With the rise of BYOD across the insurance industry, the logical question to ponder is how to tap into all those back-end systems to move data out to decision makers, and vice-versa. Many executives now use mobile devices, even when they're in their offices. Likewise, insurance companies rely heavily on people that are constantly out on the road — such as claims adjustors and agents.

In a recent survey of 590 IT managers by Micro Focus, which provides tools for recompiling mainframe applications and data onto smaller, distributed systems, finds that an average of 31 percent of business apps are already accessible on mobile devices. Respondents expect this to increase to an average of 46 percent of applications within three years; a third of businesses expect 60 percent of apps or more to be mobile-accessible.

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