Off-line vs Real-Time Analytics: Where is the Industry Heading?

Financial institutions are demanding real-time analytics at their point of customer interactions. For years, we have been advising our clients to connect their front-end customer facing systems with real-time pricing analytical capabilities, or at least lay the foundations to enable this capability in the near future. According to Gartner Research (1) “Between 2016 and 2019,…

Are You Making these 7 Mistakes When Deploying Your Models?

I am always excited to see more organizations wanting to use analytical models at the center of their business processes. Like most things in life, the road to success is not straight; sometimes there are a few road bumps to navigate. The same is true for integrating models into the production environment. For instance, even…

Is Machine Learning a Threat to the Actuarial Profession?

Man vs. Machine: 10 years ago, I would never have guessed that I would be writing about this topic with such serious concern. Yet, some people are predicting that machine learning technology will produce a jobless future for certain professions, including actuaries. And with news headlines like “Google’s AlphaGo AI beats Lee Sedol again to…

Conversion & Retention Modeling Done Right: The Four Keys to Success

These days, many industries are spending millions of dollars in research to achieve their customer-centric goals. The insurance industry is no different. Insurers are continually raising the analytical bar to gain a better understanding of their customers. Being able to accurately predict consumer behavior is the key to being a step ahead of the competition.…

A Solid Analytical Solution: Analytical Sophistication

For financial services organizations as well as insurers, analytical sophistication continues to increase in importance as margins continue to shrink. With minimal margins on the majority of products and services, extracting insight from data using analytics is crucial to meeting company objectives. In this third post of a three-part series, we will look at what…

Xperts Hackathon Gives Hands-on Insight into the Future of Pricing Analytics

Agility and an understanding of the business environment has helped a team from the UK to win the first Xperts Analytics Hackathon, held in London. The Hackathon brought together teams of insurance data analysts from across Europe to compete in a real-world insurance simulation contest. Throughout the game, the winners kept a well-adjusted portfolio that…

How to Transform Your Models into a Fully-integrated Analytics System

More than ever before, financial service organizations are using analytical models to power their core business processes. Ever-higher customer expectations together with new market players are some of the drivers that are responsible for accelerating the pace of change in the market. This calls for business decision makers to react quickly if they are to…

Analytics Hackathon – A New Way for Insurance Analysts to Sharpen Skills

The insurance market has never been faced with so many new technologies, bringing with it increased opportunities to leverage analytics in the industry. Yet, for many insurance professionals, keeping pace in this very dynamic market is challenging, which is why Earnix is staging its Xperts Analytics Hackathon in London at the end of February. The…

A Solid Analytical Solution: Operational Excellence

Over the last month or so, I have read numerous blogs that deal with forward-looking trends for 2017. While each blog has its angle, one cannot miss the huge role being placed on data analysis and analytics. As such, at the end of last year I started a three-part blog series around what it takes…

Using Conversion & Retention Modeling Can Improve Business Results

Insurance companies are well-known for investing their resources in GLM loss modelling. They have become so mainstream you’d be hard-pressed to find an actuary without any experience building them. In fact, nowadays, bigger companies even use their interns to keep these models updated. Although not all companies are developing or leveraging these models the same…