Guidewire’s ‘Connections 2019’ Annual User Conference Highlights Industry Platform Evolution -- Attended by More than 2,300 Attendees
The 15th annual user conference welcomed record number of leaders and innovators from the Property & Casualty insurance industry for sessions focused on mastering the craft of insurance
Chief Executive Officer
Guidewire’s Global Head of Product and Engineering Diego Devalle and Chief Technology Officer
The Guidewire corporate and product keynote presentations can be viewed here.
Event attendees were both entertained and enlightened by compelling presentations from guest speakers, including:
Alex Honnold, a world-class rock climber and subject of the 2019 Academy Award winning documentary, Free Solo, shared his philosophy and preparation techniques as he endeavored to ‘master his craft’ and become the first person to make a free solo ascent (without ropes) of 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Steven Van Belleghem, a best-selling author and thought leader, described how to innovate and invest in customer experience to win the heart and business of customers in an age of artificial intelligence, automation, and digitalization.
Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Appleand author, shared the 10 lessons he learned from working with Steve Jobs.
On the last day of the conference, Guidewire’s Director of Global Client Services
The event also featured keynote sessions from Guidewire customers who discussed industry issues and themes. These presentations included:
Lisa Corless, President and CEO, AF Group, shared how the company is capitalizing on strong partnerships and a proven framework to achieve extraordinary success by exceeding customer expectations with innovative solutions that are fueled by a remarkable, people-first culture.
Gina Hardy, CEO and General Manager, NCJUA and NCIUA, offered best practices and lessons learned from the company’s cloud transformation journey and how it helped the company increase business agility and enhance operational efficiencies to quickly address the impact of recent natural disasters on its agents and policyholders in North Carolina.
A panel consisting of
Rob Craig, Chief Operating Officer, icare; Kevin McNamara, Assistant Vice President for Information and Technology Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO), The Andover Companies; and Roby Shay, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and CIO, Grinnell Mutual, discussed their perspectives on aspects of their cloud journeys and how they have been adapting and succeeding in their journey to the cloud.
In addition, more than 114 hands-on workshops, expert panels, and educational breakout sessions were held during Connections, many involving or led by Guidewire customers. These sessions provided the opportunity for customers such as Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe - MS&AD, Aviva Italy, AXA Germany, AXA XL,
Guidewire also honored winners of its customer Innovation Awards program, now in its 13th year, at the conference. Individuals from customer project teams who went above-and-beyond the call of duty during their product implementation projects were also recognized with the fourth annual ‘Hero’ awards.
“Each year at Connections we are impressed by all of the impactful stories our customers share about how they are using InsurancePlatform to run, differentiate, and grow their business,” said
Connections 2019 was sponsored by the following Guidewire PartnerConnect™ Consulting and Solution partners:
Connections 2020 will take place
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