Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Technology Survey Results

Security, developing web portals, and going paperless are among the top focus areas for IT staff, according to a survey of NAPSLO members conducted in February by the Association’s Communications & Technology Committee.

The survey was sent to NAPSLO wholesale broker and company members and the questions were a follow-up to the 2003 survey conducted by NAPSLO. A copy of the current survey and the 2003 survey are available on the NAPSLO website, in the Technology Section, under Technology Survey.

One change occurring in the industry since the 2003 survey is the movement by brokers and MGAs to using third party agency management systems as opposed to in-house or custom programs. In 2003 approximately 20% reported using in-house programs, compared to 11% in 2007.

Among the other areas examined in the survey included asking about the top focus areas for IT departments. Security was the top issue with 47% of respondents noting it, going paperless was second at 45% and developing a web portal was third at 43%.

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