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Iceland is establishing itself as a major financial services hosting centre

June 13, 2017 Comments (0)           

This is the first in a series of blog posts where I discuss how Iceland meets many of the key evaluation criteria for financial services firms exploring potential strategic data center locations.
A recent report published by Citihub Consulting suggests that Iceland is ideally positioned to establish itself as a major hosting centre for US and European financial services firms.
While banks have considered Iceland as a data center location in the past, its appeal has increased...

Taking the risk out of risk infrastructure

May 9, 2017 Comments (0)           

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had many discussions with my colleagues in the banking sector and it’s clear that regulations are continuously driving the need for firms to perform more compressive risk controls.
Bank stress testing has become more onerous since the US Federal Reserve introduced the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). In Europe, MiFID II and MiFIR will increase the number of risk controls that firms across the industry will need to run. And in...

Post Event Report - Building the Future of Finance with AI and Machine Learning

April 6, 2017 Comments (0)           

Post event report by Stef Weegels on the Verne Global and Realization Group “Building the Future of Finance” roundtable, held at the SAS Innovation Lab, London 16 March 2017
Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy and depends on effective data and computing power, but the case for harnessing the technology in financial services is growing rapidly, according to speakers at a Verne Global roundtable.
What is the precise difference between artificial...

Grasping opportunity in an uncertain world

January 20, 2017 Comments (0)           

If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. As financial markets participants look to 2017 and beyond, perhaps the key lesson is to remember the importance of retaining operational flexibility. Responding quickly and effectively to both opportunity and challenge has always been critical to success in the financial markets, but perhaps never before has technology infrastructure played such a large part.
One area that is helping firms to handle complexity and...