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…

11 Best Practices for Building a Successful Production System

For us data scientists, the benefit of using statistical modeling and optimization techniques for our business is clear. Although we spend our days coding in SQL, python, R or other frameworks and our models are a software code or some nice mathematical function, our aim is to use sophisticated statistical models to analyze our business…

A Solid Analytical Solution: What Matters Most?

Insurers and financial services organizations are constantly looking at how best to put predictive and prescriptive analytics to use inside of their organizations. In this day and age of so many different flavors and varieties of analytical platforms, it can be challenging for buyers inside of financial services and insurance organizations to fully understand the…

Earnix Summit 2016: Customer Centricity in a Rapidly Changing Industry

As financial leaders, we are privileged and challenged to live in the most exciting times in the history of the financial services industry. With disruptive technologies entering the market place, the industry is changing at a phenomenal rate and this was highlighted time and again throughout the 5th Earnix Pricing and Innovation Summit that was…

The Search For Love, Happiness And Purpose In A World of Technology and Data

I think we can all agree that insurance isn’t the most romantic industry. I certainly didn’t imagine myself working in it. But in fact, insurance is one of the key pillars of a functioning society under capitalism. It’s a crucial tenet of our economy – but for the most part, the industry remains stuck in…

What Makes Financial Executives Step Out Of The Office?

Many financial leaders are struggling with digital and data transformations. Day to day dynamics often leave executives confined by a limited set of ideas accepted by their organizations. Attempts to “ask around” or “learn from the best” in order to become innovative are easier said than done. The fact is that there is no better…

Strategic Analytics – Power to the People!

I can’t seem to resist clicking on those ubiquitous “Buzzwords You Should Stop Using Now” lists. Maybe it’s because they’re always good for a few laughs as well as some much-needed conviction. Unfortunately, I see the term “strategic analytics” – or strategic anything – appearing on these lists all too frequently. But rather than retire…

Two Crucial Tips For Becoming A Customer-Centric Insurer

I have been talking about the customer-centric insurer for a long time now. In my previous blog, I discussed what being a truly customer-centric organization really means. To succeed in today’s insurance industry, it’s imperative to know and understand what the customer requires in order to make appropriate decisions. As consumer expectations rise, insurers are…

How to build a category-leading FinTech company: 10 Insights from a FinTech veteran

As someone who has been living and breathing FinTech for the past decade in Israel’s blossoming FinTech industry – now considered to be among the world’s leading hubs for FinTech innovation – I have come to understand firsthand the challenges that face Israeli FinTech companies (and FinTech companies in general) and how it’s best to…