Archive for the 'General' Category

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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Tablets Emerge as the Form Factor of Choice

Computerworld reports from  Barcelona that Hewlett Packard has unveiled the HP Slate7, a 7-in. tablet that will go on sale in April in the U.S. starting at the bargain price of $169.  Why is this important? First, as the article points out, many Android tablets today sell new for $200 and above, “making the HP Android 4.1 device a [...]

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When Technology Fails, Where is the Hope?

Having lived through the nightmare that was–and still is–Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore, a number of ideas occur as to our technology, our infrastructure, and our resolve as a nation and as individuals.  All it took was one huge storm, a freakish tidal surge, and damage that suggested a nuclear strike to bring us [...]

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Hurricane Sandy: The Dominoes Continue to Fall

Sandy and her attendant Nor’easter have come and gone, and while much needed relief efforts continue, it seems that other stories are taking more prominence in the daily headlines, perhaps because we are bored with the same old thing and because the news business has become nearly indistinguishable from the entertainment business.  But while Sandy [...]

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Sandy Sparks Foolish Climate Change Claims

Welcome to my post-Sandy edition; I apologize for not writing sooner, but mine was one of the communities evacuated due to Hurricane Sandy, and as you might expect, I lost power, phone service, and Internet service.  Happily, my home now has power and other services, but unhappily, I see that some are already bombarding newsstands [...]

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Who Would Make the Best Technology President? (Part 4)

For our fourth installment, let’s take a look at some more points of contention between the Presidential candidates. President Obama, on the Science Debate web site, says, “A free and open Internet is essential component of American society and of the modern economy. I support legislation to protect intellectual property online, but any effort to [...]

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