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.

Though I am but a humble consultant for a software vendor, I share something in common with many of you for-reals insurance professionals: I have been deepening my understanding of the P/C (Property/Casualty) insurance industry with courses from The Institutes.... Read More >
Every insurer wants (needs?) a robust, mobile-friendly, online presence. After Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone in 2007, insurers worldwide realized that mailing documents, personal lines agents and enlarging call centres would soon become as legacy as their decades old core systems. The new generation of customer base expects (demands?) to store and organize their “life” on an abstract cloud. They also expect new, light-structured apps to support them.... Read More >
The project kick-off meetings are in diary. Your systems integrator and Guidewire consultants are booked. You have seconded internal team members for your new implementation. The scene is set for your Guidewire implementation.... Read More >
There has been some recent news coverage suggesting that insurers should start to consider their core operational systems as ‘commodities’ and that their innovations will come from other areas of technology.... Read More >
To improve outcomes of core and data transformation initiatives, P/C insurers can benefit from investing in an insurance data solution from the core systems provider to serve as an intermediary between the core operational systems and the data warehouse, business intelligence, and advanced analytical systems.... Read More >
Data is the lifeblood of the property/casualty (P/C) insurance industry. Data is not only used to support core operations across policy, billing, and claims, but also to monitor the business and fulfill statutory and regulatory requirements.... Read More >
If you build it, they will use it.  Won’t they? Implementing and managing core systems is an amazing feat of balance. Even with clear mandates and best intentions teams have conflicting opinions of how to optimize their processes. Each data field, mouse click, list value, and business rule needs to be assessed against trade-offs of quality, user experience, and processing efficiency. Each user views the workflow and processes slightly differently. ... Read More >
After spending decades in the insurance industry on several continents, it never ceases to amaze me how we continuously fail to adapt to change as effectively as other industries around us. In the past, it has been possible to get by with expedient choices to address immediate needs. What has crept up on the industry is the impact of a whole generation of new customers with different demands - I am, of course, speaking about Millennials.... Read More >
Other than wondering how to manage integration dependencies, the most frequent question I hear during the software evaluation phase is about the applicability of an agile development process to an integration team. Of course! It’s just a little (maybe a lot?) more challenging than the product configuration tracks. Here’s why:... Read More >
While watching Roger Federer play in the U.S. Open a few months ago, the commentators reminded viewers what a big deal it was that he had switched to a new tennis racket last year. To the casual fan, changing rackets would seem like a very nonchalant activity. For Roger Federer, who has won more Grand Slam tournaments than any other men’s tennis player in history, change is not something that equates to success.... Read More >

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