Blog Archive

2012

When I think of new, modern policy systems, or even modern systems in general, I think of an environment where much of the recurring tasks are increasingly automated - from validation to basic responses. Inevitably, this leads to an image of a whirring box where information goes in and decisions come out. Efficient and consistent, but 'faceless'.... Read More >
Insurance carriers are obsessed with models. Catastrophe models, predictive models, statistical models – they are all the rage. Tyra Banks would be proud. Models (of the non-runway variety) are useful tools to answer questions like “what could happen” and “what might be”.  But these models are most useful when trying to speculate on the future. We should have better ways to evaluate the present and the past. ... Read More >
You’ve probably heard the stats. Things like, “more data is created every day than existed in the entire world back in 2003” (true). Or how about, “72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute”[1] (true). Impressive as they are, these kinds of stats share another important characteristic:  they are totally useless.... Read More >
As much as I’m tempted to just say “42”, this is a more interesting question than it seems on the surface. Many Guidewire customers have an enterprise guideline for environments that every development project must adhere to, and our products fit nicely into such a structure. Others are looking for guidance and a best practice recommendation from a vendor like Guidewire.... Read More >
As the month of October started to come to a close I had the bright idea to dress up for Halloween as “Flo”, Progressive’s latest marketing marvel.... Read More >
There will be a new and regular series of blogs where members of the Guidewire Live team will be blogging our experiences and opinions on all things Guidewire Live and beyond.  We hope you’ll engage with us and give us your thoughts too.... Read More >
In this installment of "Keys to Success" I probe a somewhat controversial topic and that is the implementation of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in parallel with a Guidewire core system.  So, here we go...... Read More >
This article is the first of a multi-part series exploring Guidewire's product flexibility and our implementation methodology. Part one focuses on why an agile scrum methodology works so well with flexible packaged solutions like ours. In part two, I will discuss the importance of setting implementation Product Alignment goals  and  will continue by introducing our evolved implementation strategy called Value Alignment.... Read More >
I recently purchased a book from my local bookstore titled F in Exams - The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers. It’s a compilation of funny test responses collected by a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the comical entries, including: Exam Question: What does a transformer do? Student’s Response: It can go from being a robot to a sports car in three seconds.... Read More >
Even if you are a technology junkie like me, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the languages written for the Java Virtual Machine. If a few weeks pass and you haven’t heard of a new one, you probably aren’t paying attention (I just came across Loop the other day).... Read More >

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