Smart Approach Blog

Welcome to Guidewire’s blog for property/casualty 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.

Many of Guidewire’s customers choose to take advantage of On Demand Consulting, our offering that provides remote support and guidance post-implementation, without the added costs inherent withon-site support. These customers depend on On Demand Consulting because our experts bring deep, broad-based knowledge of all Guidewire products and integrations.... Read More >
Performing a successful Guidewire upgrade is much like a successful fighter mission, each takes careful planning and execution. There are similarities in the processes and mindset required to complete. It all starts with a preflight checklist. Let’s take a look. Preflight Checklist... Read More >
I recently enjoyed congregating with insurers, regulators, venture capitalists, and software vendors of all sizes to tease out how big data, analytics, and artificial intelligence are causing irreversible climate change in the insurance ecosystem. The topics at Insurance Disrupted included:... Read More >
One of my favorite rock bands is Daft Punk.  They are the Grammy award-winning duo famous for songs like “Get Lucky” and “Robot Rock”.  I don’t just admire them for their incredible music, but because they are innovators.... Read More >
Earlier this month, users of Guidewire Underwriting Management (formerly FirstBest UMS) gathered in historic Newport, RI for three days of underwriting technology discussion, idea sharing, and an official welcome to the Guidewire family.... Read More >
As highlighted in a recent report by the World Economic Forum, insurance appears to be the sector potentially most impacted by the Internet of Things trend. Its value chain could be profoundly impacted by these technologies, so it’s time for a strategic reflection at an industry level.... Read More >
So, you’ve taken the leap – you’re modernizing the core systems of your insurance business, laying down the architecture and infrastructure to propel your business into the digital age. It’s a large-scale transformation project that will most likely take months of resources to complete.... Read More >
Recently I accessed my Amazon.com app to purchase garbage bags and was surprised and slightly amused, to see my product recommendations which included a meat thermometer, race car set and drone. Understanding that my husband also uses our Amazon app explains the product recommendations. ... Read More >
That statement sums up what millennial small business owners know about insurance; in essence, not much. In a focus group we conducted to better understand the needs of this unique cohort, we heard this statement, as well as the amusing consensus of the group that older people must know more about insurance.   ... Read More >
Recently I conducted a focus group of Millennial policyholders to understand their unique perspective on buying insurance. A clear message that resonated from the group was they don’t want to purchase insurance the way their parents do. Insurers understand this and are overhauling how they target, sell to, and service this unique cohort.... Read More >

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