Jun 22, 2021

Eckerson Group and IDMA launch data analytics platform

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The Eckerson Group formed the partnership with Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA) to innovate the solution

Two leading insurance data specialists, the Eckerson Group and the Insurance Data Management Association (IDMA), have joined forces to create a new data analytics platform for insurance companies. 

The Boston-based Eckerson Group launched the online benchmark solution, which helps enterprise data and analytics teams in the insurance industry.

The benchmark is overseen by a board of data and analytics experts from the North American insurance industry and aims to help insurance firms assess their performance in a key area of data and analytics.

Founded in 2014, the Eckerson Group is a global research and consulting firm that helps organisations make the most of their data. Currently, the company owns and operates the Industry Data Benchmarks programme and Rate My Data benchmarking platform.

The collaboration with the IDMA, a global professional association dedicated to increasing the level of knowledge and visibility of insurance data management, has resulted in a solution designed to enable firms to benchmark their data and analytics capabilities against peers. 

Data analytics and the insurance industry

According to reports, the assessment is not a survey. Rather, it’s a team-based exercise geared to enterprise data and analytics teams.

Team members can work together to answer questions and submit a single response for their company. Every participant receives a secure link to an online, interactive report where they can benchmark their capabilities against insurance peer groups by the line of business, region, and organisational size. 

Speaking about the launch, and what it will mean for the industry, Wayne Eckerson, president of Eckerson Group, explained, “Leading organisations today use data and analytics to drive strategic initiatives, such as digital transformation, customer 360, and intelligent supply chains. 

“Research now shows that data-driven companies enjoy a competitive advantage and are positioned to disrupt their industry.” 

Eckerson said many business and technical leaders want to understand whether they are generating sufficient value from their investments in data and analytics.

He pointed out that one way to do this is to compare their enterprise data and analytics program to an objective yardstick, like an industry maturity model or peers in the insurance industry. “Our assessment lets them do both. It's also a great way to educate data and analytics professionals about best practices, and it makes a great collaborative exercise for team members.”

Farouk Yassine, Executive Director of IDMA., agreed, saying "Many insurance companies are keen to benchmark their data and analytics capabilities against peers."

He added, "This service makes that possible and companies won't have to disclose proprietary or confidential information to participate."

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Aug 1, 2021

CB Insights: US Insurtechs Are Competing In A Global Market

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Tech market intelligence platform CB Insights highlights that 2021 insurtech funding is less dominated by US firms and more geographically diverse

In the first half of the year, insurtech companies around the world have raised US$7.4bn, nearly doubling their funding in Q2. According to Digital Insurance, insurtechs have raised US$4.8bn in Q2—an 89% increase in funding from Q1. But US firms are no longer the sole beneficiaries. 

What Are the Stats? 

Out of the 15 Q2 mega-rounds—those that top US$100mn—only eight included American firms. Pretty good, you might say. That’s over half! But US companies only made up 38% of the deals, which marks a 10% drop from Q1 and a 12% drop from 2020. Technically, therefore, US insurtechs are less influential than they’ve been in the past. But who says this is a bad development? 


Despite my American citizenship, I’d argue that a more globally diverse insurance market is only for the best. Many of the world’s citizens who could most benefit from improved insurance services live outside of the States—and deserve local, tech-savvy services. 

Why Does This Matter? 

You’re always going to see the typical insurtech contenders from Western countries. For instance: 



But it’s critical that we address risk across the world. American insurtechs might be some of the most technologically skilled firms in the industry, but it’s not their first goal to address floods in Southeast Asia, crop destruction in China, and COVID complications in South Africa. That’s why we should celebrate that the recent Q2 round included insurtechs from 35 different countries


According to CB Insights’ Q2 2021 Quarterly InsurTech Briefing, this was the first time that they’d observed insurtech activity in Botswana, Mali, Romania, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. And ‘from a product, service, distribution, and underlying risk perspective, we—as a society and as an industry—are moving at an unprecedented speed’, says Dr. Andrew Johnston, Global Head of Willis Re InsurTech


Just ask CB Insights. InsurTech value propositions have resonated with the world. 


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