One thing that often comes up, whether we are talking informally to market contacts, or engaged with clients and prospects, is the level of uncertainty around technology strategy.
It's customary in any discussion of Blockchain to assert that there will definitely be a change to the insurance industry. We then go on to state a number of use cases unrelated or tangential to insurance (Land Title Registry, Fine Arts Ownership and Imogen Heap are the usual suspects). But the B3i initiative and other similar ventures are, at last, giving the insurance industry real examples to consider.
It is no secret that the traditional (re)insurance firms have a reputation of reluctance to adopt and adapt to new technologies. However, here we are, in the 21st century and technology is shaping as well as transforming our whole world and fast, and it does not intend to slow down for anyone.
I had the pleasure of listening to a couple of gentlemen on one of my train journeys home this week. They were discussing Blockchain - with one of the individuals portraying himself as a Blockchain expert. However, I soon realised this was another example of someone picking up on the hype around this topic without actually understanding how it works or can be adopted.