Duck Creek launches reinsurance management tool

insurancebusinessmag | June 12, 2019

Duck Creek Technologies has announced the launch of a reinsurance management tool for primary property-casualty insurers. Duck Creek Reinsurance Management - previously CedeRight, a DataCede product acquired by Duck Creek - allows primary carriers to manage reinsurance partners, contracts, bills, recoveries and payables.

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As insurance firms adapt to maturing markets and economic turbulence, in the long run, their ability to integrate technology, talent, and business-model innovation into legacy environments may be the key to success. The insurance industry remains resilient, continuing to generate growth around the world and maintaining overall profitability despite turbulence in the global economy.

Spotlight

As insurance firms adapt to maturing markets and economic turbulence, in the long run, their ability to integrate technology, talent, and business-model innovation into legacy environments may be the key to success. The insurance industry remains resilient, continuing to generate growth around the world and maintaining overall profitability despite turbulence in the global economy.

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Styra Named an ‘Outperformer,’ in New GigaOm Report, Highlighting Its Role in Redefining the Policy-As-Code Category

Styra | July 08, 2022

Styra, Inc., the creators and maintainers of Open Policy Agent (OPA) and leader of cloud-native authorization, has announced that it was named an “Outperformer” by GigaOm in its “2022 GigaOm Radar Report: Policy-As-Code Solutions.” The comprehensive industry report recognizes the company’s impactful role in defining the policy-as-code category and awarded Styra DAS high marks for its SaaS and self-hosted deployment models, authorization policies and policy generator, support for OPA as well as its scalability and usability. According to the report: “New vendors focused purely on policy management and decision making, such as Styra, are emerging to help redefine the category.” With OPA, “It feels as if this approach toward a generic policy language instead of a domain-specific language is continuing to grow in this space.” “Styra focuses on policy management, lifecycle, and decision making and it supports Rego. Extensions from the community at large can enable Styra DAS to be an effective one-stop policy as code solution. Between OPA and Styra DAS users can effectively scale to ensure that decisions can be continuously made in the event of a central control plane outage.” “We are honored to be named an ‘outperformer’ by GigaOm for our product capabilities in its recent Policy-As-Code Radar,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO at Styra. “This report shows the widespread market need as well as the accelerated growth of the category over the past few years. We’ve implemented a policy-as-code approach from day one with OPA, and this new recognition, combined with our recent ‘Outstanding in Microservices’ accolade from KuppingerCole Analysts' 2022 Policy Based Access Management Market Compass, proves that Styra and OPA are at the forefront of policy-as-code and authorization.” “We are honored to be named an ‘outperformer’ by GigaOm for our product capabilities in its recent Policy-As-Code Radar,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO at Styra. To determine the results for this report, GigaOm analysts reviewed and scored the top policy-as-code solution providers using the GigaOm Radar. This tool provides an overview of a particular market segment and characterizes each vendor on two axes — Maturity versus Innovation as well as Feature Play versus Platform Play. The analysis of available technologies focuses on features and capabilities, impact on the customer organization, and ratings. The results reflect how well a vendor meets key solution criteria and aligns with growing technology trends over the next 12-18 months. Styra is projected to move from the “Challenger” tier to the “Leader” tier over this timeframe. This projection is based on increased maturity as well as anticipation of a broader platform focus and commitment to a comprehensive feature set. “As reflected in the Radar Report on Policy-As-Code Solutions, Styra has a strong market standing and continues to bring innovation to its industry category,” said Shea Stewart, analyst at GigaOm. “As Styra continues to evolve, extensions from the community at large can enable Styra to be an effective one-stop policy as code solution for enterprises of all sizes that will scale as they continue to grow.” To read the full 2022 GigaOm Radar Report on Policy-As-Code Solutions, visit here, or to learn more about cloud-native authorization with Styra, please visit here. About Styra Styra enables enterprises to define, enforce and monitor policy across their cloud-native environments. With a combination of open source (Open Policy Agent) and commercial products (Declarative Authorization Service), Styra provides security, operations and compliance guardrails to protect applications, as well as the infrastructure they run on. Styra policy-as-code approach lets developers, DevOps, and security teams mitigate risks, reduce human error and accelerate application development. Learn more at https://styra.com.

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Piper Sandler Expands Insurance Investment Banking Team with Addition of Christopher Grady

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Piper Sandler Companies (NYSE: PIPR), a leading investment bank, is pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher Grady. He is joining the New York office as a director in the financial services group as part of the insurance investment banking team. “We are thrilled to have Chris join the Piper Sandler insurance investment banking team. Having worked closely with Chris over many years, we have enormous respect for his deal acumen and integrity. His experience successfully executing insurance distribution M&A transactions, in particular, is unparalleled,” said John Butler, managing director and co-head of insurance investment banking at Piper Sandler. Grady will be focused on advising clients on strategic M&A and executing M&A and capital raising transactions for insurance distribution clients. Previously, Grady was the head of corporate development for Marsh McLennan Agency, where he was responsible for leading strategy, corporate development, principal investment and M&A activity. In his time with Marsh McLennan Agency, he completed 80 transactions including over 70 acquisitions of insurance distribution firms in the U.S. and Canada. Grady holds a Master of Business Administration degree from NYU Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance and corporate accounting from Ithaca College. “I’m very excited to join Piper Sandler and continue to build on the tremendous success they’ve had across the insurance industry. John Butler and George Johns have built an incredible team and I’m looking forward to bringing my expertise into the fold,” said Christopher Grady, director at Piper Sandler. “I’m very excited to join Piper Sandler and continue to build on the tremendous success they’ve had across the insurance industry. John Butler and George Johns have built an incredible team and I’m looking forward to bringing my expertise into the fold,” said Christopher Grady, director at Piper Sandler. The Piper Sandler insurance investment banking group is an industry thought leader providing financial advisory and capital raising services to insurance underwriters, brokers, third-party administrators and other insurance services companies. The team completed 31 M&A and strategic advisory and capital raising transactions in 2021 representing $4.0 billion in aggregate M&A deal value and $4.0 billion in aggregate capital raised.** ABOUT PIPER SANDLER Piper Sandler Companies (NYSE: PIPR) is a leading investment bank driven to help clients Realize the Power of Partnership®. Securities brokerage and investment banking services are offered in the U.S. through Piper Sandler & Co., member SIPC and NYSE; in the U.K. through Piper Sandler Ltd., authorized and regulated by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority; and in Hong Kong through Piper Sandler Hong Kong Ltd., authorized and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission. Private equity strategies and fixed income advisory services are offered through separately registered advisory affiliates.

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USAA and Human API | August 17, 2022

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