What the Next Generation of Future-Ready Insurance Leaders Will Look Like

To best meet intensifying challenges, insurers are becoming digital leaders—adopting cloud-based management platforms that make the most of their wealth of data. In a new report, industry experts from KPMG and Workday explain how insurers can rethink their strategies.

The insurance industry understands risk all too well. In an increasingly complex environment, insurance companies need to read market signals and respond quickly. To do that while outpacing the competition, insurers must become digital leaders—by putting in place systems that make their operations more resilient as they face future waves of disruption.

“We’ve seen events that left some of our insurance clients disconnected and unable to be productive—especially those that were still operating on legacy, on-premise systems,” said Tony Alejo, principal, advisory, KPMG.

An insightful new report from KPMG and Workday—“Future-Ready Insurance Leaders: Defining the Next Generation—highlights how insurers can become digital leaders and future-proof their organizations.

“This data really provides insurers with insight around how to continue to evolve their own business, because insurers are data rich but at times insight poor.”

Tony Alejo Principal, Advisory KPMG

Insurers face plenty of hurdles, including shifting compliance requirements, intensifying environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk factors, and the new normal of long-term remote work. Insurers’ ability to address these challenges relies on easily accessing, analyzing, and reporting data. More specifically, connected data. 

“Overall, it’s really about treating data more as a connected asset versus a siloed asset,” said Alejo. 

Data That Delivers

Customers give insurance companies a wealth of personal data. Protecting sensitive customer data should be table stakes. Insurers also need to use that data to create a better customer experience. Internal data also helps insurers stay ahead of trends in consumer demands, introduce new products that customers want to buy, and drive growth.

“This data really provides insurers with insight around how to continue to evolve their own business,” said Alejo. “Because insurers are data rich but at times insight poor.”

Connecting the Dots

To get better business intelligence, insurers need to connect data, not just amass it. The connected data made possible by cloud-based management systems gives insurance leaders the ability to anticipate and pivot to market shifts.

That’s why there’s a strong business case for cloud-based management systems. Digital platforms provide layers of security and redundancy that boost resilience and deliver the streamlined experience employees have come to expect. Cloud systems also make employees’ jobs easier by automating data entry and reporting, so they can focus on tasks that add greater value to the organization. Plus, as insurance companies face more burdensome and changing regulatory requirements, cloud-based platforms offer greater flexibility and depth in reporting.

For more on how forward-thinking insurance leaders are future-proofing their business, read our report developed in partnership with KPMG: “Future-Ready Insurance Leaders: Defining the Next Generation.”

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