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[TAI Newsletter] Q3 2015 Updates and the TAI Summer Reading List

July 17, 2015 / Quarterly Newsletter


Greetings and Happy Summer!  In this quarterly newsletter we highlight our recent accomplishments, share news of our latest activities, and end with the TAI Summer Reading List, a feature that reminds us all of the importance and timelessness of disengaging, stepping away, and getting lost in a good book.  If you are like me, and many of my TAI colleagues, some of your best ideas arrive when you least expect it, or when you allow yourself -- as LOGiQ3, our joint venture parent would say -- the Freedom to Think!

TAI Sponsors CIC - Caribbean Insurance Conference

As part of our strategic goal to expand internationally and into the Caribbean nations, this year TAI sponsored the Caribbean Insurance Conference, an event hosted by the Insurance Association of the Caribbean and in partnership with LIMRA and LOMA.  This event is the premier event for insurance professionals in the region, and proved to be a great educational and networking opportunity with over 450 delegates representing 280 companies in 35 countries.  With a focus on future thinking and driving industry change, it was great validation for us to hear of systemic challenges where TAI technology and innovation can play a role.

Joint Venture Integration

In the second quarter we also saw a significant step forward in our integration activities.  To be more precise we:

  •   Established a working international model that leverages msg global’s worldwide presence to support international clients on a local country level.
  •   Engaged existing clients on the value of complementary services from TAI and LOGiQ3's reinsurance administration outsourcing business. 
  •   Streamlined internal operations for functions such as IT, Finance, and HR -- freeing up employee capacity to focus on clients.
  •   Established the TAI Performance Methodology, a delivery process for client implementations that yields predictable outcomes and quality results.
  •   Formalized the creation of the TAP Program, our platform for client communication going forward, be sure to sign up if you haven't!

TAI Product Innovations

I am excited to announce the kickoff for TAI Insights, focused on early-stage planning, proof-of-concept, and discovery.  TAI Connector is expected to start early this quarter.  The Product Development team is ramping up staff and getting organized using Agile and SCRUM project methods.  For our TAP Program customers, we encourage you to complete the TAI Product Innovation Survey, your first of many opportunities to submit your ideas into the creative process.


TAI Summer Reading List

Finally, as we welcome in the dog days of summer, it’s important to recognize Mother Nature, and the summer season that unifies us all.  Summer is a terrific and beautiful time.  Time off, time with family, time to take stock of who, where, and what we are.  It’s a fleeting season from the moment it starts.  If you blink you might miss it, so get out there and relax with a good book (or Kindle). 

Now without further ado, I give you the TAI Summer Reading List, a collection of staff picks perfect for the hammock or the beach chair.

Title: Empire of the Summer Moon
Author: SC Gwynne
Brief: A stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all.

Who’s reading: Tom Freitas, CEO

Title: Behind the Cloud
Author: Marc Benioff
Brief:  The untold story of how salesforce.com went from an idea to a billion-dollar company and revolutionized an industry.

Who’s reading:  Mitch Ocampo, EVP

Title: Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Author:  Michael Lewis
Brief:  A small group of Wall Street iconoclasts realize the US stock market is rigged to benefit insiders.  They band together to investigate, expose, and reform. If you have any contact with the market, this story is happening to you.

Who’s reading:  Steve Jerger, CTO

Title: Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Brief: From the author of The Black Swan, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.

Who’s reading:  Pete Murphy, Senior Systems Analyst

Title: Rework
Author: Jason Fried
Brief: With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, Rework is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.

Who’s reading: Eric Seitz, Senior Software Developer

Title: The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Steven King
Author: Steven King
Brief: A one-volume collection of “Rage”, “The Long Walk”, “Roadwork”, and “The Running Man”

Who’s reading: Bill Ruppenthal, Senior Systems Analyst

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Brief: Everyday, Rachel rattles down the same commuter track, flashes past suburban homes and watches the same couple breakfasting on their deck.  And then one morning she sees something shocking.  Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes entwined in the lives of everyone involved.  

Who’s reading: Pat Cronquist, Senior Systems Analyst

Title: Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin
Author:  Daniel James Brown
Brief: Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times- the account of how nine working class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Berlin Olympics what true grit really means.

Who’s reading: Laura Rawlins, Senior Business Analyst

Title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Brief:  Nella’s world changes when she receives an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of her home.  To furnish she engages the services of a miniaturist- an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror her real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

Who’s reading:  Patrice Mendala, Senior Business Analyst

Other Summer Notables:

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On behalf of the team, I sincerely hope you enjoy your summer.

Best Regards,


TAI TAP Program
Written by
Mitch Ocampo