Celent Insurance Peer Networking Event: Evolving Cloud Computing & Legacy Modernization Strategies

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26 August 2011
Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Company, 1100 Locust St., Auditorium Room, Des Moines, IA 50391-0400, , Enter on the 2nd Floor (Skywalk) Guard Station., Des Moines, IA


Friday, August 26, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CDT


Allied Insurance, a Nationwide Company
1100 Locust St., Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50391-0400

Parking will be located in the parking ramp. To have your parking validated, please bring your parking ticket into the building and the security guard at the front desk will assist.



Email insuranceevents@celent.com with the subject line “Celent August 26 Peer Networking Event.” Please include your name, title, company, phone number, and email address in the message.

The challenges surrounding legacy modernization and the opportunities presented by cloud computing are critical to insurers. Service model evolution, product innovation and improved speed to market, while addressing cost concerns, are worthy goals to pursue. However, are today’s tools up to the task?

Join Celent and your IT strategist peers at this exclusive, invitation-only Celent event to explore the current state of legacy modernization, and the current thinking around the Cloud. This highly interactive discussion, driven by real-world examples presented as whiteboard sessions, will help you reality check your current thinking and bring new perspectives into focus.

This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with your peers in a confidential, carrier-only forum, with an emphasis on information sharing and idea exchange.

Registration is free for qualified attendees, but space is limited.

For more information, please contact Matt Joseph at +1.617.262.8224 or mjoseph@celent.com.


8:30 - 9:00

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 - 9:15

Craig Weber, Senior Vice President, Celent’s Insurance Group

9:15 - 10:00

Core Systems Modernization
Mike Fitzgerald, Senior Analyst, Celent’s Insurance Group

10:00 - 10:30


10:30 – noon

Core Systems Modernization Panel Discussion
Moderated by Mike Fitzgerald, Senior Analyst, Celent’s Insurance Group
Dan Drabenstot, Principal Enterprise Architect, Mutual of Omaha
Ben Moreland, Senior Analyst, Celent
Ray Wasilewski, Vice President Technology, FBL Financial Group, Inc.

noon - 1:00


1:00 - 2:30

Cloud Strategies for the Real World: An Interactive Discussion
Vijay Gopal, Enterprise Chief Architect, Nationwide
Ram Rao, Commercial and Specialty CTO, Allied Insurance

2:30 - 3:00

Concluding Thoughts
Mike Fitzgerald, Senior Analyst, Celent’s Insurance Group

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