Smart Approach Blog

Welcome to Guidewire’s blog for P&C insurance. Here we'll share our experiences and lessons learned from more than 300 implementation projects. We'll also offer our point of view on industry trends and advice to help you adapt and succeed on your journey of continuous improvement.

This is the second blog in my current miniseries highlighting unique European insurance industry innovators. With 118% growth in insurtech deals in 2017, Europe is a region to keep an eye on for unique value propositions. Enjoy! ... Read More >
Drones are often touted as being the answer to a great number of modern-day challenges. Soon, we are told, they will be making shopping deliveries for us, dropping off pizzas, and even taxiing us around. ... Read More >
According to analysis by Accenture, the number of insurtech deals in Europe grew 118% during 2017. Although the U.S. is the biggest region in terms of investment in insurtech projects, Europe is becoming a major player. This is the first in a three-part miniseries highlighting three unique European innovators. Enjoy! ... Read More >
That’s what we heard from Khushi, a high school student and organizer of last weekend’s 24-hour hackathon sponsored by Guidewire. Her goal was to get students involved in hackathons to prove to them that coding is fun. Hackathons link code to viable and creative outcomes, and they also give students a chance to compete for prizes and recognition. ... Read More >
My name is Brian Desmond and I serve as the CMO at Guidewire, which provides an industry platform for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. In a previous blog post, I defined what an industry platform is and why it’s such a big idea for the P&C industry. In this blog post, I outline why the cloud—in terms of its technology and business model definitions—is critical for an industry platform to perform at scale. I appreciate the fact that you may be skeptical, given my company’s role. I’ve tried to write a substantive and useful piece. You will be the judge of that. ... Read More >
Not all software vendors think of themselves as being on a journey with their customers. Many, if not most, communicate their releases as single data points with little vision toward the future. While it’s easy to look at the most current version as the best version ever, what would happen if vendors instead looked at the long-term view of their platform? ... Read More >
It is predicted that by 2020 there will be 30 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices - a 31% year-over-year increase from 2017. The global market value of IoT in 2020?  Well, it’s projected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020. ... Read More >
Drivy is the leading marketplace for car rentals in Europe. The service enables each user to rent a car from someone within walking distance of the renter’s home whenever needed—whether to go away for a weekend, attend a business meeting, or organize a move. The service includes comprehensive insurance coverage. Vehicle owners can also rent out their vehicles on the website. ... Read More >
Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Plug and Play 2018 Winter Symposium where InsurTechs “pitched” their value propositions in five minutes to a large audience of insurers and potential investors. In my final InsurTech blog for 2018, I highlight three interesting value propositions from the session. ... Read More >
What is an industry platform and why is it such a big idea? It’s clear the technology landscape in P&C insurance is becoming a “platform market.” Participants know the market used to be for modular applications designed along functional lines (claims, policy, billing). The next phase was the market for integrated suites including core operations, data and analytics, and systems for digital engagement. The third phase, recently begun, is the platform phase, evidenced by commentary such as this from Celent’s Donald Light. So what is an industry platform? And why should you care? ... Read More >

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