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Has Your Company Bridged the Gap?

Robert Regis Hyle | February 09, 2015

In the performance video “The Original Kings of Comedy,” comedian Steve Harvey introduces other funny people with, “Put your hands together and show some love for Bernie Mac (et al).” I’d like to ask you to put your hands—and your minds—together and show some love for the IT leaders you work with and their business side counterparts.

The ITA is busy with new things this year. ITA LIVE is coming this spring and the ITA Bridge Award winner will be announced at the conference in Fort Lauderdale, April 12-14. The Bridge Award looks to honor both sides of the 21st century insurance equation: those who help select and implement the technology that is so valuable today, and those that put the technology to the test and work to create real business solutions.

One thing we have learned is there no longer are IT projects. All projects have to be driven by the business side and that means the business leaders has to be involved in every step of the process in order for the project to succeed.

That means teamwork from two very different areas of the company and the definition of teamwork is working together as individuals for the common good of all. What we call Bridging the Gap.

If you are interested in making a nomination for this award, please send the names of the two individuals being nominated and approximately 500 words on how these people have worked together to advance the performance of the insurance company they represent.

All submissions should be sent to Jim Daggett, executive director of the ITA at The ITA leadership will narrow the field and ask members of the ITA Advisory Board to weigh in on the finalists before the winners are selected. The deadline is Feb. 28, so send in your nominees as soon as possible. The winners also will be featured in an article in ITA Pro magazine.

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