Would you recommend it to handle all of the actuarial work, meaning, the
analysis of the resulting objects of the data that will lead to your actuarial
indications? Or for housing the individual transaction information and for
easiest i.e. most flexible and fastest aggregation of that data to your
vectors, triangles, scalars? Just curious, because what I usually hear, and
yes Kirk, many large insurance companies are within the SAS environment
(Travelers, Zurich, Farmers as previously mentioned, USF&G for some), is that
its not user-friendly for a "non-programmer" type, its difficult to store
calculated results back to it which can then be sent to Corporate Finance and
Accounting for reporting and one person's work is not easily transferred to
another due to all of the coding that needs to be done. Would you say that's
Also, have they worked on the reporting mechanisms to give them a more windows
look and feel?
Doesn't Excel coupled with a client/server database (over APL for windows and
SAS) allow for matrix algebra in a windows environment and represent a flexible
and powerful tool, that will also be easier and cheaper to implement and share
across multiple users and departments over time? Plus, it has the flexibility,
like SAS, to read many file types?
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