Connecting the Business & Technology Communities
May 2011 • Volume 14, Issue 3
page 24 page 30
Insurance IT managers in charge of their data centers must know how to
juggle. Servers, networks and storage systems, managed separately, are
dependent on each other to keep the infrastructure in synch. Adding
layers of applications and middleware to extend systems only creates
overhead. Enter “fabric computing,” a radically simplified architecture
that promises seamless integration between loosely coupled technolo-
gies. Fabric’s centralized administration and efficiency echoes that
of virtualization, but with one exception: It has the potential to unite
information resources in a way previously unimagined.
Will ‘Fabric Computing’ Change
The Way Data Centers Operate?
Telematics, known in the broader sense as the fusing of analytics and
location-based technologies, offers many advantages to insurers. But
implementation isn’t easy and widespread customer adoption challenges
remain. In an in-depth discussion, A. T. Kearney partner and telematics
expert Joseph Reifel talks about how insurers can position themselves
to address issues such as consumer privacy, regulatory issues and com-
petition in new markets, and do so with an eye on improving loss ratio,
profitability and growth.
Merging Analytics, Mobility
In Pay-as-You-Go Auto Policies
Health care reform,
health plans and other
market transformations force Aetna and
other insurers to make
critical choices on electronic billing and payment technologies.
Monique Hesseling and other ACORD committee
leaders are on a mission to streamline the
development and management of insurance
technology standards. page 12