In an analyst panel moderated by yours truly at this year’s IASA’s Educational Conference and Business Show, noted economist Frank Conde told those in the Chief Information/Technology Officer Roundtable that the U.S. economy will recover more slowly than many had thought, and that the insurance industry is still struggling with shrinking premiums and financial troubles—albeit not in as much of a pickle as some other industries.

While many in the audience undoubtedly shared the opinion of panelist Craig Weber of Celent that the current picture “scares the heck out of me,” fear was not the emotion of the day, nor of this conference overall. In fact, the mood was quite the opposite, and given the conference numbers reported by IASA Executive Director Joe Pomilia, that came as no surprise.

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