Having participated as a speaker, panelist or moderator at literally dozens of insurance technology conferences, I must admit that I continue to be perplexed at the second-class status afforded technology vendors by those in charge of the events.

Several of the most notable tech conferences in this industry, in fact, refuse to allow vendor representatives to take the podium in an education session, unless there is also an insurance company representative or industry analyst (NOT a consultant, ahem) also speaking in that session. But what, exactly, are they so afraid of?

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