Technology budgets traditionally have been an easy target for firms looking to lob off expenses and improve their bottom lines. And, while carriers-especially property/casualty insurers-are experiencing tough financial times, they are not slashing their IT budgets, according to the findings of an exclusive Insurance Networking survey of 82 carriers, agents, brokers and services firms.Nevertheless, carriers and agencies are taking distinctly different paths this year, with carriers ratcheting up spending on internal development, while agencies are cutting back on custom software and increasing packaged installations.

Last year, insurers maintained spending levels they had budgeted for both packaged and internally developed applications. But in 2002, they plan to scale back somewhat on packaged applications and concentrate their IT spending on internal business software.

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