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2020 Virtual IT Trends Seminar Registration

  • October 22, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
  • PAMIC Online


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  • Committee members may register at half price. Use Coupon Code.
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Insurance Technology Trends Seminar

Where: PAMIC Online
When: October 22nd, 2020 
Duration: Full Day Virtual Event 

  6 CE credits available!
Webinar login details will be sent to you
after registration is complete.

Join PAMIC and the Insurance Technology Committee for the virtual IT Trends Seminar on Thursday, October 22nd! Led by Erin Selfe, VP of Information Technology at Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance, the committee has put together another great educational agenda with the membership in mind.

Attend sessions from your desk while earning CE credits! Sessions begin at 8:30am and the day will end at 3:45pm with break time and a lunch hour. Members may register for the day at a discounted rate,  and non-members are also welcome to attend at full price. 

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8:30-8:35am: Welcome & Chairman Remarks

  • Erin Selfe, Vice President, Information Technology, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company

8:30am - 10:00am: Modernization, Core Systems Replacement & Legacy Migration

  • Nathaniel Waite, ACE, System Architect, Goodville Mutual Insurance 
  • Bruce Battaglia, PMP, Program Manager, Harford Mutual Insurance
  • Sundar Vallinayagam, CEO, JARUS Technologies
  • Mica Cooper, AISUS

With Covid-19 and InsureTech taking the spotlight recently, this session goes behind the scenes and dives into the reality that many of us face with legacy systems migration.  Our speakers share real challenges and offer advice for these projects such as the planning process, organizational change, dealing with technical debt, scarcity of resources as COBOL developers retire, and adopting new practices in DevOps and Agile development.  We’ll also discuss a current project involving a migration from a 25-year old legacy platform.  All of us face many of the same underlying challenges discussed in other projects making this a very beneficial presentation for everyone in and outside of IT.  Open discussion, Q&A is encouraged!

10:00am - 10:15am: Mid- Morning Break

10:15am - 11:45am: "Been There, Done That" - Tips, Tricks, and Experiences from the Trenches

Sessions hosted by IT Committee members:

  • Chris Gearhart, Millville Mutual Insurance 
  • Bala Kumar, JARUS Technologies
  • BJ Gardner & Dave Zeigenfuss,  PA Lumbermens Mutual Insurance 
  • Nick Thoman, Brethren Mutual Insurance 

IT is as active as ever in Insurance and many of us are stepping into unfamiliar territory.  This session allows us to hear from others who have “been there.” They will share the project, results, solutions evaluated, what went well, advice, and open “round table” type conversation and Q&A from everyone in the audience. Topics include:  Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Mobile App Development, Implementing Sharepoint, and Artificial Intelligence in Insurance.

11:45am - 1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:20pm: Public Cloud:  Why Carriers Should Welcome This Shift & How to Prepare

  • Moderator: Bob Ridinger, Director, ValueMomentum
  • GK Gade, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, ValueMomentum
  • BJ Gardner, Lead Systems Architect, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company
  • Andy Edwardson - Senior Vice President, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer, Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance

Market data shows a steady transition of data centers to the Cloud. The environment may be managed by the carrier, a core systems vendor, or a managed service provider.  This session includes a panel who will examine the challenges Carriers face in adjusting to this transition and the strategies that they are adopting to maximize the outcomes. We will also look at the reasons why Carriers should welcome this shift and conclude by discussing how to prepare and position themselves properly.

2:20pm - 2:30pm: Break

2:30-3:30pm: Reflections on COVID-19 & Best Practices for Leading Forward

  • Presented by: Nancy Keating Casbarro, Vice President of Research & Consulting, Novarica

This isn’t just your normal COVID-19 session!  Join Nancy who will take us through the very interesting, and sometimes overlooked human and technical best practices for leading your company in the “new norm” – a permanent, diverse landscape of mixed and remote staff.  Nancy will take us through some statistics and the changes that have occurred over the last few months and the very interesting aspects of the human factor.  She will provide guidance on how to adapt and improve your leadership practices moving forward.  She’ll also cover some technical challenges and best practices to “tidy up” workspaces for a secure and stable infrastructure.  This is a timely topic for everyone … bring your questions, experiences, challenges, and comments!”

3:30pm: Closing Remarks & Adjournment


Member rates:

  • Morning Sessions: $75
  • Afternoon Sessions: $75
  • Full Day Rate: $120

Non-member rates:

  • Morning Sessions: $85
  • Afternoon Sessions: $85
  • Full Day Rate: $150

CE Credits:

Please provide your 6-digit Pennsylvania Producer license number upon registration to receive credit for this event. 



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