technology

The “gig economy” is growing rapidly. Technology acceleration has enabled businesses like Deliveroo to pioneer its working model in the UK.... Read More >
This weekend I was joined by Guidewire colleagues who generously donated their free time to help me kick off, mentor, and judge our annual hackathon organized by a woman student: DV Hacks II. Hackathons are a fun way of linking code to viable and real-life outcomes, and they also give students a chance to compete for prizes and recognition. ... Read More >
More than 100 insurers, insurance technology providers, partners, members of the media, analysts, and other experts met at the 2019 Strategy Meets Action (SMA) Summit on December 4 to discuss 2019’s hits and misses and what’s coming next. It was, as always, a full and enlightening day. Two clear themes emerged early this time around and stuck with me throughout the day:... Read More >
It’s generally understood that agents prefer to work with insurers that are easy to do business with. This typically leads to more business and can establish an insurer as the agents’ “insurer of choice.”... Read More >
Even within P&C Commercial lines, Workers’ Compensation insurance is a unique niche. The stakes, if not higher, are at least different when you’re insuring not buildings and vehicles but human beings. People. Can you imagine a more unpredictable risk, or one that contributes in more ways to your success? ... Read More >
In mid-August of this year, I wrote a blog about an event that was held at Guidewire – Girl Geek X. In it, I lauded the women who have endured the ups and downs of insurance technology. I’m still inspired by the tenure of many women in this industry, especially when I hear some experiences of slow movement to leadership roles.... Read More >
How do you define “moving to the cloud”? The old cliché “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” applies just as well to the definition of the cloud. It’s become a catch-all phrase for which people have their own definitions. Often when you think of the cloud, the common connotation and benefits are immediately around technology: simplifying IT by eliminating servers, reduced IT risk by removing data center operations, and increased security by centralizing software operations. ... Read More >
In my first post in this series, I provided Guidewire’s perspective that we are at the early stage of a new era of P&C systems (see The Engagement Era).... Read More >
Whether you are fixing the kitchen sink, doing yardwork or cooking a meal, it is often essential to have the right tools for the right job. The same applies when it comes to predictive analytics. Solutions for business intelligence, data visualization, and reporting are very different to those for predictive analytics. It’s even important to use the right predictive analytics software, especially when it comes to analyzing insurance data.... Read More >
Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance companies today understand that in order to take advantage of opportunities in a fast-changing market, they must ensure their core systems are agile enough to enable such gymnastics. But the financial aspect of a new, modern system can be daunting: Plugging hardware and software line items into an IT budget might bring the scary reality of costs into sharp focus.... Read More >

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