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The User Interface Technology Mess

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Olivier Deheurles of Adaptive Consulting, Ash Gawthorp of The Test People, Eddie McDaid of Software AG and Ofer Deshe of Tobias & Tobias, about the current state of front-end user interface (UI) technology in trading platforms, investigating how firms can future-proof their investment in UI development.

Recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of trading applications available on a variety of devices. For the firms that develop these applications, the decision around which technology to use for the user interface can be critical to the success or failure of the product. So how can firms ensure that the front end they build today will continue to satisfy the requirements of their clients tomorrow?

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Risk and Regulatory Reporting: Centralisation is Not the Answer

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Steve Willson of Violin Memory, KPMG’s Steven Hall and Rick Hawkins, Stream Financial’s Gavin Slater, and Ash Gawthorp of The Test People, about how banks should evaluate centralised versus federated approaches to intensified post-crisis risk and regulatory reporting requirements.

Regulators these days want information that is fast, detailed, comprehensive and consistent. But meeting new risk and reporting requirements is an all-but-insurmountable challenge for the often-siloed data management infrastructures of banks with diverse business lines across multiple geographies. Are banks better placed to meet these challenges by taking a federated, rather that a centralised approach to data management?

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Getting to Grips with Non-Functional Requirements

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Ash Gawthorp of The Test People, and Matt Barrett and Olivier Deheurles of Adaptive Consulting about how critical it can be for companies to take a prudent and careful approach when setting non-functional requirements for new technology

Non-functional requirements can make the difference between game-changing technology and expensive flops. A non-functional requirement doesn’t determine if the product will work, but it can determine if the product will work well. So how can businesses, particularly in ther financial markets industry, make sure their technology will satisfy these requirements? Does the answer have as much to do with mindset as with technological expertise?

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Fixing Fixed Income: Taking a Leaf Out of Social Media’s Playbook

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Paul Reynolds of Bondcube, Peter Fredriksson of Baymarkets, Stu Taylor of Algomi and Andrew Bowley of Nomura to discuss ways the financial industry can work with the buy side to address some of the structural problems that have led to chronic illiquidity in the fixed income market, and looks at some of the technology initiatives designed to address these challenges.

Also, from the buy-side perspective, Gianluca Minieri of Pioneer Investments speaks with Mike about the issues buy-side that firms face in today’s fixed income market.

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The Four Pillars of Sales Productivity at Global Investment Banks

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Matt Barrett of Adaptive Consulting, and Tony Foreman and Eddie McDaid of Software AG, about how sales productivity at global investment banks can be significantly improved by bringing together four “pillars”: management information systems; straight-through processing; control; and pro-active outreach; and how this can be achieved through a combination of business intelligence and technology innovation.

Also discussed are how technologies such as streaming analytics, complex event processing, universal messaging and in-memory data management can be utilized to support these four pillars

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Performance Considerations in FX Trading Platforms

In this article, Mike O’Hara talks to Ash Gawthorp, Matt Barrett, Andy Phillips and Dan Marcus about how technology challenges - particularly around performance – are being addressed as both the retail and the professional FX trading sectors adopt new trading platforms. Topics covered include:

- Performance of mobile trading apps, and replicating the end-user experience
- Challenges around cross-platform development
- Satisfying the needs of professional and institutional traders
- Dealing with growth in message volumes
- Can randomization prevent ‘gaming’?

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