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The Ultimate Holiday Gift for the Insurance Geek

Ara Trembly
Insurance Experts' Forum, December 3, 2009

Today’s message is directed to all you IT folks and technophiles who have found yourselves—often through no fault of your own—working in the insurance or financial services industries.

Friends—and many of you are my friends—do you ever look at your tech counterparts in other, more technologically advanced industries, and wish you could be as cool as they are? Do you gaze longingly at the advanced technologies they seem to adopt regularly and feel like the neglected stepchild who has been left to sweep up the dregs of older technologies that find their way into insurance? Are you tired of being the low man, or woman, on today’s technology totem pole? 

If so, then I have a solution—something that can instantly transform your whole tech mojo and stick it to your smarmy friends with their cutting edge networks, gadgets, software and enterprises. I’m talking about the Soft Shell Jacket, a cold weather garment that not only keeps you warm, but also helps you surreptitiously carry lots of electronic devices and other items with you at all times. 

Although Q (James Bond’s genius gadget outfitter) could have designed this jacket/tech arsenal, it is actually marketed by SCOTTEVEST Inc., of Ketchum, Idaho. Now before you go thinking that there’s nothing really cool about Idaho, let me point out that this features a breathable, three-layer, soft-shell fabric with both a waterproof and windproof barrier, and 19 “purposeful” pockets to store all kinds of neat devices. 

Dedicated jacket pockets include an interior cell phone pocket that “connects” to a “personal area” pocket; an interior iPhone/iPod/iTouch pocket that also connects to that personal pocket; a travel documents pocket; a “PubPocket” said to be large enough to hold a magazine, eBook reader or small netbook; a camera pocket and ID/business cards pocket; an eyeglass pocket, including chamois with versatile clip, and magnetic pocket closures. 

Let’s face it; this may be as close to 007 status as any of us will ever come! How cool will you look when you walk into a conference or other gathering of tech cronies with the ability to nonchalantly pull from your pockets virtually any device needed for any occasion? Watch your colleagues drool with envy as you suavely produce your netbook, iPhone or laser pointer from one of those cleverly concealed pockets. Let’s see those losers duplicate that feat! 

Sure, I know that packing every device known to man into your pockets may give you a sort of lumpy, unnatural appearance, but hey, just think of it as a fashion statement. If you practice your strut long enough, few will even notice that you seem to be hunched over from the weight of all your cool gadgets. 

Listen folks; I know that company IT budgets are suffering right now, even in our relatively stable industry. As a result, you can’t expect your company’s financial executives to spring for the kinds of technology that will enhance your status among your IT pals. This cool, spy-ready jacket, on the other hand, sells for $175 exclusively at www.scottevest.com.

Put this baby at the head of your gift list no matter what the occasion. It’s about time that insurance IT people got the respect and admiration we deserve. Pick one up before one of those haughty IT types in some other field beats you to it! 

Ara C. Trembly (www.aratremblytechnology.com) is the founder of Ara Trembly, The Tech Consultant, and a longtime observer of technology in insurance and financial services.

Readers are encouraged to respond to Ara using the “Add Your Comments” box below. He can also be reached at ara@aratremblytechnology.com.

The opinions posted in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Insurance Networking News or SourceMedia.

Comments (1)

It would be even better if your jacket could recharge the devices as you wear it. I've found the Spyder Knockout Jacket with Ardica: [http://www.pitchengine.com/spyder/spyder-and-ardica-powered-to-partner-for-limited-edition-jackets/35385/] and this more expensive one: [http://inventorspot.com/articles/solar_powered_jacket_recharges_your_gadgets_12715] and others that I would prefer. One company that makes flexible solar cells is this one - http://www.konarka.com/ - I am sure that once this material becomes available to the general public, people will be able to make their own powered jackets and other clothing, handbags, etc.

Posted by: scerro | December 4, 2009 1:13 PM

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