core system

Dec
17
2015

In some corners, critical discussions around core system technology have changed dramatically.  Just a few short years ago it was all about issuing policies and bills faster, settling claims more accurately, reducing error ratios, automating routine processes, and utilizing industry data standard

Mar
27
2015

Digital technologies have profoundly changed how we do business. Because these technologies impact virtually all business functions and customer interactions, today’s companies recognize the importance of becoming a “digital business.” This notion is certainly supported by insurance industry articles, discussions, and conference references.  But what does it really mean to be a digital business?   

Mar
06
2015

Most customers start thinking about making many widespread changes to their IT landscape as part of a core system replacement project. Even though the goal may be business transformation, it makes sense to consider what technology benefits can also be realized.

Oct
04
2013

The concept of a crystal ball has always bothered me a little bit… I mean, it seems like it would be good idea to know what’s to come in the future, but doesn’t knowing change everything??? Being unable to ‘know the unknown’ presents most people with two options to consider: 1) accept that one can only solve today’s challenges and face them as they appear; or 2) prepare for everything and hope for the best.

Jun
28
2013

In this installment of "Keys to Success," I explore the concept of attempting to predict how users will utilize Guidewire InsuranceSuite and recommendations for process design and workflow.

Jun
14
2013

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.

Apr
15
2013

When we embarked upon building what eventually became known as Guidewire Live, we started with our customers. What problems were they struggling with and what unique assets could we bring to bear to help them solve those problems? We didn’t think a lot about what to call it or what category it fit into. But naturally, people asked and so we needed to come up with some answers: It’s a network. It’s a hosted platform of apps. It’s a community of insurers.

Nov
12
2012

In this installment of "Keys to Success" I probe a somewhat controversial topic and that is the implementation of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) in parallel with a Guidewire core system. 

So, here we go...

Sep
28
2012

I recently purchased a book from my local bookstore titled F in Exams - The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers. It’s a compilation of funny test responses collected by a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the comical entries, including:

Exam Question: What does a transformer do?

Student’s Response: It can go from being a robot to a sports car in three seconds.

Aug
13
2012

You’ve got funding and approval for your core system project, you’ve been exposed to Guidewire products and methodology, and you’ve got a firm grasp on your project scope through completion of the Inception Phase. Now, you’re ready to enter arguably the most exciting phase of the project – the Implementation Phase.

Jul
06
2012

This is the first installment of what I hope is a series of posts that outlines keys to successful Guidewire system implementations using the agile methodology. This installment focuses on a role in our agile implementations, the product owner.

Background 

Jun
19
2012

Welcome to “Smart Approach”, Guidewire’s blog for property/casualty insurance. We are honored to have helped insurers around the world replace their legacy core systems and transform their businesses. We’ve learned a lot -- from more than 140 implementations; from our customers and our partners; from our successes and our mistakes.