Jim Daggett is co-founder and executive director of the Insurance Technology Association and serves as publisher of ITA Pro
magazine. Periodically, he checks in with the ITA membership
through the magazine to update members on the direction the
ITA plans to take.
The ITA has been in operation for two years now
and you have accomplished a great deal. In your
personal vision of the ITA and what has been
done, what would you like to see enhanced or
started to make the association reach the goals
you have set for it?
Jim Daggett: We are pleased with the engagement we are
receiving from our membership for sharing knowledge and
information through the pages of ITA Pro magazine and at
our conference, ITA LIVE. We would like to see continued
growth through the ITA membership, which is complimentary.
If you are reading this and haven’t done so already, please join
the ITA and your peers at www.itapro.org/mr. By growing the
organization, we can attract more insurance IT and business
leaders to our community and they can share their knowledge
and experiences for the overall improvement of our industry.
Another important goal for us is to grow our annual conference attendance at ITA LIVE. There is no greater value than
establishing new connections and reinforcing existing ones in a
What did you learn from the first ITA LIVE this
year that you want to improve on as you formu-
late ITA LIVE 2016?
Daggett: We learned a great deal from the inaugural ITA
LIVE, with the most important point being to provide an
environment where substantive dialogue can flourish among
the attendees. The ITA’s plans for improvement at ITA LIVE
2016 involve our theme, Today/Tomorrow. Our mission for this
event is to provide our attendees with tools and practical-use
studies that are being applied in our market today and how to
be forward thinking and challenge the current way of thinking
as they are prepare for what the future brings.
How can insurance business and IT leaders help
ITA LIVE 2016?
Daggett: We are currently planning our agenda/sessions
for ITA LIVE 2016 and we are always interested in discuss-
ing topics of interest
with potential speakers.
If you would like to
share an idea or case
study that can benefit
your peers in the indus-
try, please step forward
and help to foster the
ITA community. We
welcome your input.
Next month you
will meet with
members of the ITA
are they to the ITA
how do you gauge
their value as rep-
resentatives of the association?
Daggett: The ITA is excited to meet with our advisory board
in person next month in New York City. They are the guiding
hand that helps the ITA determine what is of value to their
peers in terms of content and format. The ITA Advisory Board
dedicates their time throughout the year to help shape the
publications, events, and programs we are delivering to the
You had a refresh on the ITA Online Buyers’
Guide this year. In what ways has this increased the value of the Buyers’ Guide and
are there other steps you wish to take to
make it an even better resource for insurance
Daggett: The updates for the ITA Online Buyers’ Guide were
designed to help our audience find relevant articles that will
help guide them through certain aspects of the vendor selection
process. We have organized the content into specific categories
such as change/process management, the RFP/RFI process,
thought leadership articles from solution providers, and more.
Our goal is to provide critical information, best practices, and
insights when insurers are seeking out the right technology
solution partner for their business. ITA
Building Blocks of the ITA
After staging a pair of successful events in the past 12 months and building a
larger membership base, The ITA looks to build for the future.
Inside the ITA