implementation

“Business and IT must be aligned for your software implementation to succeed.” How often have you heard that old truism?  But on most projects, that really means, “The business should clearly articulate what it wants, then twiddle its thumbs while IT does the hard work.” And that makes sense when the key difficulties are all about the code: APIs, integrations, configuration, etc. But what if the tougher issues are really for the business side to resolve?... Read More >
I love golf. So much so that my wife often questions my sanity. It’s my favorite sport to play and watch, but the latter only when I’m already sleepy and not playing golf. Why do I bring this up in a Guidewire blog? Golf holds a lot of similarities to building product, any kind of product, whether it’s a software product or an insurance offering.  There are different aspects to both that hold key similarities. For simplicity, let’s break down building product into three buckets:... Read More >
At Guidewire we use major releases (which are numbered 8.0.0, 9.0.0, for example) of our products to roll out important new features, improvements in integration capabilities, support for newer versions of other technologies in the stack (application servers, database, etc.), among many other benefits.... Read More >
A frequent question that arises when planning any large IT project: “How do I manage the dependencies between all of this integration work going on at the same time?”... Read More >
Guidewire Software products deliver working software out-of-the-box based on Property/Casualty insurance best practices that provide real business benefits with little configuration. But a key feature of Guidewire’s platform and products is that they are designed to be flexible. That flexibility can enable you to extend base product features or design completely new features strategic to the way they do business. But, how much time and money should you invest in changing the product?... Read More >
In this Guidewire Smart Approach Blog post, I am going to talk about a very important person that you probably don’t think about when you are planning or executing your Guidewire implementation project. This person is what I call, “The Protagonist”. The Protagonist is a customer resource that embraces Guidewire systems and the change they will bring to your organization.... Read More >
In this installment I am taking a departure from my normal, "Keys to Success," thread and instead providing a glimpse into the concept of the Implementation Workshop which we (Guidewire) use when working with insurers looking to replace their core systems.... Read More >
I was recently working with one of the people responsible for a large Guidewire program. Their responsibility included keeping the team on track throughout an implementation project. As part of this work, we (Guidewire) made several recommendations that are intended to maintain momentum and lead to a healthy project assessment.... Read More >
This is the first in a series of blog posts about our experiences adopting agile methodology in the context of sales and marketing. This series will talk about process, tools, and how the team has benefited. Since joining Guidewire about a year ago, I have had the privilege of hearing from many of our customers about how agile methodology has transformed how they run IT projects. A typical customer experience goes like this:... Read More >
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.... Read More >

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