Despite insurers' best intentions to align business strategy with IT strategy, recent studies show that more than 80% of insurance companies can improve on that alignment.That's according to Deborah Smallwood, insurance practice leader at TowerGroup Inc., a Needham, Mass.-based research and advisory firm. At press time, Smallwood was completing a study of six property/casualty carriers, and, although she couldn't release her findings, she said she gets frustrated because the alignment still isn't there-and there's so much need for improvement.

Of course, some insurers are better than others at closing the gap between IT and business goals, Smallwood admits. But often organizational structure is an impediment to alignment.

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