Should Anthem and Cigna manage to accomplish their proposed $48 billion merger, senior IT management will have plenty to do, and headcount and budgets likely would increase, at least in the short term, according to industry experts.

Economies of scale are cited as a major driver of insurance M&A, and consolidation is a means of gaining access quickly to robust technology resources, as described in Swiss Re’s March 2015 Sigma report on M&A activity in insurance.

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