Blog Archive

2013

Well, here we are in the penultimate week of December with another year having flown by. At least once an orbit, we owe it to ourselves to have a look at what's transpired and where the trends will take us in the year to come. Here are my votes in core P/C (Property/Casualty): * Global cross-pollination... Read More >
A frequent question that arises when planning any large IT project: “How do I manage the dependencies between all of this integration work going on at the same time?”... Read More >
The request for proposal process (RFP) used by many insurers to evaluate software packages and vendors is broken. While we at Guidewire welcome every RFP, I believe there is a better way for Property/Casualty insurers to assess vendors at this stage of their evaluation process.... Read More >
The business transformation journey often requires a systems transformation to enable the business to be more agile in the market, improve customer loyalty and satisfaction, while optimizing cost structure. For system transformation or upgrades using agile, the question of how do you know when you are done frequently arises.... Read More >
Last month, Guidewire hosted Connections 2013, our 9th annual User Conference. We often talk about the “Guidewire Community,” and nowhere is it more apparent than at Connections. As I walked around the opening reception on Sunday night, I couldn’t help but to notice the palpable energy in the room. It was just the beginning of what would be an action-packed conference over the next several days. We were pleased to welcome over 800 customers and partner attendees.... Read More >
There has been a lot of buzz in the industry around Risk Based Testing. Before we talk about this, let’s agree on why we do testing. Testing is basically a component of a risk mitigation strategy for any project, regardless of the size. The objective of testing is to uncover defects that may lead to undesirable results for the system users and for the organization. The potential for undesirable results are generally referred to as risk.... Read More >
In this Guidewire Smart Approach Blog post, I am going to attempt to answer one of the most common questions I get as a Professional Services Director at Guidewire. That question comes very early in the project lifecycle, sometimes even before a project is approved to move forward.  The question I hear repeatedly from a majority of our customers is, “What should we be doing to get ready for our Guidewire project?”... Read More >
The concept of a crystal ball has always bothered me a little bit… I mean, it seems like it would be good idea to know what’s to come in the future, but doesn’t knowing change everything??? Being unable to ‘know the unknown’ presents most people with two options to consider: 1) accept that one can only solve today’s challenges and face them as they appear; or 2) prepare for everything and hope for the best.... Read More >
I was thrilled to read the article published last October in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" (Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, Harvard Business Review, October 2012).... Read More >
Fair warning: if you’re a software architecture purist, you may want to stop reading now.... Read More >

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