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New Product Laser Focus: February 24, 2016

And now for something completely different… GAPro says it has “the first real-time, single-source, cloud-based solution for collecting, managing and automating the insurance verification and compliance process across all industries.  GAPro adds that its “solution” enables both initial and ongoing compliance verification and collaboration between insurance carriers, agencies, insureds, and third parties. This new approach […]

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New Product Laser Focus: February 10, 2016

OK, don’t start sending me irate emails.  So this isn’t a completely new product, but a major enhancement is almost as good. ISO says it has enhanced its Electronic Rating Content (ERC) Suite with new features that make it easier for insurers to identify and apply the latest rating information from ISO about risk. “The […]

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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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