Can the Financial Services Industry Take Their Data to the Bank?

By: Colin Kerr, Industry Solutions Director, Worldwide Fnancial Services sector at Microsoft Last week I had the chance to travel to New York City for an executive briefing on big data. In the financial services industry, we know that data is the business. Market volatility and regulatory demands are making data more strategic than ever…

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Deliver Data Insights to the Shopping Carts of Retailers

BY: Tracy Issel, General Manager, Worldwide Retail, Consumer Goods, Hospitality & Travel at Microsoft As consumers, we’re all familiar with the experience of walking out of a fitting room in an apparel store with a pile of clothes left behind. The “abandoned cart” where items are left in a shopping cart but never purchased has…

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Industrializing Insurance – Milliman

By: Cindy Saccocia, Director, Sales & Marketing, Integrate.  The increasing regulatory and competitive challenges facing life insurance companies, compounded by out-dated computing platforms and inefficient workflows, present an opportunity for insurers to rethink their actuarial modelling and financial reporting.  Three paths present themselves. Maintain status quo.  This is clearly the safe route but with a number…

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Insurance and Risk Management: Why the Cloud, and Why Now.

By: James J. Jockle, Chief Marketing Officer, Numerix Insurance companies are taking a hard look at their portfolios – de-risking guarantees that have proved unsustainable, and creating new products that offer the types of guarantees and retirement solutions today’s consumers are looking for.   While challenges in the Variable Annuity market have put a dark cloud…

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Getting Data Smart: The Insurance Policy for the Insurance Industry

By: Tony Jacob, Managing Director, Worldwide Insurance at Microsoft I’m looking forward to the annual IASA Conference in Indianapolis this week, where we’ll be meeting senior business and IT leaders from the insurance industry to discuss how cloud and big data technologies can enable them to better identify risk, drive innovation and increase speed to market…

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Looking Beyond … To the Connected Customer Experience

By: Jim DeMarco, CTO, Redknee  I find it appropriate that the title of this year’s Telemanagement Forum in Nice, France is “TM Forum Live!”  It’s not because previous ones were dead, I assure you.  Rather, it’s that everything in telecommunications has gone live-time.  Long-planned, carefully scripted marketing campaigns and customer business operations for Communications Service Providers…

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From Data Exhaust to Data Insight—the Journey ahead for Telcos

By: Rick Lievano, Worldwide Director of Industry Technology Strategy for the Microsoft Telecommunications Sector We’re at TM Forum Live! in Nice, France this week talking about topical issues of interest to Telcos who are reinventing their businesses to become digital service providers—among them, big data. More so than any other industry, data lives at the heart of…

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