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Blockchain for financial institutions

December 19, 2017 Comments (0)           

Firms operating in the financial services industry must wonder when this era of digital disruption will end and ‘business as usual’ start again. It is unlikely to happen any time soon because the blockchain, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) with immense transformational potential, is maturing rapidly.
Blockchain is a secure database shared by all parties participating in an established, distributed network of computers. It records and stores every transaction that occurs in...

Can Big Data deliver a Big Future for banks?

December 12, 2017 Comments (0)           

Banks have always collected and stored large volumes of data to inform their business decisions. Today, the scale and speed at which data is being created and interpreted might seem overwhelming, but for firms that harness big data it can provide critical competitive advantages.
Innovative firms throughout the industry are using advanced analytics tools to inform product and service development, reach new markets, and optimise processes and functions. For example, capital market institutions...

Four ways that programmable networks help financial enterprises compete in today’s global markets

July 27, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Targeting Asia: Developing an infrastructure strategy as liquidity moves east

July 11, 2017 Comments (0)           

One of the truisms of financial markets is that liquidity begets liquidity. Market participants, justifiably, want to be where they know they have the best chance of buying or selling, particularly when conditions are stressed. So it stands to reason that both sell-side and buy-side players are taking a closer look at trading opportunities in the Asian region given data from the Bank for International Settlements suggests liquidity is on the rise in Asia’s foreign exchange markets, at a...

Network flexibility and its impact on growth

May 22, 2017 Comments (0)           

After almost a decade focused on readjustment, restructuring and regulatory reform, financial institutions are now starting to pay more attention to returns and revenue generation. Optimisation of IT and network infrastructure is a fundamental aspect of this.
A wave of unprecedented technology innovation has reshaped consumer experiences and expectations across many industries in the last ten years or so. However, in the wake of the global financial crisis, financial institutions have...

Delivering on demand – the key to winning market share for banks

May 3, 2017 Comments (0)           

It’s not just new technology, new business models and a keen understanding of a new generation of consumers that Fintech firms are deploying to win market share from incumbent financial service providers. Fintechs have also embraced new approaches to product release cycles in anticipation of fast-evolving customer demand. How can banks compete?
Through agile software development (sometimes dubbed ‘fail fast’) nimble newcomers in the finance sector are pushing out new...

Thoughts from the FX Global Steering Meeting

January 31, 2017 Comments (0)           

I recently returned from a trip to London, where I attended the FX Hive’s 4th Annual Global Foreign Exchange (FX) Steering Meeting, which was co-sponsored by Telstra.

This was mainly a buy-side focused event, attended by some of the leading asset managers, hedge funds and trading firms that drive the global FX trading industry.

Run as a steering meeting, with the goal of helping institutional market participants understand the evolution of the FX market structure and associated...

How Federated Data Lakes Transform Big Data into Business Insight

October 3, 2016 Comments (0)           

Firms operating in financial markets today face increasing challenges around the growth of ‘big data’. With the ability to collect, record, store and retrieve more data than ever before, how do firms make sense of it all in a way that provides useful and useable business insight? 
The big data challenge Whether a firm wants to understand its customers’ needs better by examining interactions across multiple channels, or to satisfy regulatory demands by locating all data...

Leading the way with High Capacity and Low Latency Networks

September 13, 2016 Comments (0)           

Recently Gartner, for the second year running, gave Telstra the highest product scores for High-Capacity Network and Low-Latency Network in Asia Pacific, two of the four Use Cases in the July 2016 Gartner Critical Capabilities Report for Network Services, Asia/Pacific.
We feel this is testament to the work we have been doing and the investments we have been making to expand and improve our network services in the region, and in particular our Optical Transport Network (OTN)...

Round Table Report - 'Trading Conversation Technology & Compliance'

September 12, 2016 Comments (0)           

Discussion hosted by Telstra in New York on 7th July, 2016, featuring Telstra, enepath, Insightful Technology and Academy Securities, and facilitated by The Realization Group and The Mankoff Company
In recent years, much of the focus on regulation and compliance in financial markets has been focused on electronic trading. As a result, most firms engaged in electronic, algorithmic, automated or high frequency trading now have the necessary checks and balances in place, as well as the ability...