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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...

Beyond Speed: Future Proofing Your Network Strategy

July 25, 2016 Comments (0)           

Speed has always attracted a premium in financial markets. In the 19th century that might have involved carrier pigeons and telegraphs. In more recent times it has meant fibre optics and microwave technology. Either way, the proposition is simple: the faster you are, the more likely you will be to have an edge over others competing in the same space.
But achieving the lowest possible latency is no longer the be-all-end-all priority for market participants that it once was. Financial services...

Network technology: It’s complicated… but in a good way

July 18, 2016 Comments (0)           

Whether we’re talking about a small, focused hedge fund or a sprawling international investment bank, one of the most decisive factors in terms of the difference between profit and loss is the trading network the firm has.
There are more than half a million miles of fibre optic cables underneath the world’s oceans and endless more under the ground, all of them crisscrossing the globe to carry millions of orders, trade confirmations and other data each second. There are microwave...

The art of collaboration: how technology makes all the difference

June 27, 2016 Comments (0)           

Many great ideas don’t come from individuals. They come from groups. The interplay that occurs when people collaborate – be it with colleagues, clients or partners – is often what generates the most resilient thinking and the best results.
For financial firms working in complex, microsecond-sensitive environments, creating the conditions for effective collaboration is not always a simple matter. The challenges may be broader than just having good technological systems, but...

Blockchain – the next big thing in Financial Services?

June 6, 2016 Comments (0)           

If there is one topic that has accelerated its way up the hype cycle in late 2015/early 2016, that topic is blockchain. I remember being at a FinTech event a little over a year ago, when it wasn’t even on the agenda. Fast-forward to today and it seems like everyone is now talking about potential use cases for blockchain technology.
The blockchain technology has the potential to transform a number of areas across the post-trade landscape, bringing about more efficiency, lower costs and...