Cambridge, Mass. — Today's insurance enterprises are no longer centralized data centers of servers with employees connected onsite via local area networks or terminals. In fact, the distinction between internal and external users has nearly disappeared. As a result, many IT assets are beyond the immediate reach of IT managers.

In a 2007 Insurance Networking News article, Mark Odiorne, chief information systems officer for Scottish Re Group Ltd., Bermuda, reflects on a trend among carriers. "Our workforce is very mobile. I have far more laptops in my organization than I do desktops."

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