Value for Money


The expression ‘value for money’ has no meaning until after the event. It is a goal; something that we strive to deliver, something for which we plan. It is, however, a staple of the marketing toolkit. It’s claimed for every level of customer: from the manufacturer’s board, through the sales process to the eventual consumer, everyone is assured that whatever they are being asked to buy represents ‘value for money’.

Products are for life, not just for Christmas


The other week I was asked to speak at a Society of Actuaries in Ireland meeting on the subject of product governance. Gone are the times when products could be designed, priced and forgotten about – unless of course sales weren’t hitting target or profit numbers looked terrible in which case the product became top of everyone’s agenda.

How does Microsoft’s new machine learning platform stack up?

Azure is Microsoft’s answer to the general shift towards cloud services, they are building modular tools and one of them is the recently launched machine learning tool. Leading pricing actuaries and analysts are looking to apply machine learning to solve business problems. But do you need one, and should you get one?

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