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Stef Weegels wrote a new blog post titled How are you responding to today’s data management challenges?
By Stef Weegels, Verne Global Regulatory change is driving a fundamental shift in how banks and brokers organise their data management processes and supporting infrastructures. The writing has been on the wall for pure-play, in-house approaches for some time, but now the demands of the post-crisis regulatory framework make the evidence in favour of hybrid strategies impossible to ignore. In the aftermath of a new risk reporting and aggregation framework under BCBS 239, stress tests set by central banks, and the capital and liquidity restraints of Basel III, banks and brokers face further...
14 hours ago,(09:46)
Stef Weegels wrote a new blog post titled Iceland’s Unrivalled Low Risk Profile
In my fourth blogs on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at some of the perceptions and myths about the country’s risk profile and identify how and why Iceland, in fact, tops the World Risk Index, with the lowest risk profile. When deciding on data center location, firms need to consider a range of criteria. Obvious ones include initial and on-going costs, connectivity, space and availability of managed service. Equally important are factors such as regulatory regime, social/political stability, local work environment and climate. The final...
8 days ago,(2017/08/16)
Simon Vincent wrote a new blog post titled To boost your bottom line, the key is to start in the middle
By Simon Vincent, Software AG Banks and other financial trading firms are under constant pressure to improve their bottom lines. The pressure often is felt most acutely in terms of a focus on operational efficiencies, which only stands to reason as technological progress offers firms the scope to do more with less. But where should those efficiencies come from and how should firms approach the matter? If we think in terms of front, middle and back office operations, a compelling case can be made for focusing on the middle. Too often firms see technology as a magic wand which, once waved,...
8 days ago,(2017/08/16)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Roundtable Report - FX Flows to the East
Future growth in foreign exchange is widely expected to come from Asia rather than traditional western hubs. Financial Institutions and infrastructure providers need to make sure they are ready. Magnetic fields cannot be seen by the human eye, but they create complex, powerful forces that can pull large materials together and push others apart with equal strength. Similar forces are at work in the foreign exchange market, where a range of factors appear to be drawing increased trading to eastern hubs such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. Speaking at an executive discussion in London on...
13 days ago,(2017/08/11)
Certeco wrote a new blog post titled Roundtable Report - Software Testing in Financial Services - Is the Price of Success Paid in Advance?
It is well documented that banking technology is both aging and under increasing pressure to perform. At the heart of this pressure is the need for faster and more reliable technology and software.  To drive the deployment of up to date technologies and applications under tight timescales but without compromising quality, the banks are increasingly aware of the need to adopt a ‘shift left’ approach in the assurance and testing process.   On 13 July 2017 a roundtable of testing experts in financial services, organised by The Realization Group and change...
15 days ago,(2017/08/09)
Stef Weegels wrote a new blog post titled Iceland offers excellent connectivity to major financial hubs
In part three of my series on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at the country’s excellent cable connectivity to Europe and North America and review some of the use cases for financial services firms. The ability to securely and efficiently deliver data is an essential requirement of any international data center, and Iceland is outstanding in this regard. Strategically located in the North Atlantic, with a submarine cable network built on the latest technology that future-proofs both capacity and performance, and with the availability of...
17 days ago,(2017/08/07)
AQMetrics wrote a new blog post titled MiFID II: Addressing the Challenges Together
With the final implementation of MiFID II now a mere six months away, the time has come for individual firms to seriously consider how these rules will impact them and the daily running of their business. At AQMetrics, we believe this can best be achieved by meeting with your industry peers in order to discuss, share and collaborate to jointly find workable solutions for the myriad of issues this new regulation presents. And so, with this aim in mind, last week we held our inaugural MiFID II meetup in London, bringing together industry professionals from across the financial services industry...
