To find the wellspring of the insurance industry's reputation for being technologically backward, one need only follow the glow of green screens to the heart of carriers' data centers where "Big Iron" still holds sway.To get a countervailing view, one could visit Erie, Pa., where Erie Family Life Insurance Co., a member of Erie Insurance Group, is undergoing a platform consolidation of its policy administration systems.

In May, the company signed a multi-year policy administration contract with TAG, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Perot Systems, to consolidate Erie Family Life's four platforms to a single one.

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