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De viktigaste drivkrafterna för att utnyttja IT inom försäkringsbranschen mellan 1960–1985: Transkript av ett vittnesseminarium vid Tekniska museet i Stockholm den 28 november 2007
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology.
2008 (Swedish)Report (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The witness seminar “De viktigaste drivkrafterna för att utnyttja IT inom försäkringsbranschen mellan 1960–1985” [The Major Driving Forces for IT Use in the Insurance Industry] was held at Tekniska museet [the National Museum of Science and Technology] in Stockholm on November 28, 2007 and was led by Rune Brandinger. Different aspects of the use of information systems and information technology in the early days in Swedish insurance companies were discussed and debated at the seminar. Insurance companies were the first to use commercial computers and the discussion started with the first routines that were automated using computers. The fact that the insurance business started using computers at an early stage is probably because of the uniqueness in the quantity of statistical data that are used and compiled. The insurance industry is also the most extensive user of data processing in the private sector. Some important milestones making an important step in data processing were identified, such as the start of using Swedish social security numbers, and car registration numbers as identifiers in the computer systems. This both cut costs and provided a higher level of service to customers. Without the use of computers the expansion in the business would not have been possible, at least not without enormous numbers of employees. The insurance industry has a long tradition of mergers and acquisitions and IT has played an important part in most of the mergers in the studied time period. IBM was the preferred supplier in the industry but there were also Swedish companies like Datasaab. In the 70’s and the 80’s Swedish insurance companies were in the fore-front of successful IT use.

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2008. , 56 p.
Trita-HST, ISSN 1103-5277 ; 2008:27
datorer och databehandling, datorisering – effekter på samhället, historia – 1945-, historia – datorer, informationsteknik, teknikhistoria, vetenskapshistoria, vittnesseminarium
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History of Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9678ISRN: KTH/HST/WP 2008/27-SEISBN: 978-91-7415-056-8OAI: diva2:126959
Available from: 2008-12-10 Created: 2008-11-26 Last updated: 2010-04-28

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