When it comes to accepting change, there typically are two types of people: those who embrace something new and different, and those who wholeheartedly reject an idea, without considering its merits. (My wife believes that I fall under the latter category, but in truth I fit somewhere between the two.)Insurance companies have been accused by many experts as being very reluctant to change-whether that perception is correct certainly is open to debate. The industry is in the midst of dramatic changes that will shape how insurance products-for the foreseeable future-are developed, marketed, sold and serviced. The forces that are shaping the market are moving swifter and stronger than at any time in history, no doubt the product of increased competition from within and outside the insurance industry.

In this business climate, executives need accurate information at their fingertips to help them make informed decisions. That's why we've launched a new monthly section, called "Executive Briefing," which summarizes and analyzes news ranging from regulations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions to financial news. The section is intended to highlight news that's shaping the industry and broaden our editorial coverage beyond writing about how carriers are using technology to support their business strategies. Also, Insurance Networking's tagline has been changed to "Executive Strategies for Technology Management" to more accurately reflect our editorial emphasis.

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