platform

What is an industry platform and why is it such a big idea? It’s clear the technology landscape in P&C insurance is becoming a “platform market.” Participants know the market used to be for modular applications designed along functional lines (claims, policy, billing). The next phase was the market for integrated suites including core operations, data and analytics, and systems for digital engagement. The third phase, recently begun, is the platform phase, evidenced by commentary such as this from Celent’s Donald Light. So what is an industry platform? And why should you care? ... 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 >
As the 2015 tennis season’s first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open, began, my thoughts turned to a quote from the legendary Arthur Ashe: “Success is a journey, not a destination.” A winner of the event in 1970, Mr. Ashe recognized that success requires constant pursuit.... Read More >
Many of the best engineering problems form at the crossroads of competing interests: material strength versus weight for rocket parts, displacement versus efficiency for engines, or energy density versus longevity (or perhaps flammability) for batteries.... Read More >
We had the good fortune of starting Guidewire at a transformative time in the world of software engineering. It was in the early 2000's that people started really rethinking what it meant to write testable software. Some of the progress came through the advent of new tools and language constructs and from the sheer availability of computing power to do meaningful large-scale automated testing. But the real difference, for us, was in switching our heads around to put testing first.... Read More >
At Guidewire, we think of each of our carrier customers as family members: true partners in what will be a career-long journey together. Holding this metaphor in our heads makes it easier to put engineering efforts into the right context and to prioritize them, but it also means that we take on a variety of burdens and responsibilities that transcend the traditional vendor-purchaser "relationship". I'm going to write about some of those challenges in my next few blog entries.... Read More >