Brian Retson

Brian Retson

Brian Retson is Director of Product/Solution Marketing at Guidewire, responsible for InsuranceSuite marketing.

Blog

Enter Elysian: Using Embedded Analytics Is a Multiplier

Imagine you’re trying to ski down a mountain as quickly and safely as possible. Within any given ski run, there are an almost infinite number of routes that you could take. So how do you decide which path is best for you? Perhaps the most obvious plan of attack is to take a look downhill and decide based on common sense and the previous times that you’ve skied the same run.
Leggi di più

Blog

Profitable Growth: The Best Kind of Growth

If your goal for 2021 is to grow your book of business, you’ll certainly face challenges. If your goal for 2021 is to grow profitably, then you’ve just upped the degree of difficulty significantly. But at the same time, who doesn’t want profitable growth? Our customers certainly do, which is why they ranked achieving profitable growth among their top five strategic imperatives for 2021 when we surveyed them at Connections Reimagined in November 2020.
Leggi di più
Disruptive . . . community?

Blog

Disruptive . . . community?

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...
Leggi di più
$12 for a jar of honey?

Blog

$12 for a jar of honey?

I recently visited a farmers’ market close to where I live. I walked by a stand that was selling small containers of honey, and I was shocked to see a price tag of $12. Shocked to the point that I stopped to see if I was understanding properly, because how could honey possibly cost so much?..
Leggi di più
We’re all working towards the same goal . . . aren’t we?

Blog

We’re all working towards the same goal . . . aren’t we?

There have been several posts recently about business cases and change within an organization1. Building off of that, I’d like to share some thoughts about best practices in change management for large technology projects such as core system replacement...
Leggi di più
Why is this screen black with green text? (how to not scare away the next generation of talent)

Blog

Why is this screen black with green text? (how to not scare away the next generation of talent)

Alternatively, you could go with a recruiting pitch of: Join our team - it’s like working in The Matrix!..
Leggi di più
What the Olympics have in Common with Insurance

Blog

What the Olympics have in Common with Insurance

Like millions of other people around the world, I’ve been glued to my television for the past couple of weeks, taken in by the spectacle that is the Olympic Games. To me, the Olympics represent competition and sportsmanship at the highest possible level, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch. However, in between all of the heartbreak and glory, I can’t help but wonder – what do the Olympics have in common with the property/casualty insurance industry?..
Leggi di più
Give your Claims Adjuster a Break!

Blog

Give your Claims Adjuster a Break!

Last week, I had the good fortune of attending the ACE (America’s Claims Event) conference in Las Vegas. It was an energizing week for me, and I was particularly inspired to see so many of Guidewire’s customers in speaking roles at the conference. As you might expect with a claims conference, there were many complex issues discussed throughout the week. However, one theme that I heard consistently reinforced was quite simple...
Leggi di più