Friday Jun 10, 2011

2011 IASA Show Wrap Up

The spring 2011 trade show season is winding down, and what better way to spend it than in Nashville, TN?  I attended the IASA Educational Conference and Business Show this past week. It was another great opportunity for Oracle Insurance to connect with industry friends including customers, partners, and fellow vendors.  

This show in particular sees a high amount of accounting- and financially-focused attendees. It was a great opportunity to talk about our billing offering as well as how Oracle Insurance Insight works with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to expose information from financials to insurance operations.

Oracle Insurance had a couple of newsworthy announcements. First, Oracle Insurance Insbridge announced the availability of version 4.5, which enables international usage.  Check out the news here. Also, a new release of Oracle Insurance Revenue Management and Billing was announced. See it here.

Being in Nashville, it was only appropriate that Vanderbilt alum, Al Gore, gave Monday's keynote speech.  On Tuesday, the keynote was presented by Afterburner, Inc., a team of elite military professionals that are experts in helping teams pursue Flawless Execution. they  introduced us to their Flawless Execution Model that is a proven process used by elite military professionals around the world to execute missions when the stakes are high and failure is not an option.

And what completes a country-inspired trade show better than a closing party with Clint Black? He delivered one-of-a-kind music with some good ol' boy storytelling. IASA guests were entertained for the evening.

Clint Black performs at IASA

Wednesday Apr 13, 2011

The 2011 Life Insurance Conference Wrap-up

Having spent the past 20+ years in the life insurance industry, it's been a pleasure seeing this conference grow from its modest start 9 years ago.   Today, the Life Insurance Conference is a well established and premier industry event that draws over 500 interested attendees from various carriers, media and technology partners.       

Senan O'Loughlin,  SVP Clients Markets, Swiss Re noted in his General Session titled  "The Economic Environment of the Life Insurance Industry - Is It Time to Be All In?"  that "US expansion growth is moderate" and "Capital lost during the crisis has been restored but not at the same quality".  Senan's message reinforced a similar optimistic theme heard among speakers and attendees over the previous two days of the conference. He also provided a positive overview of New Business trends that included: overall sales have stabilized, annuity sales are growing - especially VA, a slight decline in term insurance due to fewer product offerings and some price increases and that Whole Life Insurance has seen steady growth over the past 5 years.        

Another conference theme continued from earlier sessions was Social Media.  Mike Fitzgerald, a Senior Analyst with Celent  shared the results of a pre-conference attendee survey that was conducted.  While there are risks and rewards of social media marketing, its clear carriers have a vested desire to connect with online consumers.   Mike noted " that from  2008 - 2010, the fastest growing demographic now using social networking sites are the Older Boomers".   

Gene Smaciarz,  Director- Creative Services at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, offered a carrier's perspective on how his faith-based member organization was using online "Member Communities" to connect with its nearly 3 million members .  Gene spoke of the Five Basic Objectives of their Social Media needs that included:

  • Listening
  • Talking
  • Energizing
  • Supporting
  • Embracing

Brand protection and loyalty are key factors for insurance companies to consider and Social Media as a marketing tool will play an increasing role.

It's interesting to note that next month (May 22-24) at the 2011 ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum, Biz Stone, American entrepreneur and author best known for co-founding Twitter will be the Monday morning key note speaker.  Again, emphasizing  the role Social Media plays in our industry.

Next year,  the Life Insurance Conference will be back in Orlando on April 23-25, 2012.

Roger A.Soppe, CLU, LUTCF, is the Senior Director of Insurance Strategy, Oracle Insurance.

 

 

Monday Mar 28, 2011

Game Changer for Insurers: An Adaptive Approach to Core Systems Migration

Improved speed to market, more competitive product offerings, better customer service - these are a few of the advantages that come with replacing an inflexible, aging policy administration system. So why do insurance companies still hesitate to undertake a replacement project and modernize?

One reason is the risk involved in migrating from an old policy administration system to a new one. New ways of thinking about core system migrations, including data conversions, can help insurers reduce this risk and realize the benefits of a modern core system, like Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity. The concept of "adaptive migration" combines proven data conversion methodologies with an adaptive, highly configurable, rules-driven core system, turning programming code into business rules and inflexible processes into flexible ones.

You can read more about this new approach, and how it can reduce the risk and bring the benefits of migrating to a new policy administration system. Download the newest Oracle Insurance strategy brief "Changing the Rules of the Game: An Adaptive Approach to Core System Migrations" to learn more.

You can learn even more by stopping by Oracle partner's Universal Conversion Technologies' (UCTs') booth at The Life Insurance Conference, April 11-13, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Representatives from both Oracle Insurance and UCT will be on hand to answer your questions and share best practices about adaptive core system migrations.

Not coming to The Life Conference next month?  Stop by and see us during the Life & Annuity sessions at the Core Systems Summit 2011, April 15 in Chicago, or join Oracle Insurance at ACORD LOMA 2011, May 22-24 in San Diego.   Find out more about Oracle Insurance Policy Administration for Life and Annuity and our other solutions for the industry by visiting the Oracle Insurance booth #225 and ACORD LOMA sessions featuring Oracle Insurance executives and our insurance customers.  We'll highlight more about what we have planned at ACORD LOMA this year in an upcoming Oracle Insurance blog. 

Helen Pitts is senior product marketing manager for Oracle Insurance's life and annuities solutions.

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