

July 25 2018 | Karen Pauli

In a recent SMA blog, Karen Furtado, SMA partner, posed this question: “Have you ever found yourself hearing a word so frequently that it begins to lose its meaning?” (In that specific instance, the word she was referring to was “transformation.”) But, I think that everyone who reads that question...

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GIS: The Most Important Technology for Insurance That No One Talks About

July 19 2018 | Mark Breading

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) may conjure up images among insurers of an old technology that tends to be used by a few passionate specialists at their company. It is true that the technologies for mapping and visualization have been around for decades.

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The Future of P&C Insurance Distribution

July 12 2018 | Mark Breading

How much will the distribution of P&C insurance change in the next five years? This is anything but an academic question. Insurers, agents/brokers, and tech companies are all trying to read the tea leaves to position for success in a changing environment.

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Innovation in Action: John Hancock’s Vitality Program

June 26 2018 | Deb Smallwood

There’s more to staying healthy than eating your fruits and vegetables – and John Hancock Insurance Company knows it.

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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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An Omni-Channel Disaster: A Cautionary Tale

June 05 2018 | Mark Breading

The case for omni-channel capabilities is compelling. We are in an age where customers have many options for communicating. And the companies that can best provide them with capabilities to connect anytime, anywhere, via any method will increasingly be the winners.

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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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