June 7, 2011 – Insurers acknowledge that outmoded infrastructure is limiting business agility a new study by Oracle Insurance and Insurance Networking News finds.

The study, which queried of 421 insurance C-level and senior executives, IT professionals and line of business managers, assessed the organizational priorities for insurers, their effectiveness in priority areas, and the role that IT plays in helping and hindering their initiatives.

The ongoing challenge of modernizing legacy systems was apparent in the results with 61 percent of respondents indicating that they could deliver more efficient and faster service if they were not limited by their current IT environment. Indeed, respondents, when rating their company’s effectiveness, scored their organizations lowest in areas that require significant agility such as delivering new products to market, improving the efficiency of customer service, expanding and optimizing distribution channels and streamlining policy processing.  

The numbers indicated that speed-to-market is a primary victim of legacy systems, with 31 percent of respondents saying they would introduce new products quarterly if technology limitations were not holding them back, and 23 percent indicating that annual releases would be their ideal. Conversely, aged technology seems to have the least impact on managing business risk, with 72 percent of respondents rating their organization as either very effective or highly effective in this area.

"The Oracle and Insurance Networking News study provides statistical validation of what we’ve been hearing from our customers since the launch of Oracle Insurance,” said Chuck Johnston, VP, Industry Strategy, Oracle Insurance. “This research underscores the challenges that insurers continue to face with legacy technologies, and highlights the areas in which insurance companies feel they could do better, if only they had the right technology in place.”

This story originally appeared on Insurance Networking News.

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