Exactly one year ago our cover asked: "Will insurance IT get Scrooged in 2009?"

Now, as we close out the year, it appears, given the decline in the economy in general, insurance IT not only made it through comparatively unscathed, its stock in trade actually seems to have risen, with business recognizing the value IT brings to the table (for more, see cover story, p. 12).

Not only is this a change from the status of the prior year, it's also a sea change from the last bumpy financial ride the country took at the start of this century, when IT was viewed largely as a cost center and cost-cutting was nicking into the bone of IT departments.

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