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

The silly season is upon us and having witnessed last night’s first Presidential debate I think it is safe to say that the dissembling and hyperbole that characterize the pronouncements of politicians everywhere will be amply in evidence.  Nonetheless, we will attempt to sift through the nonsense and get to the meat of how each [...]

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SBC Deadline Looms: Are Your Systems Ready?

Obamacare will be one of the key issues in the upcoming presidential race, and it could certainly change (or be completely overhauled) based on the outcome of this and some Senate elections.  For the time being, however, it is the law of the land, and insurers need to be ready to comply.  New regulations under [...]

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Who Would Make the Best Technology President?

Greetings blogophiles!  You may have noticed the lack of postings this week, as I am on a well-deserved vacation from my usual duties of poking fun and waxing eloquent about the technology world. I did want you to know, however, that–following the lead of 7-Eleven–I will be helping you sort the crud from the other [...]

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Security: The Best Defense is an Active Offense

Insurance Networking News has cited a Gartner assessment  in which Gartner Managing VP Ray Wagner named the cloud and consumerization, along with poor attack prevention, as the lone “tech-based” risks to enterprise IT.  Mr. Wagner is, of course, correct in naming these risks, but there is yet another to be added to that list–namely, the lack of a [...]

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Google Bounty Suggests New Career for Out of Work IT Staff

Google is one of the companies that has adopted the very interesting strategy of paying bounties to those who report legitimate bugs in its programs.   In fact, according to Computerworld, Google recently increased payments to researchers for reporting bugs in Chrome, saying the move was prompted by a decline in vulnerabilities submitted by outsiders. “Recently, we’ve seen [...]

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Consumers Agree: In-Car Connectivity is a Dangerous Distraction

First, let me offer an apology to the majority of technology consumers out there.  No, I’m not sorry for something I said or did, but rather for something I thought.  To wit, I believed that consumers were so anxious to have something new and cool that they would buy into on-board connectivity in the car–despite [...]

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Will Tablets Take Over?

My good friends at Insurance Networking News have posted a slide show from Gartner on Looking Ahead: Top 10 Tech Trends Through 2015.  Interestingly, the first trend cited is “Consumerization and the Tablet.”  Tablets, says the slide show, can be used in many ways by businesses to augment office space and tedious processes. Companies also often [...]

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Maybe Legacy Systems Aren’t So Bad After All

Technology journalists such as my humble self are almost predictably on a continous crusade against so-called “legacy systems,” especially in the financial services/insurance space, where a system’s speed and efficiency may be one of the few differentiators among competing companies.  It just struck me, though, that probably half of the largest insurers are still leveraging [...]

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Forms that Learn: It’s the Future

I’m not usually one to talk about individual tech products in the financial space, but an announcement from Appulate, Inc., a provider of forms parsing and data bridging for the property and casualty sector of the insurance industry, is of some importance.  The company has launched a new version of its Uplink technology that is ANN (artificial neural [...]

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No News from IASA? Not so Fast!

One of the biggest challenges for media types like  myself is trying to get news out of the IASA Educational Conference and Business Show.  It’s not that the show isn’t lively and interesting; it’s just that many of those with news to share have already done so at the ACORD LOMA Systems Forum, which takes [...]

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