17 days ago,(2017/08/07)
Verne Global wrote a new blog post titled Roundtable Report - Fine-tuning the performance of HPC for financial services
By Stef Weegels, Global Director of Sales, Verne Global   Last month a roundtable hosted by the Realization Group and Verne Global, saw a group of industry experts – including lead participants from NVIDIA, Numerical Algorithms Group, bigxyt and the National Physical Laboratory - pick out the key issues that finance needs to address in order to fully realise the value of high performance computing (HPC). HPC used to enhance the performance of solutions with a heavy compute component, has a long legacy within industry. Today, its potential within...
17 days ago,(2017/08/07)
Simon Vincent wrote a new blog post titled “Dad, are you better than a robot?”
In London this week, many young people who are leaving school have been doing their work experience. Exams finished, their enthusiasm, momentum and keen intellect are being turned to real-world problems. Hence the discussion I witnessed on a train leaving the City the other day. A lad of 16 or more years turned to his dad and said: “I am amazed at the amount duplication of work that goes on at your firm.” His dad looked back with an enquiring eyebrow. “I would have thought that things would have been a lot more automated,” the young man continued. “Surely...
21 days ago,(2017/08/03)
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21 days ago,(2017/08/03)
Amrish Ganatra wrote a new blog post titled FCA’s Policy Statement: Five key points regarding research
Earlier this month, the FCA released its second and final Policy Statement on MiFID II implementation. Chapter 7 of the document, which relates specifically to research, has thrown up some important points that we believe should be highlighted. Ex-ante methodology In its response on valuation and pricing of research, the FCA states that firms need to formulate ‘a clear methodology to establish what they expect to pay providers for research before they receive and consume services’. [My italics]. This is different to what firms have typically done in the past with a...
27 days ago,(2017/07/28)
Stef Weegels wrote a new blog post titled When it comes to TCO, Iceland offers the best value as a data center location
In part two of my series on Iceland’s suitability as a strategic data center location, I look at the various costs to financial services firms compared with other locations, and why Iceland represents the best value. In Citihub Consulting’s recent report on Iceland as a strategic data center location, the total cost of ownership of hosting in Iceland was compared with hosting in other major financial hubs in Europe and North America, based on the following criteria: The cost of physical space and capacity The cost of power The efficiency of power and cooling The...
27 days ago,(2017/07/28)
AQMetrics wrote a new blog post titled More Than a Number – The Pressure on CCOs and CFOs for Data Accuracy
By Ryan Kipp, Head of Sales Americas, AQMetrics Speaking at this year’s Global Alternative Investment Management Conference (GAIM), Suzan Rose, chief compliance officer (CCO) at Marshall Wace North America, voiced one of the key pressures facing anyone registered as CCO of an investment fund, even though many are not fully aware of it. Essentially, any CCO who submits false statements or omissions may face criminal prosecution. But how can funds ensure they are achieving the necessary levels of transparency and accuracy required by the regulators, and why is this process not always...
28 days ago,(2017/07/27)
Matthew Lempriere wrote a new blog post titled Four ways that programmable networks help financial enterprises compete in today’s global markets
Financial Service firms that want to stay competitive in today’s globally connected markets face a number of network challenges. With an increasing focus on digitization, demand for bandwidth continues to grow as data proliferates. Clients, counterparties and trading venues are diverse and dispersed. A multitude of technologies, running across multiple platforms, based on a variety of protocols, need to be connected to each other. In addition, many firms are reluctant to spend too heavily on network infrastructure, and the need for security is ever greater as cyber-threats continue to...
28 days ago,(2017/07/27)
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28 days ago,(2017/07/27)
Charles Platt wrote a new blog post titled Why Star Wars’ robots are deliberately annoying
The Star Wars universe is filled with annoying robots; they are terrible workers, nervous, inattentive and sloppy. There is a good reason behind that. For George Lucas, it seems these flawed robots were created as a plot device to justify armies of human clones. Ironically, he had to give his robots “human” qualities to justify increasing headcount. Back in the real world, the finance industry is not sold on cloning its employees to tackle productivity. Far from it; robo-advisors are billed as replacements for armies of humans precisely because they lack the human...
34 days ago,(2017/07/21)