Top 16 INN Stories of 2016

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2016 will go down as a remarkable year for many reasons, and its impact on the insurance industry is no exception. Following are the news stories and features that drew the most eyes on our site this year as we chronicled a rapidly changing industry.

1. Google to Shut Down Auto Insurance Aggregator 1. Google to Shut Down Auto Insurance Aggregator

It was somewhat shocking when Google announced it would discontinue Google Compare, an aggregator for auto insurance it ran in the UK and California, only about a year after its U.S. launch. Click here for the story.

2. AIG, ACE Vets Sign on With Startup Aiming to ‘Uberize’ Insurance 2. AIG, ACE Vets Sign on With Startup Aiming to ‘Uberize’ Insurance

Of the many startups that took on insurance this year, Lemonade was among the most intriguing. Stealthy most of the year, this was one of its first big news announcements. The company began selling policies in the fall. Click here for the story.

3. Accenture Sells 60% of Duck Creek 3. Accenture Sells 60% of Duck Creek

This deal portended a big year not just in volume of insurance technology vendor M&A activity, but in the size and import of the deals. Click here for the story

4. Allstate’s Tech Company Reveals New View of Telematics Value 4. Allstate’s Tech Company Reveals New View of Telematics Value

Allstate announced the creation of a technology company within its own enterprise to explore the use of telematics and connected car data. The twist? It says it could see potentially licensing the solutions it creates to other insures. Click here for the story

5. Why You Shouldn't Expect Google to Give up On Insurance 5. Why You Shouldn't Expect Google to Give up On Insurance

A follow up on Google’s Compare exit. Click here for the story

6. Inside USAA’s Digital Innovation Philosophy 6. Inside USAA’s Digital Innovation Philosophy

Check out what Michael Merwarth, USAA’s SVP of strategy and innovation, had to say at INN’s inaugural Dig | In: The Digital Future of Insurance conference. Click here for the story

7. How MassMutual's Data Science Lab Pushes the Envelope 7. How MassMutual's Data Science Lab Pushes the Envelope

Part of a package created after INN visited MassMutual’s data science lab in Amherst, Mass., VP Sears Merritt talks about the organization’s mandate. Click here for the story

8. Insurance Analytics Take the Next Step 8. Insurance Analytics Take the Next Step

Our examination of how insurance analytics strategies are evolving as the sector matures. Click here for the story

9. Catching up with Progressive s UBI Leader 9. Catching up with Progressive s UBI Leader

A check-in with the leading U.S. insurer in usage-based insurance. Click here for the story

10. Insurers Pursue Big Data Despite Regulatory Headwinds 10. Insurers Pursue Big Data Despite Regulatory Headwinds

How insurers are navigating the privacy and regulatory issues inherent in leveraging big data. Click here for the story

11. Insurers Look to Tighten Cybersecurity Before Innovation 11. Insurers Look to Tighten Cybersecurity Before Innovation

With regulators looking closely at insurers’ cybersecurity practices, carriers are working hard to secure networks as they plan new digital policyholder interactions. Click here for the story

12. How State Farm Achieved Testing Nirvana 12. How State Farm Achieved Testing Nirvana

Some tips on building a strong analytics organization from State Farm’s director of analytics Andy Pulkstenis. Click here for the story

13. John Hancock Cooks up Blockchain in the Lab 13. John Hancock Cooks up Blockchain in the Lab

A story that combines two insurance industry trends: blockchain exploration and the corporate innovation lab. Click here for the story

14. Usage-Based Insurance is Running Out of Gas 14. Usage-Based Insurance is Running Out of Gas

An examination of the slowing take-up of UBI policies in the U.S. Click here for the story

15. Guidewire Acquires EagleEye Analytics 15. Guidewire Acquires EagleEye Analytics

The first of three major acquisitions by the core systems giant this year. Click here for the story

16. CSC to Administer 7 Million MetLife Policies in BPS Agreement 16. CSC to Administer 7 Million MetLife Policies in BPS Agreement

Click here for the story

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