The promises of increased agility, lower operational costs, flexible computing capacity and freedom from technical constraints are enticing more insurers to accelerate their journeys to adopt cloud services. As providers of an intangible service, insurers are ideal candidates to embrace cloud-based deployment. An October 2010 study conducted by Novarica found that "cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions are more than just the latest buzz. Carriers that have invested [in these offerings] are seeing real benefits."

But many insurers are still on the threshold, held back by questions such as: Where do we start? Where can cloud provide the most impact? Can cloud computing meet our security, compliance and performance standards? How do we prepare our systems and integrate cloud with our current environment?

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