What is insurance and why do I need it?

What is insurance and why do I need it?

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You may think that insurance is just one more thing you have to pay for, month after month, year after year. But unlike other ‘subscription services’, you don’t regularly see the benefits - so why do we really need it?  Well, insurance is a means of protection from financial loss.  It not only protects you, it also protects others around you; whether it’s when you’re in your car, your home, your apartment, or your business.  It will protect us and the things we value from a financial impact, big and small.  It provides peace of mind that you have coverage if and when you need it.  No one expects to be in a car accident or have a house fire after all.  Now peace of mind is worth it for…
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COBOL is King

COBOL is King

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Ready for a surprise? Roughly 70 percent of the world's daily business transactions rely on COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language), a 60-year-old programming language.Even more shocking is that within the constantly changing IT industry, COBOL Has remained relevant for the last six decades; and many experts predict COBOL will remain one of the most in-demand skills in the future.With over 30 new (and many would say better) programming languages available, you may be asking 'why COBOL?' Well, the average person interacts with COBOL 13 times a day, in sectors such as health care, government, finance, insurance, automotive, and banking.Some of the largest business systems that run COBOL include:Healthcare: 60 million patientsBanking: 95% ATM transactionsTravel: 96% of the bookingsSocial security: 60 million lines of codePoint of sale: 80% of all transactions…
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A Whirlwind History of Insurance Technology

A Whirlwind History of Insurance Technology

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A Whirlwind History of Insurance Technology The thing about technology, is some aspects change at the speed of light.  To be honest we're still not quite sure what TikTok is, or why it's a... thing.  What's so ancient about Facebook?  Or Myspace?  (Just kidding on that last one).  But at the same time, many of the businesses we work with are still supported by systems from the 1960s.  When they were building these systems, no one thought they would still be around in 2022.  In fact, schools are now starting to re-teach classes on COBOL, one of the earliest coding languages, because it's still being used in many industries.  Believe us, we didn't see that coming either.But let's take a look at the WHY.  Why are so many insurance companies…
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Is Print Design “Dying”? Spoiler Alert… it’s Not!

Is Print Design “Dying”? Spoiler Alert… it’s Not!

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The world as we know it has been taken over by tablets and smartphones!  To some, this has left them questioning, "Is print design a thing of the past?".  ASI is here to tell you it's NOT! 1.) Billboards and signage are still very much in demand and will not go away anytime soon, although the nature of billboards has changed.  The process now also includes digital components such as LED billboards. 2.) Print is still an essential part of a small business.  The ability to present someone with a business card or flyer has a value that cannot be duplicated with just a website.  Today's marketing is all about creating great user experiences for customers, and print is definitely still apart of that experience.   3.) 70% of all people…
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What IS Insurtech?

What IS Insurtech?

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Insurance Technology. Insurtech. Or... Insuretech? Some may call whether or not to include the ‘e’ in insurtech the gif vs jif debate of the insurance world. Or maybe that’s just me.  But what exactly IS insurtech? That’s right, I’m choosing to forgo the ‘e’. To really appreciate what insurtech is, we must first outline the traditional insurance model.  Say you apply for an insurance policy for your house. Traditionally, the insurance company will look at your application and use broad actuarial tables to calculate the risk that you pose for them as an agency (using several factors to figure out the probability that they would have to actually pay out on that policy). They then assign your policy to a certain risk category. That group is then adjusted so that enough people are lumped together,…
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OpenSpace Tech Nights

OpenSpace Tech Nights

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We’ve mentioned our Tech Nights before (in our 3D Printing story here), but as January is National Mentoring Month, we thought we’d take a deeper look at what these nights entail! Our tech nights are loosely structured on the OpenSpace model. What is that you ask? Great question! OpenSpace encourages groups of people to co-create their own learning, and provides just enough structure to ensure progress, but not enough to inhibit learning. How do they do that? Harrison Owen, who originated this approach, introduced four Guiding Principles and One Law that describe (NOT control) the process of these meetings:  The Four Principles Whoever Comes is the right people.Meaning you don't need the executive team and 100 people to get things done.  You just need people there who care. 2. Whatever Happens is…
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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While 2021 may have been far from ordinary, at ASI we’re SHOCKED that it’s already drawing to a close! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun!   Now. Following a month of feasting and frolicking, it’s no surprise that many New Year’s resolutions revolve around exercising, eating healthier, saving money, you get the idea. And these are all really great goals! There’s no better time than the present to get started and revitalize your health, wellness, and financial security. Truly. But. It’s been a strange few years – and if you’re looking for a slightly different take on a resolution this year, we’ve got some ideas to get you started!  Monthly Challenges Did you know that the average American abandons their resolution a meager 36 days in? So instead of a year-long resolution, try monthly challenges instead! We came up with a list of ideas that will take you well into 2022.   - 30 Day Challenges: No fast food  30 days of yoga Water - Did you know that you are supposed to drink half of your body…
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Change can be Good!

Change can be Good!

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One of our favorite rooms here in the office has been what we affectionately refer to as the ‘Comfy Conference Room.’ And that’s saying something, considering we have a full kitchen and gym on-site! But there’s just something special about a conference room that has towering windows, plants aplenty, and a few couches to settle into. This room also held a special place for us as we used it once or twice a week to gather for our ‘huddles.’ During these huddles, we’d each get a chance to share our current workload, dive into some fun projects we were working on, and ask for assistance and guidance if we ran into road bumps. Essentially, we got to connect as a team in this room, regroup, and go back out and…
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Don’t Forget to Fall Back!

Don’t Forget to Fall Back!

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It's that time of year again!  Whether you love sleeping in an extra hour or hate the fact that it messes with your internal clock for days (or usually, both!), we're about to set our clocks back one hour this weekend.  But... why? 1784Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin wrote an essay that jokingly suggested getting out of bed earlier and making better use of the natural morning light.  He pitched the idea as a money-saver (or rather candle wax saver) and was, in essence, poking fun at the French.  The amount of sunlight that goes wasted each morning would come as a shock to his readers who "have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon". 1895George Vernon HudsonEntomologist George Vernon Hudson presents the idea of daylight saving time to the Royal…
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3D Printing

3D Printing

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ASI has always had a culture of learning.  Heck, half of our staff has over 25+ years of IT and Insurance experience, so it's just about required as we start to get more employees!  One of our amazing mentors, Steve, has recently introduced Tech Nights to ASI.  And while I'll save the topic of Tech Nights for another day, let's just say they've been a hit. [video src="https://www.asiwi.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_3482.1_1.mp4"] Last week Steve brought in two 3D printers for us to 'play' with!  I don't know about you, but to me, 3D printers are still things of movies and magic.  For example, I think of Iron Man 3D printing his suit or Oceans 8 replicating a cubic zirconia diamond necklace - flawlessly, of course!  And even though both examples are somewhat fantastical…
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