There is an old saying that ‘Everyone is a rookie at least once’. For me, that’s exactly what I was last month when I attended my first RAPA Conference. Set against the backdrop of beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, we spent 2+ days exploring reinsurance topics ranging from data quality, client audits, post level term, and ending the final day with breakout sessions on best practices and lessons learned from our shared community of experts. I sat on a discussion panel with LOGiQ3's Brittainy Pratt, who has also shared her insights. What follows are some thoughts and reflections from that great event, in no particular order, from the perspective of a RAPA rookie:
Your company is in the business of reinsurance. You deal with mounds of data every day. You've turned to a professional reinsurance software to manage your reinsurance business process and it has been smooth sailing ever since. Today, the current regulatory and security environment is demanding increased protection for data centers and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – which means it is time to consider an upgrade. From the calm skies above come the solutions of cloud services. To keep up with best practices, cloud solutions are the next step in streamlining customer implementation, speeding up the conversion process, and allow for smoother future upgrades. The cloud is the result of the progress of existing technologies, it aims to help users focus on their core business and leverages the product expert in the implementation process.
Being completely new to the concept of reinsurance, I only knew that reinsurance is insurance for insurance companies, but it was after joining LOGiQ3 was I able to understand the concept of one insurer ceding part or all of its own risk on a policy or group of policies to one or more reinsurers in a little more detail. However, reinsurance is a vast concept and can be overwhelming when exposed to all at once. As a reinsurance analyst, I very quickly learnt, that to fully understand and grasp the bigger picture, I had to understand the very basics of reinsurance first. So what is this basic information that I recommend you know if you’re new to reinsurance and reinsurance administration? Here it is:
It's been nearly a month since the TAI User Group meeting. We've been actively seeking feedback from attendees on how we can provide a greater and better experience to you in 2016! In the meantime, I've taken the opportunity to curate a list of top 10 highlights from the TAI team from this year's meeting. If you didn't get a chance to join us this year, be sure to check out our own version of David Letterman's Top 10 to see what you missed!
As a software provider, it is essential for TAI to stay up-to-date on the latest technology provided by the industry. We need to be far ahead of our clients in terms of technology adoption not only so that we can provide the adequate support for our products, but also think of new, innovative product ideas to bring to the market. If you haven’t already heard, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14th, 2015. What does that mean for TAI clients? While your applications can still run on Server 2003, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates or provide technical assistance, which can leave you vulnerable to system attacks or incompatibility issues down the road.