SunGard Identifies Ten Trends in Insurance for 2012

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SunGard has identified ten trends shaping the industry in 2012 as insurance companies look to capitalize on change through transparency, efficiency and networks.

Don Canning, vice president of SunGard’s insurance business, said, “Changes in demographics, competition and regulation are driving insurance companies to get more aggressive about improving service quality while reducing cost. Platforms that consolidate data and workflows, provide end-to-end policy administration, and expand analytics and actuarial modeling will help insurers achieve these goals. In addition, a 360 degree view of enterprise-wide risk management will help insurance companies better manage risk and compliance, improve returns and modernize their operations.”

SunGard has identified ten trends shaping the industry in 2012 as insurance companies look to capitalize on change through transparency, efficiency and networks. They are:

1.    Actuaries are embracing faster and more efficient asset liability management models and analyses to help improve risk management.

2.    Insurers are streamlining and enhancing core administration processes with new software solutions that use business rules to create new policy type products that get to market faster.

3.    Healthcare payers are preparing for the uncertainties of healthcare reform by investing in analytical and workflow tools to help increase claims processing efficiencies.

4.    Regulations are placing greater emphasis on governance, risk transparency and compliance, causing insurers to increase their investment in enterprise risk management frameworks.

5.    Expected increases in regulatory reporting requirements means insurers will need to better interconnect financial data, measure contributors to performance, and generate real-time investment and accounting information.

6.    Insurers are using business intelligence to leverage “big data” to help them estimate claims, assets, credit and market data, and gain deeper insights across networks of producers, policy holders and operations.

7.    Consumerization of technology is driving insurers to enhance product and service delivery by streamlining the back office and providing ubiquitous access to information through Web, voice and mobile channels.

8.    Cost constraints, competitive pressures and time-to-market requirements are driving more carriers to embrace cloud technology to help reduce total cost of ownership and accelerate the delivery of new products and services.

9.    Regulatory reform is driving insurers to consolidate information from multiple functional and business lines in order to increase transparency around business workflows and improve auditability across the enterprise.

10.    The effects of global regulations such as SOX, GLB, and Solvency II are driving multi-national carriers to increase their focus on controlling systemic liability risks and improving transparency by consolidating data from many lines of business and ramping up analytics.

Clark Troy, research director for Aite Group’s insurance practice, said, “For all lines of business in insurance in 2012, much hinges on political and economic developments and their impact on regulations and markets. In addition, analytics and “big data” will continue to proliferate across the insurance world for three simple reasons: There’s more and better data coming available; data toolkits continue to evolve; and participants across the insurance ecosystem are getting better at making use of the various types of data available. This year will also usher in further platform consolidation, reliance on fewer core system vendors, and further integration of core systems.”

About SunGard’s iWorks
SunGard’s iWorks is a business-driven IT product suite for the insurance industry in each of the following major business lines: life/health/annuities/pensions, property and casualty and reinsurance. iWorks offers a range of products and services including front-office tools, policy administration, reinsurance, actuarial calculations, financial accounting, investment accounting, and reporting. SunGard partners with customers to deliver products and services that align with changing business and regulatory needs.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies. SunGard has more than 17,000 employees and serves approximately 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With annual revenue of about $4.5 billion, SunGard is the largest privately held software and services company and was ranked 434 on the Fortune 500 in 2011. Look for us wherever the mission is critical. For more information, visit

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