Insurers are becoming insular with information technology maintenance and investment priorities. Referring to it as internal "housecleaning," Cary, N.C.-based Sapiens International Corp. states that U.S. insurers are shifting gears to emphasize internally-driven IT efficiencies as a better way to control costs.Findings from a recent survey conducted by Sapiens, a global IT solutions provider, reveal that externally focused activities, such as business process outsourcing (BPO), customer relationship management (CRM), and standards implementation-such as ACORD XML, now rank significantly lower on the IT priority scale than internal initiatives.

Such programs are led by the need to upgrade policy administration and consolidate applications (see "Looking Inward," right).

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