Complimentary Webcast

Competing in Today’s World - Why Product Development is the Difference-Maker

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: 12pm ET | 9am PT
Cost: Free

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New insurance products and product changes are critical business levers in today’s highly competitive marketplace. The product development and product configuration challenges facing insurers are increasing in complexity and frequency.

Strategy Meets Action will share the results of a groundbreaking research study, based on a survey of Tech Decisions and PropertyCasualty360 insurance industry subscribers in the North American P&C marketplace. Webcast attendees will:

  • Understand what key factors are driving the creation of new products and product changes, and who is doing the most to initiate the activity
  • Explore the most pressing product development and product configuration challenges
  • Investigate what business drivers and required capabilities are influencing IT investment in product development
  • Learn about where the most effort is being expended throughout the product development lifecycle
  • Discover the current state and future direction of product development and configuration approaches

Join SMA and Accenture, Instec, Insurity, and ValueMomentum, sponsors of this Tech Decisions PropertyCasualty360 webcast, for the latest on what’s really happening in product development. Webcast participants will receive a free white paper, courtesy of the sponsors. Register now!

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Featured Speakers:

Mitch Cain Mitch Cain
Chief Architect

Mitch Cain is the Chief Architect for Insurity. In this role, Mitch is responsible for the planning and execution of the Technology Roadmap and architectural design of Insurity’s core product initiatives, as well as serving as technical liaison to the Sales & Marketing team.

Mitch has been developing Commercial Software professionally for more than 26 years with experience in both the retail and insurance industries and e-commerce. He has held several leadership positions in various roles from development and product management, sales and marketing, through CTO. He has been a featured speaker at national conventions on Internet marketing and Web development, including FMI and Retail MarkeTechnics.

Mitch holds a BA in Business Administration with dual majors in Management Information Systems and Marketing.

Karen FurtadoKaren Furtado
Strategy Meets Action

Karen is a Partner at Strategy Meets Action, a strategic advisory firm offering a unique blend of advisory, research, and project-based consulting services to both insurance companies and solution providers. She is a widely recognized expert in the core systems space. Karen has exceptional knowledge of policy administration, rating, product configuration, billing, and claims and deep understanding of distribution and emerging technologies such as social media, cloud/SaaS, and ideation/crowdsourcing. She knows how to modernize and innovate for competitive advantage. Those seeking an edge in today's highly competitive world turn to Karen to capitalize on her unparalleled knowledge and experience in connecting solutions to business and IT requirements.

Karen has held various leadership positions including Insurance Practice Director at Collaborative Consulting and Vice President of CGI's Insurance Practice.

Karen is often quoted in major insurance publications and speaks frequently at leading industry conferences. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College.

Anant Iyer Anant Iyer
Head of Product Management

Anant leads the Product Management function at ValueMomentum, a leading provider of Software and Services to Insurance Carriers. Anant is responsible for driving the overall product strategy for the iFoundry Rating, iFoundry Product Configurator and DealFoundry Underwriting & Portal product lines. Anant has over 17 years of experience spanning product management, practice management and business development.

Kevin Mason Kevin Mason
Vice President of Product Development and Maintenance

Kevin Mason has worked in many aspects of software development since 1981, including roles as Product Strategist, Software Development Methodologist, Project Manager, and Technology Architect for companies such as Cincinnati Bell Information Systems, SHL Systemhouse (now part of EDS), AGENCY.COM, and GENECA. He joined Instec in 2008 and is responsible for all development associated with all products. He holds a BA in Political Science, from the University of Iowa and an AS in Computer Science.

Jeff Wargin Jeff Wargin
Product Manager for Policy Administration & Rating

Jeff leads the Accenture Duck Creek Policy and Billing products teams, responsible for the strategic direction and release planning of the Policy Administration, Underwriting, Rating and Billing products. Jeff started with Accenture in 1990 in their cross-industry technology consulting practice, focused on delivering emerging-technology solutions to customers. He found a niche working for Accenture's P&C Insurance industry, and in the late 1990's, he helped lead the development of the first release of Accenture's Claim Components product. Jeff has since held development, product management and implementation positions for all of Accenture's P&C Insurance software products. With Accenture's acquisition of Duck Creek Technologies in 2011, Jeff moved into his current position leading the Policy and Billing product teams. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and he is currently located in Los Angeles.

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