Reflections on Guidewire’s Acquisition of EagleEye Analytics

EagleEye Analytics is an ideal acquisition whereby Guidewire can help clients to deploy and leverage analytics across the entire enterprise from claims to underwriting to product development and distribution.

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Predictably,  predictive analytics for P&C insurance has come of age! It was inevitable that predictive analytics would become an extension of P&C carriers’ SaaS-based core system platforms in order for them to deploy and leverage analytics across the entire enterprise from claims to underwriting to product development and distribution. Guidewire is perfectly positioned to help their impressive and still growing client list of global and multi-tier P&C carriers to accomplish that objective. And EagleEye Analytics, with deep subject matter expertise in predictive analytics and purpose built for P&C carriers, is an ideal acquisition by which Guidewire can help clients do exactly that.

I would expect to see a number of almost immediate results from this announcement, including heightened M&A activity and consolidation involving smaller analytics solution providers and an “arms race” among core system and other insurance industry information providers to acquire and or develop competitive analytics capabilities.  And of course, the market value of experienced “data scientists” will continue to outpace most other career classifications.

Longer term, consumers will benefit from new, innovative and better targeted personalized insurance products and policyholders and claimants can expect a quicker and more hassle-free claims settlement experience.

Stephen E. Applebaum // Stephen Applebaum, Managing Partner, Insurance Solutions Group, is a subject matter expert and thought leader providing consulting, advisory, research and strategic M&A services to participants across the entire North American property/casualty insurance ecosystem. He will be chairing the Auto Insurance USA industry conference on April 16-17, 2020 in Chicago presented by Insurance Nexus/Reuters Events which focuses on the impact of emerging technologies and changing consumer behavior on the broad connected automotive, insurance, claims, information, services and repair ecosystem. Applebaum is also a Senior Advisor to Waller Helms Advisors (WHA) an investment banking boutique firm focused on the crossroads of the insurance, healthcare and investment services sectors and a frequent chairman, guest speaker and panelist at insurance industry conferences and contributor to major insurance industry publications and has a passion for coaching, mentoring, business process innovation and constructive transformation, applying disruptive technology, and managing organizational change in the North American property/casualty insurance industry and trading partner communities. He can be reached at [email protected]

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