As a new year begins, insurers face multiple challenges.

On one hand, there is a macroeconomic crisis on a planet with increased climate risk and an increasingly aging population. On the other hand, the sector takes on challenges that can be seen in other industries, such as regulatory compliance, Environment, Society and Governance (ESG) requirements, and adapting to an increasingly digital and multi-platform client.

These challenges, however, are not a barrier to the adoption of new technologies. At SDG, we help companies design analytics strategies to generate insights that improve organizational decision-making and operational processes. Moreover, data management is becoming increasingly fundamental to the success of any company, and AI can help many insurers to grow their industry standing. 

We have identified 9 trends that will set the agenda for the insurance sector this year: 


1. Hyper Automation of the Construction of Data Fabrics

The adoption of advanced, integrated automation technologies in the insurance sector has the potential to fundamentally transform delivery of services and customer engagement while improving efficiency and adaptability. Automating quotes, underwriting and claims, detecting changes in customer conditions, the renewal process, and/or loss prevention are all areas where hyper-automation improves operational efficiency, decision making, customer experience and the ability to adapt to changes in real time.


2. The Gen AI Catalyst

The rise of generative AI in multimodal content generation has the potential to revolutionize the way insurance companies interact with their customers, automate processes, and improve communication. These advancements deliver significant benefits in terms of efficiency, personalization, and creativity. This continuous improvement is sure to have positive impacts in several areas of the sector, such as the generation of personalized policy content, visual simulations of risks and coverages, as well as the generation of content, including images and text narratives, for insurance mobile applications.


3. The New Transactional Analytics

The adoption of Hybrid Transactional/Analytical Processing (HTAP) in the insurance industry can transform the way companies manage and analyze data, improving agility and decision making. By enabling analytical queries on transactional data in real time, HTAP contributes to a more efficient operation that is more responsive to market and policyholder demands. The new transactional analytics will have a particular impact on real-time fraud prevention by enabling early detection of fraud patterns in real-time transaction analysis. The application of these analytics also enables the anticipation of market trends, the optimization of resources and costs, as well as regulatory compliance.


4. Trustworthy & Admissible AI

The adoption of more reliable and ethical artificial intelligence redefines the standards of excellence in the insurance industry. From accurate risk assessment to effective fraud detection, ethical AI emerges as an essential pillar to provide personalized and transparent services. Implementing ethical policies and frameworks that ensure ethical data management not only strengthens customer trust, but also prevents discrimination, thus promoting fair and equitable practices in the insurance industry. This is especially important given the constantly evolving regulatory environment, as it ensures that AI practices are aligned with relevant laws and regulations. In addition, it certifies that confidential policyholder information is protected, mitigating risks related to privacy and data security.


5. Intelligence-Enriched Business Applications

This approach enhances insurers' ability to make informed decisions and offer services tailored to changing market and policyholder needs. It also undoubtedly improves operational efficiency by minimizing errors, allowing insurers to focus on strategic and higher-value tasks such as changes in demand and other key factors that influence business strategy.


6. AI-Enhanced ESG

The integration of ESG criteria has not only become standard practice for measuring the progress and impact of organizations in terms of sustainability, but also improves the reliability of sustainability reporting. This offers a strategic advantage for insurers by providing a more comprehensive assessment of risks and aligning with growing expectations in terms of sustainability and corporate responsibility. This approach contributes to more effective risk management in a world increasingly focused on sustainability. The use of AI in this area will have a major impact on improving social risk assessment, as this data allows insurers to evaluate aspects related to human resource management, labor practices, and community relations. This contributes to a comprehensive risk assessment that goes beyond financial aspects. In addition, the impact on insurers' reputation is a key element: consumers and business partners increasingly value sustainability and corporate responsibility, so consideration of ESG data can positively impact brand perception and customer retention.


7. A New Dawn for Business Intelligence

The ability to analyze data more quickly, accurately, and accessibly drives innovation and competitiveness in the insurance industry. The digitization of business intelligence in the insurance sector has a positive impact on a variety of use cases, from loss prevention to internal operations optimization. These cases show how digitization can drive efficiency and adaptability in a dynamic business environment.


8. Modern Data Platforms

The evolution towards more integrated and intelligent platforms in the insurance industry will provide great adaptability to the changes in the business environment that the insurance industry is constantly undergoing. This point is essential for insurance companies to remain competitive in a constantly evolving market. One of the challenges that this evolution seeks to resolve is greater data interconnection and internal collaboration, as these more integrated platforms allow different insurance departments and areas to share data more effectively, improving consistency and facilitating a holistic understanding of all the operations involved.


9. The Next Leap in Artificial Intelligence

The arrival of a new wave of innovation has the potential to have a significant and transformative impact on the insurance industry. This leap will provide a new paradigm in areas that will gain importance as the wider adoption of blockchain technologies and smart contracts could transform policy management. Collaboration with technology startups (Insurtech) could drive rapid adoption of innovative solutions and lead to new business models, expanding beyond the current insurance offering.


In short, insurers willing to embrace new technologies such as AI, automation, and machine learning have a unique opportunity to achieve higher business performance and differentiate value from their competitors.