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R.D. Hood
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2000 - 10:14 am:   

Jim, Having read the book, incidently, the first week it was published. Having recommened it to several businesses, to which I consult, I must heartily agree with your comments.

In addition, those individuals, who did NOT read the original book written by Mr.Gates, "The Road Ahead", may be well advised to obtain a copy and realize that his comments made then, are in fact, truth today.

The man did not become one of the weatheliest people in the world by not being a visionary.

It is indeed sad to think that we as a group of extremely intelligent professionals will still view the world as flat, when we know it is not. Yet some still cannot see the forest for the trees. The work will be there, how and when and where we work will be the ticket.

If we will only join and utilize this CADO location, bone up on the presently available technology, acclimate ourselves to the "real world" of our business endeavors, we will all benefit so much more , including monetary gain, ease of work load, prefered work locations, type of work desired, expansion of our own fields of expertise, etc.

However, some choose to re-invent the wheel,on a daily basis, and that is their right.

I for one , will take advantage of EVERY TOOL, thought, software, hardware, information, assistance, lead, and whatever else becomes available to make my life easier to live, allow more home time, earn substancially more income and enjoy what time is left, and am willing to share this information here.

If some of the most prominent business leaders in the world have agreed with, contributed to, and commented upon the book you recommended, why would we mere mortals not take the time to invest the time to read and comprehend the message?
john postava
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2000 - 8:36 am:   

Realistic: I don't think you have to worry too much about software vendors adding more to an adjuster's workload. Yes, the industry now makes adjusters learn different estimating, mapping, CAD, word-processing and form generation systems for each and every carrier you work, for but on the flip side of that, we vendors have to keep up with all the changes "Billy" comes up with (and fix the holes in his Windows operating system along the way). Unless you're a developer (or know one) you have no idea of the problems we encounter on a daily basis (Thanks Bill)!
To Jim F.: Think back ten years to 1989 (Hugo). Could you IMAGINE having to hand-write all the claims you probably handled during that storm?! Yes, adjusting software has created its own set of additional work issues(like any other software), but I for one love the way the final product looks and the professional image a good computer-generated estimate and closing reports reflects on myself and my company. Whichever software you use, be sure to learn all you can about it and really give it a run for its money! In the end you can only benfit by it (and maybe help other adjusters) and raise the bar of catastrophe adjustment quality to new heights!
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2000 - 5:49 am:   

Don't be giving the vendors or the carriers any more ideas to increase our workload more than it is.
Jim Flynt
Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2000 - 2:51 am:   

Many of you are at home this time of year waiting for a winter storm or getting ready for the year ahead, and maybe with some extra time on your hands.

For those so inclined to self improvement, may I commend to you an excellent book, "Business at the Speed of Thought" by Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft. Gates shows us the future of "business" and for those with only a modicum of imagination, how even we as cat adjusters will be doing things differently within the next 10 years.

I further commend to you the most excellent website which is attendant with this book, which is also chock full of other resources and ideas for your perusal:

I momentarily intend to post some thoughts of my own of what changes we may see within the next 10 years within this industry and to try to predict what some of those changes might entail and how they will affect us all. May any of you also feel free to post your own thoughts of the future ahead.

Here's wishing you some happy reading and healthy self improvement.

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