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Brian Retson

Brian Retson

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

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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.
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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...
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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...
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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?..
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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...
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