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New Product Laser Focus: February 2, 2016

Yes, it’s true.  There actually are some new products being introduced in the insurance/financial services space, and we are happy to highlight one for you.  To wit: Sapiens International Corporation, a provider of software solutions for the financial services sector, has announced the expansion of its business decision management solution, Sapiens DECISION Suite, with the […]

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New Product Laser Focus: Jan. 25, 2016

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but there actually are a few new technology products being introduced to the insurance/financial services space. Appulate, Inc. has announced the launch of a new retail agency platform, CarrierConnect™ which includes a number of features that should appeal to independent agents. The new platform is specifically designed to help independent […]

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New Product Laser Focus

Applied Systems Applied Systems recently announced the release of Applied Epic 2016, a new agency and brokerage management system, to the U.S. and Canadian insurance marketplaces. According to the company, the product provides expanded and additional market-first capabilities for an entire agency or brokerage’s staff to manage benefits, automate sales operations, customize workflows, and assess […]

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Where Are the New Products?

There was a time when the technology industry was all about new products.  In its heyday, Comdex, the huge national computer technology conference, drew hundreds of thousands of participants who wanted to get a first look at the newest and coolest hardware and software offerings from hundreds of vendors.  Sadly, that storied event has faded […]

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In Praise of Middleware (Although it is not Cool!)

No one wants to be technologically uncool.  No one wants to be seen as out of step with the times, as a Luddite.  This is especially true in the insurance industry, whose technological acumen was once described by a Microsoft executive as being on a level with the Amish. Insurers, brokers and agents have worked […]

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Insurance Systems: How Much Do We Need IT?

One of the more interesting topics that has popped up recently is the idea that–more and more–insurer business personnel want to be able to work with and administer their technology, such as policy administration systems, product configurators, and the like, without having to consult their IT departments. From a business point of view, we really […]

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The Insurance Technology Shows–A Major Shift

Having taken a couple of weeks to digest my impressions, I am left with some interesting thoughts on the present and future of technology conferences aimed at financial services–and in particular at the insurance industry.  This May’s ACORD LOMA Systems Forum was the swan song for a conference that was once the industry’s crown jewel […]

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Global Warming Update: Think More Ice

While few insurers will actually talk about it, many have bowed down at the altar of climate change and have quietly adjusted their forecasts to accommodate the pronouncements of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) monopoly.  This is happening despite no clear evidence of human culpability–or indeed of the catastrophic changes predicted by Al Gore and […]

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Is the PC Really Dead?

As Dell continues to do its best to exit the PC business, many of us are undoubtedly wondering whether the venerable personal computer has any future at all.  According to a posting by NASDAQ, industry research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) said global PC shipments in the first quarter of 2013 fell 13.9% from last […]

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Whither the IT Jobs? Think Security!

Computerworld is confirming what yours truly has been saying for some time now–that the future of IT jobs lies in securing data and facilities.  But there’s more to it than that.  Computerworld cites a report from Burning Glass Technologies, which develops technologies designed to match people with jobs, showing that demand for cybersecurity professionals over […]

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