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Roundtable Report - Embracing the sharing economy: Why outsourcing financial infrastructure is taking off

October 18, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Do Good to Do Better: How a focus on ESG can improve financial performance as well as the climate

October 18, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Technology and Business Strategy Innovation in Finance with AI and Deep Learning

October 2, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

The DevOps Journey: Winning the battle of hearts and minds

September 25, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Raising the Bar: Responding to the RegTech data management challenge

September 11, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

For trading infrastructure, the buy-build question increasingly favours buy

September 11, 2017 Comments (0)           

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,...

Smarter Operations: Why Middle Office needs to become the New Front Office

September 11, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Roundtable Report - FX Flows to the East

August 11, 2017 Comments (0)           

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...

Software Testing in Financial Services – is the price of success paid for in advance?

July 6, 2017 Comments (0)           

 
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...

Naturally Intelligent: Embedding operational AI in financial services

June 9, 2017 Comments (0)           

How to make artificial intelligence work in a live environment
 
In this paper, Dan Barnes and Mike O’Hara of The Realization Group investigate the real-world applications of AI within financial business today, taking use cases from experts in the field and exploring the choices firms need to face in order to overcome hurdles in implementation. Speaking with Rael Cline of MediaGamma, Jonty Field at Quantitative Brokers, Chuck Ocheret at NEX Optimisation, Massimi Morini at Banca IMI...