Can you imagine a world where the open ecosystem dream is a reality? A world where our collective insurance platforms talk to each other. A world where the industry moves faster and better by working together. Oasis and Simplitium along with a host of others, including SpatialKey, are on this path. While it feels idealistic, it is possible. Making data more portable between platforms—interoperability—is not something novel. It’s just fundamental and increasingly vital for long-term survival whether you’re a re/insurer, broker, MGA, or solutions provider. We all have a stake in this conversation, and a responsibility to move our industry forward.
I’ve worked in the insurance industry for nearly 20 years, and I’ve (mostly) been pleased with how the industry collaborates, working together to solve problems and serve the global economy. As former Willis Re CEO, John Cavanagh, said in an interview with Insurance Thought Leadership, “Nothing flies, floats or gets built without insurance….Insurance plays a significant role in society and we need to protect that.” Indeed, the insurance industry is a small world that plays a big role in protecting society at large.
If you’ve got your eyes set on technology that won’t move the needle this year, it’s time to reevaluate what can provide bottom line results in the short term. AI and machine learning will have their day in commercial insurance. But what are you doing today to drive tangible business results? InsurTech does not have to be a “pie in the sky” endeavor. It can be deployed right now.
Alpe d’Huez is a legendary climb, world-renown by cyclists. A relentless 8.5 miles with 21 hairpin bends and 8.1 percent gradient, it’s been a stage that can make or break the Tour de France for riders. But, it’s not included in every Tour. This epic climb only comes once in awhile. And, what’s important about it is the decisiveness of Alpe d’Huez in determining the overall leaders. Historically, the winner of the entire Tour has often been in the yellow leader jersey following the Alpe d'Huez stage. Meaning, how riders compete on this one stage is critical in determining the outcome of the entire race.
With the rise of InsurTech, the new world of insurance is indeed a playing field—players jockeying for positions, making plays, aligning their teams, and acquiring new ones. Then, there are those who aren’t really sure what position they’re supposed to be playing. For these reasons and more, the sports world is relevant to the present state of InsurTech—it requires a game plan and guts. You can either stay on the bench and watch it unfold, or get in the game and start making plays.
At industry events I generally come away invigorated by my conversations with clients and prospects. This year, however, the energy has been a bit different. That energy has had more urgency and emotion behind it. It’s clear the unprecedented events of 2017 took a toll on people, and there’s a compelling need to do something about it (especially with the 2018 hurricane season just around the corner).
As an underwriter, you’re already data driven. But, how data informed are you? To effectively compete, insurers—and underwriters in particular—will need new and innovative sources of external data, alongside advanced analytics, to inform underwriting strategy and put that strategy into practice at the point of sale.
With SpatialKey, insurers can quickly assess their potential exposure to the recent snowstorm in the Buffalo, NY area on November 21st. With increasing concern of potential roof collapse and flooding due to rising temperatures in the coming days, insurers want to be adequately prepared to respond to this unprecedented snowfall.
Last week, we announced our partnership with KatRisk LLC to deliver an innovative U.S. flood solution. Re/insurers can now easily identify and monitor portfolio flood accumulations and optimize risk selection at the point of sale.
This solution is delivered in the new SpatialKey Flood Analyst app and further extends the value of the Flood Underwriting app.