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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on June 11, 2019

Creating analytics without data is like making bricks without straw

“Making bricks without straw” is an expression that comes from The Holy Scriptures. The Israelites needed straw to make bricks. If the Israelites had very little or no straw, they still had to make bricks. If you watch the film The Ten Commandments, you know which scene I’m talking about.

If you ‘make bricks without straw,’ you try to achieve something without resources that are needed to do it. —the free dictionary.

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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on May 21, 2019

Three ways analytics can transform your brokerage

When it comes to generating analytic insights, data feeds the beast. You cannot have analytics without data. Commercial insurance brokers collect huge amounts of data and many of them have been doing it for years, maybe even decades.

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Posted by Steve Pieroway on March 25, 2019

How we fell to the level of our system (and recovered)

“We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” ― Archilochus

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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on October 30, 2018

Moving towards a commercial management system? Here’s three things to consider.

If you’ve attended any broker conventions recently, it’s impossible not to notice one thing. More and more startups are coming onto the scene. Once upon a time, all the technology vendors could fit into one aisle. Now there’s:

  • Broker management systems
  • Commercial management systems
  • Digital platforms
  • All-in-one solutions that do it all (whether you need it or not)

and the list goes on.

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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on October 17, 2018

Do broker portals belong on the 7½ floor?

So, where’s the 7½ floor, you ask?

If you’ve seen the ground-breaking, classic film Being John Malkovich, that’s where the portal into John Malkovich’s mind was located. On the 7½ floor of an office building—with very low ceilings and hunched-over workers.

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Posted by Debbie Summers on November 28, 2017

Are you on the copy and paste merry-go-round?

Most insurance brokers I talk to use Microsoft Office®, namely Microsoft Word. It’s an excellent tool, it was used to write this blog. Did you know MS Word has been around for over 25 years? Even if your brokerage started using it in 1997, that means you have 20 years of data stored on assorted Word documents.

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Posted by Steve Pieroway on November 21, 2017

Codify your commercial lines knowledge with this one vital thing

Think back to the whisper game you probably played as a kid. You know the game: a group of you would sit in a circle and one person would start by whispering a sentence in the person’s ear next to them. Then one-by-one, each person would whisper the sentence they heard to the person next to them.

The most common result? The sentence that made it back to the person who started the game was nothing like original one.

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Posted by Kathleen Kotchon on November 2, 2017

5 Tips for Using the Lloyd’s Lineage Portal More Efficiently

Lloyd's Lineage is an online portal used for the reporting and settlement of Canadian binding authority business that also generates reports for regulatory reporting.

Even though the portal is used for many things like accounting and claims settlement, Policy Works focuses on uploading commercial insurance transaction data (batches) generated by brokers and MGAs to the portal. Policy Works has been uploading data to the Lloyd’s Lineage portal for over a decade. Lorin McCaffrey, Director of Product Development at Policy Works, shares a few tips and tricks that will help ensure your batches upload smoothly.

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Posted by Crystal O'Hara on August 25, 2017

What is a Best of Breed System?

Has technology gone to the dogs?

During the month of February, the most famous dog show in the world takes place at the Westminster Kennel Club. I’m sure you’ve seen it on TV or heard about it on the news. One of the judging criteria is called “Best of Breed,” where an animal is judged as the best in its breed category.

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Posted by Pier Luc Laurin on February 21, 2017

How assembling a barbeque is like purchasing software (with less drama)

If you’ve assembled a barbeque with your partner, then you’ve probably quarreled over assembly instructions. A dispute over putting a barbeque together usually goes like this:

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