After spending the past several years sitting on the sidelines, mid-size insurance companies are poised to break out of their IT spending inertia.In a report titled "Technology Market Snapshot: Mid-Size Insurance Companies," Boston-based Celent Communications Inc. estimates that mid-size insurers-those with direct written premiums between $100 million and $1 billion-will spend $1.1 billion on new technology projects over the next three to five years, primarily on Web-enabled policy administration systems and agent extranets.

While exact figures weren't available, this commitment is viewed as a significant hike from recent spending trends.

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