Our best definitions, learning resources & articles on how Operational Excellence is changing the Insurance Industry.
At heart, Operational Excellence is an element of organizational leadership the employs numerous methodologies and tools, focusing on the sustainable improvement of outstanding performance metrics. But what does this mean for professionals in the fast-paced and highly competitive world of Insurance?
With a constantly changing set of expectations from customers and capabilities coming from technological advances, one of the key ways Operational Excellence is changing the face of Insurance is via the need for organizational speed. Whether it's the introduction of Lean Practises in the workplace or achieving a culture of continuous Improvement, Operational Excellence is helping insurance companies streamline, from transforming and modernizing the legacy estates to simply getting products to market quicker.
# 1: Scale & Profitability in Insurance
Insurance, Financial Services, Banking & Capital market organizations are all facing the challenge of fast-growing start ups, and their ability to scale profitably. This landscape can breed uncertainty, particularly when it comes to typical 'heavyweight' organizations. 'Insuretech' start-ups, the growth of 'micro-insurance' policies, and more express the rapidly changing state of the Insurance Industry. This Accenture report, for example, argues that Operational Excellence is driving efficiency in Insurance companies through Operational Excellence in Outsourcing.
The rapid expansion and use of automated technology solutions in Insurance speaks to the increasingly crucial need for digital transformation in this industry. However, as more and more solutions are utilised and adopted, customers expect a level of efficiency and quality beyond simply technical efficiency. As with many industries, these expectations include a top-calibre experience for the customers, as well as operational efficiency and innovative solutions to errors/complaints. In this sense, the adoption of Operational Excellence goes hand in hand with the adoption of process automation and other tech innovations.
AI has been bandied around as a material disruptor. On the back of collecting/orchestrating the data, it's critical to drive material insight and intelligence from this and allow organizations, brokers and consumers to make subsequent decisions. In 2017, AI will come of age with some impressive examples, including voice. In 2016, Amazon's Echo and Google Home product launched, as well as some insurers — like Liberty Mutual— giving voice a try. Imagine asking freely, “Am I covered for...?” or, “What's the status of my claim?” Adding this skill to the mix will likely be table stakes. In addition, AI will augment other solutions to drive value, e.g. robotic process automation. All of this boils down to getting a better grip on the amazing data we have already, while leveraging the vast open data sets available to us.
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