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The Future of Health Insurance in the United States

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Is the 20th century model still viable in the 21st century’s new economy? The 20th century’s health insurance business model based on risk pooling no longer reflects the social, technical, economic, and political realities of the 21st century. The new reality and long-term trend suggest that health insurance in the US will evolve into a third-party administrator (TPA) of value-based claims processing on behalf of government entities, where the lowest cost provider of services will win in the marketplace. Download the complete op-ed:

John Bradshaw and John Blankenbaker quoted in Procurement Leaders magazine

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SSA & Company Vice President John Bradshaw and Principal Data Scientist John Blankenbaker were quoted in Procurement Leaders Magazine on creating a predictive analytics team within an organization. In today’s digital revolution, any company can adopt predictive analytics in its operations, but Bradshaw notes “it may require upscaling staff through training.” Blankenbaker explains that companies must be strategic when developing their predictive talent pools. Many companies tend to hire any data scientists, and they may not have a “sense of your business or a real interest in a particular domain, which could limit their effectiveness.” Blankenbaker suggests initiating and developing an analytics team from within. “Maybe it’s an ‘Excel jockey’ who knows about generating reports and may be underutilized, but understands a lot about the business.” Read the full article.   John Bradshaw is a Vice President at SSA &…

John Rodgers and Nick Kramer contribute to CFO Tech Outlook, “How do data analytics-savvy CFOs stay ahead of the game?”

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SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Nick Kramer authored “How do data analytics-savvy CFOs stay ahead of the game?” in CFO Tech Outlook. New technologies, additional data, and other digital disruptions dramatically impacted today’s business landscape. Consequently, CFOs must lead efforts to adopt and invest in digitization and analytics as a broad business initiative to improve company performance. The authors suggest CFOs must “identify, measure, and view non-financial performance indicators that predict financial performance” and apply analytics to strategic key performance indicators (KPIs). Examples include improving forecasting and go-to-market speed, managing brand reputation risk through analytics, understanding customer behavior to drive financial performance, and applying predictive modeling to customer behavior to improve receivables. With direct control over IT, CFOs must fully utilize new technology tools and ensure transformation and ROI. CFOs could accomplish this by first identifying today’s data needs…

John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva featured in Insurance Innovation Reporter

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SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva authored, “4 Ways Established Insurers Must Future-Proof Their Organizations” in Insurance Innovation Reporter. While digitally born insurance firms may have advantage in today’s increasingly digital landscape, legacy insurers can still “achieve the flexibility of a startup while maintaining the benefits of a market leader.” Though the tools and landscape equity loan interest rates are new, the strategic questions leadership should ask are not. When adopting digital tools, established insurers must pursue the greatest areas of value. Successful companies first implement pilot programs and then scale successful ones to build long-term capabilities that sustain results. Insurers should also “rethink organizational structures to make them more product-focused, redefine roles, and improve links between business and technology,” to become more agile. When employees understand and embrace the opportunities to be gained, new digital tools can “empower them to solve…

SSA & Company Notebook | Summer 2017

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Ideas That Made Us Think Delivering on Robotic Process Automation’s Promise Robotic process automation (RPA) can fundamentally change the way companies operate. While many financial services firms have experimented with the technology, universal best practices have yet to surface, leaving many to learn as they go. Deutsche Bank made significant investments in RPA over the past year, integrating it in trade, finance, cash and loan operations, taxes, and employee training functions. Deutsche Bank achieved 30-70% automation in each area. Dean Mazboudi, former head of Deutsche Bank’s innovation arm says, “I don’t think robots will ever replace humans. But robots will make humans more efficient and smarter.” He also notes automating monotonous tasks can increase employee satisfaction. RPA is poised to be embraced by more companies and industries, and leadership must recognize that RPA can deliver significant benefits if done properly.…

SSA & Company’s Paul de Janosi and Nick Kramer featured in Private Funds Management

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SSA & Company’s Paul de Janosi and Nick Kramer recently authored an article in Private Funds Management on how private equity companies should think about data across their holdings. Their article, “Closing the ‘Digital Opportunity Gap,’” argues that all private equity firms can maximize the value loan fees amortization of their operating companies’ data by building “a shared digital platform to support portfolio company analytics and operations and embed this service in their portfolio operations teams.” Every industry can access more data than ever before, yet many small-to-middle market companies struggle to analyze and act on their data. PE firms specifically have the funds and “the scale to cost-effectively build the platform and capabilities for their portfolio companies.” The authors suggest a list of next steps PE firms can take to “be best positioned to reap the benefits of this data-driven revolution—creating stronger…

Jason Meil quoted in U.S. News & World Report

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SSA & Company’s Jason Meil, Managing Director of New Products and Innovation, was quoted in U.S. News & World Report on how new technologies have massive potential for change. “The question is which will actually have a meaningful impact on businesses and consumers, and therefore be around for the long term.” Once these new technologies show impact, investors will support companies in implementing it within their businesses. One of the seven sectors to watch is big data. Meil continues, “Big data has been hyped for years, but I’d argue it still hasn’t quite delivered on the promise—yet. There is no question that the potential is enormous.” Read the full article. Jason Meil serves as Managing Director, New Products and Innovation at SSA & Company.      

Nick Kramer quoted in The Muse, “Data Science Touches Everything We Do—Here’s How to Break Into the Industry”

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SSA & Company’s Senior Director, Advanced Analytics & Data Nick Kramer was quoted in The Muse on how the growth of data loans tucson science affects data-centric positions within their departments. As data science becomes more pervasive, data scientists, data engineers, and data analysts’ responsibilities have been begun to overlap. “The buzz around data science has resulted in many companies hiring data scientists to do a data analyst’s job, who ends up cleansing and preparing data and spending very little time doing actual data science,” explains Kramer. He also notes that to be successful in the data science department, it is important to collaborate with business stakeholders to effectively communicate end goals. Read the full article.   Nick Kramer serves as Senior Director of Advanced  Analytics & Data at SSA & Company        

SSA & Company Expands its European Leadership Team to Meet Growing Demand

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SSA & Company (SSA), a New York-based global management consulting firm, announced today the addition of Philippe Rose as Managing Director. Rose will grow and lead the firm’s European private equity and industrials practice. He brings over 25 years of experience in chemicals and management consulting and formerly ran Celerant’s Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Private Equity practice. In that role, he covered the full M&A cycle, from due diligence to post-merger integration, across multiple sectors as well as working on the sell side in chemicals and pharmaceuticals. “Increasingly, our clients ask for support of their global businesses,” said Paul de Janosi, Senior Managing Director at SSA. “Philippe is a senior leader already familiar with our approach. I had the privilege of working with him over the past decade and look forward to better serving our global clients with…

Raj Thangavelsamy quoted in TechTarget on digital transformation and the C-Suite

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SSA & Company Vice President Raj Thangavelsamy was quoted in a TechTarget article on Cosabella’s digital marketing transformation. Raj notes that digital transformation should always be led by the C-Suite and not be driven by technology. Technologies, such as AI software, can change how businesses are structured. Raj asserts that companies need to first understand technology’s potential changes and how to adapt and get the most out of them. best low interest personal loans “Focusing on the business aspect and building out the skill set is very important. Then, the technology part is the easiest part – that’s just finding partners you can rely on.” Read the full article. Raj Thangavelsamy serves as Vice President at SSA & Company.