This week, INN editors traveled to Las Vegas for the 2013 ACORD LOMA Forum, here's a collection of our coverage from throughout the week:

9 Vendors, 6 Insurers Receive VIP Awards

Guidewire, IBM, Vertafore, AXA Global Direct – Avanssur, Zurich North America are just a few of the companies taking home Vanguards in Insurance Practices awards.

7 Success Factors of a Social Business Strategy

Charlene Li, founder of advisory firm Altimeter Group, took to the stage at ACORD LOMA in Las Vegas this week to discuss social media and how it can play a part in many parts of an enterprise.

Analysts Differ on What the Biggest IT Challenge is for Insurers

Gartner’s Harris-Ferrante, Celent’s Johnston and Novarica’s Josefowicz discussed and debated the changing insurance landscape, and suggested strategies and tactics for insurers.


SILA and ACORD Announce New Custom Standards Form

Producer Information Form designed to consolidate the carrier-specific forms used currently and make the process more efficient.


MphasiS Launches Insurance Billing Solution

Billing as a Service is designed to enable carriers to reduce billing costs, accelerate operational efficiency.


Xuber Launches Analytics Tool

Xuber Analytics designed to enable mobile use, personalized dashboards.


Imperial Fire & Casualty Selects Jarus’ Mobile Self-Servicing App

Insurer will customize and brand the mobile app while integrating it with their core back-end systems using existing Web services.


Guidewire Releases New Apps for InsuranceSuite

ViewPoint and Claim Canvas are cloud-based apps designed to be implemented within days by insurers with Guidewire software.


UNIT4 Partners with Amazon to Expand Cloud Capabilities

Amazon provides compliant expansion points while the business software provider will develop consultancy, tech support.


ESRI Launches GIS Tools for Hadoop

Downloadable geographic information system designed to offer map applications and big data visualization.


Security First Selects IBM Social Media, Analytics Software

IBM says software should enable the insurer to turn social media into an actionable communications channel.


Polaris Unveils Agent Workstation Suite

Intellect Agent Workstation suite includes mobile access to agent functionalities.


StoneRiver Releases New Version of Life Portraits

New version to offer new user interface, support for multiple browsers and devices.


Synechron Releases Mobile, Esignature Solution Framework

eSignature capabilities provided as an upgrade to the software provider’s ACORD-compliant mobile solution.


Xchanging Launches Netsett for U.S. Market

Announcement follows releases in Asia and the United Kingdom from earlier this year.


Sapiens Announces Decision for Insurance Management Product

Decision for Insurance is designed to enable a central repository of rules and logic for carrier decision-making, compliance, governance and efficiencies.


Exigen Launches Pre-configured Solutions

Software package aims to reduce implementation time and risks, as well as total cost of ownership.


Eurobase Insurance Solutions Introduces synergy2

Two international companies have already signed on for the end-to-end administration platform.


se2 Licenses FAST Insurance Components

SaaS implementation is designed to enable the rapid conversion of complex blocks and improved speed to market.


Motorists Insurance Picks Up Effisoft System

Reinsurance administration system to replace the insurer's current legacy system.


AlphaTrust and DocVentive Enter Reseller Agreement

eSignature integration is intended to facilitate interactive claims correspondence and on-demand policy issuance applications.

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