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Webcast: Transforming Core Insurance Solutions: What Does the Future Hold?

by SAPJun 04, 2014

What will the model insurance company look like five years from now? Ten years from now? How will insurance customers change? How will a global insurance practice operate? The pace of technology innovation within the insurance industry is significant, with potentially game-changing technologies such as digital, cloud, big data and telematics gaining prominence. But a carrier’s ability to implement and capitalize on these new technologies is only as good as its ability to fully integrate them with core applications and business processes.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

  • Rethink build vs. buy – new options for core modernization.
  • Understand the impact of omnichannel distribution and engagement.
  • Consider new approaches to infrastructure – assessing the opportunities and potential risks.
  • Factor in IT consumerization and customer experience considerations – going beyond the buzzwords.

Join this forward-looking webinar to get a peek into the future of insurance operations and what the implications of these trends could be for your organization. The session will be led by Insurance & Technology Editorial Director Kathy Burger, with panelists Jamie Macgregor, London-based Senior Vice President of Celent’s Insurance practice, and Ross Orrett, Global Head of Insurance Industry Innovation and Development at SAP.

Webcast: In-Memory Meets Big Data: How Much Speed Do You Need?

by SAPMay 22, 2014

Databases and big-data platforms that can take advantage of lots of memory really do deliver the fastest data-analysis speeds available. That’s enticing to companies struggling with high-scale online transactions or in need of timely analysis of customer behavior. For now, disk-based storage is still the enterprise standard, but the price of RAM is declining steadily. The ongoing question for practitioners will be, “how much speed do you need?”

Attend this webinar to get the following questions answered:

  • What qualifies as big data, and what are the options for in-memory data analysis?
  • How are memory standards changing in the data warehousing arena?
  • How are NoSQL and NewSQL vendors exploiting memory?
  • What qualifies as an in-memory database, and how are they being used?
  • How will in-memory technology play in the world of Hadoop?

In the big data arena, high-scale NoSQL and NewSQL database vendors are increasingly exploiting RAM, and at the extremes, in-memory databases are tackling real-time offers and gaming. In the world of Hadoop, the Spark framework has emerged for memory-intensive machine learning, modeling work, and even streaming data analysis. Register for this webinar and learn when these in-memory options may make sense for you.

Whitepaper: Achieving Customer Centricity in Retail Banks

by SAPFeb 04, 2014

The banking industry is witnessing a permanent shift in consumer expectations around their banking relationships. Mobility and social media are creating a new marketplace where consumers expect anytime, anywhere access, with a high level of service and a strong interaction experience. However, most banks are ill-prepared to cope with these growing demands. The move towards customer-centricity has for the most part been a half-hearted one, and banks struggle to provide true multi-channel interaction at the front-end with a consistent customer experience. Banks should embrace mobile banking now to address immediate demands, while look to embed real-time analytics into front-office processes to enable stronger decision-making and higher service levels.

Whitepaper: Banks Betting on Big Data and Real Time Insights

by SAPFeb 04, 2014

According to a summer 2013 survey by Bloomberg Businessweek Research Services (BBRS) of banking executives around the world, more than 70 percent say customer centricity is very important to them. Among other attributes, they cite customer centricity as key to helping staff better understand customer profitability. Bankers also see it as the doorway to providing customers with a consistent and personalized experience.

Whitepaper: How To Make Consumers Love Their Banks

by SAPFeb 04, 2014

Today's retail banks are run for bankers, with a focus on processing transactions and containing risk. Of course, that means that banks have reaped what they've sown. To consumers, a bank is little more than a place for storing and transferring money. That perception mattered little until recently, when Internet-only banks, mobile payment services, and nonbank transaction providers like Google Wallet and PayPal began eating into banks' core transaction business.

Whitepaper: Dynamic Relationship Pricing Increases Wallet Share

by SAPFeb 04, 2014

As retail banks look for ways to improve earnings, customers have become an ever greater part of their business strategies. Changes in distribution channels, technology and customer demands thus require customer-centric business solutions. With pricing differentiation key to profitability, dynamic relationship pricing offers an important path to customer centricity.

