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  • Blog Post: Eliminating the Fear of Social

    The recent furor over Wall Street’s handling of Facebook masks a deeper issue – banking’s almost paranoid discomfort with social networking. The cultures couldn’t be more extreme. While capital markets favor opaqueness, social networking is all about transparency. Surely any bank’s...
  • Blog Post: Why Big Data is Important

    Several years ago at university I took a course in the economics of developing countries. Back then I thought I had stumbled on the most intractable problem mankind ever faced. Now with the world running out of resources perhaps the concept of developing applies to all of us. But sometimes when you...
  • Blog Post: How does Hadoop fit into the Analytical Enterprise?

    As described in a previous post, an Analytical Enterprise is one that leverages data to its advantage. This includes the hard-to-tame “Big Data”, which is too awkward to be managed by traditional means. To support this mining of Big Data, a slew of new technologies has arisen. The most...
  • Blog Post: Big Data Comes of Age

    Many years ago, Walter Wriston, former Chairman and CEO of Citicorp, startled the world by claiming information about money has become almost as important as money itself. More recently, the World Economic Summit at Davos published a report implying it was an economic asset as valuable as currency or...
  • Blog Post: Revisting the Analytical Enterprise

    The way banks have competed in the past has been on the basis of assets – how many branches, products, how many countries they operate in – even how big they are. But the rules of the game have changed. These capabilities are less important today. What matters more is how banks manage information...
  • Blog Post: Coming Out of Left Field

    Baseball is the arguably the most hallowed game in America. Trying to redefine baseball is almost like trying to redesign the American flag. It’s practically sacrosanct. Since the 19 th century, a player’s performance has been determined by the insider opinions of players, managers, coaches...
  • Blog Post: The Bank Branch of the Future – Microsoft at BAI 2011

    Bankers at BAI this year seem to agree that bricks and mortar banking is here to stay, despite the growth in digital channels. But the role of the branch would be very different and more enabled by technology. What the bank branch of the future might look like is very much the theme of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Banking on an Uncertain Future - BAI 2011

    President Clinton’s keynote speech at BAI this week reminded that this is an exciting time to be living thanks to advances in technology, but the world remains unstable. Uncertainty seemed to be in the minds of many delegates to the BAI conference this year as the banking industry struggles to...
  • Blog Post: Banking at the Crossroads

    History tells us there are certain watershed moments. Banking is going through such a phase. After decades of building systems around products, the industry must now build technology around customers, and, in particular customer relationships. Also, the conversation with customers is changing from complex...
  • Blog Post: Living on the Edge of Exponential Change

    Our future looks grim. The economic situation is dire with little relief in sight. But short term gloom conceals deeper shifts in an ever-changing environment. The future may be much brighter than it seems. There have been many turning points throughout history when breakthroughs in technology brought...
  • Blog Post: Next Generation Risk Management in the New Age of Structured Products

    Even before the financial crisis, financial firms struggled to get their enterprise risk act together. Then as now, structured products added a whole new layer of complexity. The problem is how to get on top of the data. Without the right data, risk management, in today’s high frequency markets...
  • Blog Post: Three Ways to Analyse Social and Market Data - Recreating the Ear of the Markets Part II

    Once market prices hit the screen or populate a spreadsheet they are already history. In fact markets move on sentiment fed by stories that can bubble up from almost anywhere. David Cox posed the question: What if we could track the evolution of stories – the noise from other pits – before...
  • Blog Post: Recreating the Ear of the Markets - Part I

    Ever since Mr. Reuter replaced carrier pigeons with telegraphy, the history of markets has been a race to capture market sensitive information. But the challenge lies not just in gathering the data, but distilling it to what really counts. In the days of open outcry there was something called ‘the...
  • Blog Post: The Other Dimensions of Transparency: for Markets and Management

    A bank’s peers, partners, clients, counterparties…. All demand and expect greater transparency, to keep the markets efficient and fair. Just as importantly, from a risk and profitability standpoint, organisations must strive to achieve greater internal transparency up and down the chain...
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