We were excited to be at NAILBA this year for our second time and it was great for so many reasons--but mostly, to see some old friends that we’ve known for many years and meet some new ones that we hope to share experiences with for years to come. It was also great to have an opportunity show the industry how far we’ve come and to hear the positive feedback about our offerings.
You’ve probably already heard, but this year, we’ve introduced two new products: expedite (eDelivery platform) and Annuva (annuity maintenance solution). While developing Annuva and expedite, we spent considerable time, energy and resources ensuring that the User Interface (UI) of these new offerings led to enjoyable and efficient experiences. Wikipedia calls UI “the space where interactions between humans and machines occur.” But, in the context of Annuva and expedite, you can just think of the UI as the way the design makes you feel about your experience with the product.
In 1983, Motorolla released the Motorolla DynaTAC 8000X. On the market for $4000, It was the first commercial mobile phone and offered a mere 30 minutes of talk time. Fast forward a few decades, and smartphones are more common than toilets (this is true: more people in the word have phones than toilets). A stark contrast to 30 minutes of daily talk time, today, the average person unlocks his or her cell phone 110 times per day.
Last week, several members of our team had the opportunity to attend IRI Ops & Tech in New Orleans. We had a great time connecting with old and new friends, hearing about the latest trends and updates in the retirement income industry, and learning about IRI’s current and upcoming initiatives.