Excellence Implemented: An Analysis of Four Years of Model Insurer Submissions

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24 August 2015
Karen Monks and Michael Fitzgerald


A detailed analysis of insurers’ submissions from 2012 through 2015 reveals that digital/omnichannel and core system transformation projects dominated IT agendas. Additionally, an overwhelming majority of projects were improvements to current processes.

Since Celent’s Model Insurer program started nine years ago, Celent has identified Model Insurers by looking at best practices in the use of technology across various areas of the industry — whether in components of the product and policyholder lifecycle or in theme areas such as digital, innovation, or legacy transformation. These areas were illustrated by case studies of specific initiatives and capabilities, selected from the many submissions received and presented in our annual Model Insurer reports.

This report looks at the past four years of Model Insurer submissions as a representation of how technology is changing the insurance industry. The analysis in this report is based on the nearly 370 submissions to the Model Insurer and Model Insurer Asia award programs from 2012 to 2015.

Celent recommends that readers use the findings in this report to benchmark their company against the industry in terms of innovation, digital, data analysis, and legacy transformation.

“Over one-third of projects were for efficiency and expense reduction goals,” says Karen Monks, an analyst with Celent’s Insurance practice and coauthor of the report. “These projects were driven primarily by the substantial activity in core system replacement. This somewhat surprised us, since we thought a lot of this activity was already finished.”

“Projects seeking to improve current processes dominate,” adds Mike Fitzgerald, a senior analyst with Celent’s Insurance practice and coauthor of the report. “Going forward, we expect innovative and disruptive initiatives to increase as a percentage of the overall effort.”

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Report Type
Case studies, Industry Trends, Technology trends, Vendor landscape
Special Interest
Innovation & Emerging Technology