I was recently talking to a past colleague over lunch and he reminded me of a concern I had a couple of years ago that seems to be descending on insurers in the next 2-5 years. Architects are usually considered valuable internal resources within carriers (for good reason if they are good) along with PMs and BAs. Carriers have been outsourcing more and more development work over the last decade and reducing their internal developer footprint. For many insurers, this has proven a cost effective endeavor, albeit not without its bumps.

In addition, more modern vendor insurance solutions, namely core systems, data mastery (BI, analytics, DW/DM, ETL), case management, BPM, Rules, Portal, etc., have become much more configurable and have enabled business users to take on more of the development and maintenance of these systems. While this has again been viewed as forward progress by analysts and insurers, it again has reduced the IT developer footprint.

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