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The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Roundtable Report - Embracing the sharing economy: Why outsourcing financial infrastructure is taking off
During October 2017, The Realization Group, together with McKay Brothers, Interxion and Options Technology, hosted a round table to discuss a trend whereby increasing numbers of financial firms are now outsourcing vital parts of their trading infrastructure. Driven partly by regulatory requirements as well as cost considerations, many companies are discovering that outsourcing makes for a compelling business case. For many years, the objection, particularly at large banks, was that it was not safe to hand over mission-critical parts of an operation to external companies. That concern has...
38 days ago,(2017/10/18)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Do Good to Do Better: How a focus on ESG can improve financial performance as well as the climate
Barbara Kingsolver’s novel ‘Flight Behaviour’ tells the story of monarch butterflies who cannot use their normal winter site in Mexico because of a warming climate. In the book an entimologist asks what is the use of saving a world that has no soul: “Continents without butterflies, to seas without coral reefs, he meant. What if all human effort amounted basically to saving a place for ourselves to park?” The financial industry has been looking for ways to help save the soul of the planet through sustainable investing, which considers environmental, social and...
38 days ago,(2017/10/18)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Technology and Business Strategy Innovation in Finance with AI and Deep Learning
Deep learning, or the ability of machines to learn tasks using artificial neural networks, has been around since the mid-1960s. In recent years, however, with advances in computation and storage technologies enabling the large quantities of data required for effective neural networks to be rapidly processed, the use of deep learning is increasingly being explored across multiple industries and geographies. In this article, Mike O’Hara and Joel Clark of The Realization Group discuss the possible use cases of deep learning within financials services, as well as the challenges that arise...
54 days ago,(2017/10/02)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled The DevOps Journey: Winning the battle of hearts and minds
In this article The Realization Group investigate the increasingly popular development method of DevOps, focusing specifically on what kinds of organisational and cultural changes are involved in a successful transition that will deliver real benefits. There is no question that DevOps has gained buzzword status in the IT community. But how does a firm begin to adopt the approach and what are the biggest challenges along the way? Mike and Adam talk to a diverse group of experts, featuring IT specialists, consultants and corporate managers who are operating on the front line of the DevOps...
61 days ago,(2017/09/25)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Raising the Bar: Responding to the RegTech data management challenge
Banks and brokers might feel they are being pushed and pulled in different directions by multiple post-crisis regulatory reforms, but a common requirement across the new rules is for more detailed and timely data of known quality and provenance. To meet regulators’ expectations, banks must store, access, and process data on a scale never previously anticipated. As such, their technology executives are re-examining their operating infrastructures to ensure they have the storage and compute capabilities to operate effectively in the new, but still emerging, environment, looking not only...
74 days ago,(2017/09/11)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled For trading infrastructure, the buy-build question increasingly favours buy
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at the trend of financial firms – on both the sell side and the buy side – outsourcing their trading infrastructure to specialist providers at co-located data centres. The prospect of outsourcing such a vital part of a trading firm’s operations has enormous implications, from cost to performance to business models. Mike and Adam hear from Stéphane Tyč, Co-founder of McKay Brothers, Ken Barnes, Senior Vice President of Options Technology and Bill Fenick, Strategy and Marketing Director at...
74 days ago,(2017/09/11)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Smarter Operations: Why Middle Office needs to become the New Front Office
In this article, Mike O’Hara and Adam Cox of The Realization Group look at the future of middle-office systems for banks and trading firms. Many of these companies are now relying on hodgepodge solutions, systems that essentially rest upon legacy technology and have been in need of modernisation for years. It’s hardly an optimum state of affairs and the impact can be enormous. To give a simple example: If a firm needs to overcompensate because its overnight collateral calculations may be ever so slightly off, it can result in millions of dollars’ worth of extra collateral...
74 days ago,(2017/09/11)
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...
105 days ago,(2017/08/11)
The Realization Group wrote a new blog post titled Software Testing in Financial Services – is the price of success paid for in advance?
  In this paper, Mike O’Hara and Dan Barnes of The Realization Group investigate the trends and dynamics that are reframing the way that testing is viewed and managed within financial services, in conversation with Sascha McDonald, Founding Director of CloudLoad.io; Graham Perry, Manager for the UK & Ireland at Neotys; Rob Jacobs, Director of Engineering Operations at Worldpay; Matt Roberts, Lead Consultant at Cake Solutions; and Darren Stocks, Head of Testing & Quality Assurance at change management consultancy Certeco.   Introduction Banks are advocating earlier...
141 days ago,(2017/07/06)