Whitepaper: SAP Circular Authority

by SAPJan 23, 2014

SAP Circular Authority for Insurance enables easy tracking and analysis of ISO Circulars in the Cloud. Insurance carriers can improve speed to market and reduce the effort required to analyze and interpret ISO circulars, which represents 32% of the of the overall circular adoption effort. SAP Circular Authority cloud-based solution also supports improved quality and compliance of an insurer's ISO-based products. Content is interpreted by ISO, delivered electronically, and presented in a business-friendly way. The overall result is improved compliance, reduced state fines, better legal protection and more accurate pricing.

To learn more, download this SMA Viewpoint, with Karen Furtado's review and analysis of SAP's latest Cloud-based insurance offering

Webcast: Achieving Consistent Pricing Analytics for Disparate Users on a Single Version of The Truth

by SAPDec 12, 2013

Organizations are struggling to perform consistent analysis on consistent data along the trade lifecycle. Part of this problem stems from the fragmented and silo'd approach that firms were forced to implement to support the analytical requirements of multiple user communities in, for example, front office and middle office. As a result, many business users were left to acquire, or develop, their own solution to pricing securities. The problem is that these environments have different requirements and different perspectives.

As a result of the increased regulation around pre-trade risk checks, on-demand risk aggregation and pricing of assets required by Dodd Frank, Basel II and BCBS239 amongst others firms are being forced to look at how they can harmonize and at the same time simplify their approach to valuing an asset along the trade lifecycle.

This webcast will discuss how firms can remove potential errors and delays in performing analytics through a more integrated and collaborative approach to developing the pricing models needed for each user community. This approach gives firms the opportunity to create an integrated, multi-asset, multi-counterparty trade repository, updated in real-time that allow front and middle office to develop, model and execute their specific analytics on a single version of the truth.

Webcast: Risk in High Definition: The Changing Relationship of Risk and Speed

by SAPNov 22, 2013

Financial institutions need to move beyond their existing enterprise risk management practices in order to remain competitive. Recent technology advances have resulted in a new enterprise risk paradigm that has shifted the relationship between risk's great levelers - speed, time and complexity. These advances have enabled a capability called Risk in HD (High Definition) where enterprise risk can be calculated in near real-time.

Join the experts from Tabb Group, SAP and Wall Street & Technology for this one hour web seminar to learn about Risk in High Definition (HD) and how market leaders are taking advantage of the unparalleled insights it gives into macro and micro levels of risk.

During this web seminar we will discuss:

  • The current state of risk management and where it's heading
  • How capital markets organizations are approaching risk in new ways
  • Game-changing advances in storage and optimized database technologies that have altered the relationship of speed, time and complexity in enterprise risk management
  • How Risk in HD can be leveraged to gain complete transparency in real-time across a broad spectrum of enterprise-related areas including valuations, liquidity and counterparty exposure

Webcast: Insurers in the Cloud

by SAPOct 11, 2013

To enable insurers to quickly offer the right insurance offerings to clients while helping reduce complexity of regulatory compliance, SAP has announced the market’s first cloud-based solution for tracking and analyzing Insurance Service Office (ISO) Circulars. The SAP Circular Authority for Insurance solution aims to help insurers track circular changes, plan for their implementation, analyze the potential impact on company products and record adoption decisions.

Join this webinar and learn how you can:

  • Track changes and decisions – Function that enables insurers to document the decisions that are made relative to each individual circular, and allows insurers to capture information about acceptance, rejection, and/or company deviations
  • Analysis and specification development – Capabilities that give insurers the support needed to develop specification documents that can then be used to implement changes, and a way to add notes and comments about all aspects of the regulatory change
  • Search and filter capabilities – Solution power that provides insurers with the ability to rapidly retrieve information from within the