Entries by Mark O'Brien

Ready By Design

The outbreak of the coronavirus constitutes a profound test for the insurance industry. More pointedly, it’s a test of your company’s ability to continue operations without staff members being in the office. The fact is, now more than ever, insurers will have to rely on the contingency plans they put in place and the software […]

Fly(wheel) By Night

From conversations you’ve had with us, conversations you’ve had about us, and the messaging you’ve been exposed to (particularly in our blog posts), you’ve likely gotten the gist of our corporate culture. We aren’t a huge operation, but we consider that a strength. We aren’t a small operation, but we’ve managed our growth judiciously. As […]

Deceiving To the Core

A recent review of trends for strategic initiatives in the insurance-industry showed core transformations remaining relatively flat over the period between 2015 and 2020. At first, we wondered why: Is it because the need is constant and is being addressed relative slowly and, perhaps, consistently? Especially in light of the fact that so much marketing […]

The BI (Big Issues) with BI (Business Intelligence)

You’d be forgiven if you thought business intelligence (BI) — along with its two close pals, data and analytics — were chief preoccupations for insurance companies. You’d be forgiven because, according to one study we’ve seen, between 2015 and 2020, somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 to 90 percent of property/casualty insurers considered BI and […]

Digital Transformation: Part Two

Sixteen months or so ago, we published a post about digital transformation. In that post, we suggested this: One of the most constructive things we might do is ignore all the commotion about digital transformation. While organizations might need to transform (more likely they need to adapt and evolve), digital transformation has become all but indecipherable […]

It’s Not Rocket Science

Since we’re software developers — and given the world’s tendencies toward complexity — we thought it might be a good idea to take a crack at simplicity. So, here goes: The Finys Suite is effectively a property/casualty policy administration system … with a few operational goodies added on. More specifically, the Suite includes all of […]

Our New Year’s Resolutions

Since it’s the time of year at which most people are proclaiming the things they resolve to accomplish in the New Year, we figured we might as well take a crack at ours. So, here they are, in prioritized order: We resolve not to make any New Year’s resolutions. We resolve not to express any […]

’Tis the Season

It’s time to pump the brakes. Yes. We know the year’s not quite over yet. But think about how much is behind us: If any of the system changes you might have taken on this year aren’t finished, they’re likely well underway. If your budgeting for next year isn’t finished, you only have two choices […]

Don’t Pardon the Disruption

Given much of what we see and hear — much of what appears in but is not limited to the trade media in insurance or any other industry — we’re frequently reminded of the lyrics from the old Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth”: There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. […]

Think Big or Stay Home

One of our favorite slogans is one we saw on a t-shirt years ago. It was worn by a guy who must have been a bodybuilder — or else he was absurdly muscular for no good reason. The t-shirt read, “Get big or stay home.” This is not a bodybuilding blog. It’s not even a […]