ACORD Meets Agile! Sponsored by VLink

VLink and ACORD co-hosted an Insurance industry event titled ACORD meets Agile held at the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL on March 23, 2017.

Attendees included executives from various insurance and financial services organizations that have either adopted Agile or are in the very early stages of Agile development.

IMG_0142The event was kicked off by Dennis Williams, SVP Sales & Marketing, VLink. Dennis Williams welcomed all participants and provided an overview of VLink. Following that, Bill Pieroni, CEO of ACORD, shared his perspective on the impact of digitization in the insurance industry. He emphasized the importance of embracing digital to meet the demands of the marketplace and how organizations that adopt Agile will be more competitive in the future.

After that Mitch Wein, VP Research and Consulting from Novarica spoke about the current trends in the adoption of agile in the insurance industry.

The Essentials of Enterprise Adoption of Agile

The event followed on with a panel discussion moderated by Monika Acharya, Director Agile Services, VLink. The panelists included Doug Safford, VP Technology Innovation, Allstate, Bryan Kadlec, Director – Client & Digital Experience at Northwestern Mutual and Mitch Wein from Novarica.

The panel was a great combination of answering questions such as what are their biggest challenges and adoption techniques, and each panelist provided examples from their companies. They all agreed that in order for a company to be successful in adopting Agile, the leadership team must be on board and be the champion to drive change throughout the organization.

Finally, Monika Acharya concluded by addressing the audience on the essentials of enterprise adoption of Agile.

Lastly, we provided a self-assessment form to challenge companies to think about opportunities for improvement within their Agile teams.

The event concluded with a networking/cocktail reception. Overall, it was an informative, interactive event with great participants from the Insurance industry.

We would like to give a big shout out to Tracey Sims, Monika Acharya and Selen Asar for planning this successful insurance industry event!