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  • 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: Reflections on SIFMA 2011

    Now that SIFMA 2011 is behind us, let’s take a moment to look back on a conference whose conversations and content mirrored the extremes of our post-crisis world. This year the Leaders Forum explored two main topics – Dodd Frank implementation and the use and impact of social media...
  • Blog Post: Risk Management 2.0 – it’s closer than you think

    It has been a couple of years since the worst financial crisis in decades, and it is clear that we need a fresh approach to managing troubled markets. For years weather forecasters have been trying to make accurate weather predictions, but a little known phenomenon called the ‘butterfly effect’...
  • Blog Post: Designing a Viral Product – a fresh approach to innovation

    Viral marketing is hot right now. In the new world of social networking, a digital outreach strategy is essential. But it may be more useful to develop products that are intrinsically viral. According to a recent HBR article adding a “share” button to a product can increase peer-to-peer influence...
  • Blog Post: Regulatory Transparency and Data Best Practices

    New rules are being written, demanding greater reporting from financial institutions to their respective regulators, and more rigorous stress testing for systemic players. To satisfy both these constraints, banks will need to store more data (both real-time and historic) in a consumable and accessible...
  • Blog Post: Decrypting Financial Reform: The Three Dimensions of Transparency

    The word “data” is used and abused when it comes to Finance and IT – but with new regulations the need for transparency is bringing data strategies to the top of every organisation’s priority list. This series of blogs will examine the new demands, and give examples of how technology...
  • Blog Post: Eliminating the Fog of Markets

    April 2011 marks the 150 th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest military engagement in U.S. history. Past wars had been fought with muskets and fixed formations. But the technology of war had moved on by the 1860s. Despite this, Civil War officers continued to launch...
  • Blog Post: Public Service or Private Enterprise? Banks and the risks they ought not take

    In the aftermath of the financial crisis, much has been written on the increasing risks banks took to grow profits, and the collateral damage that was caused. Hard questions have been raised on the true role of banks within the economy. Are they operating a public service - enabling the efficient flow...
  • Blog Post: A Predictive Analytics Roundtable: Making Data Statistically Relevant and Actionable

    Analytics is an increasingly powerful business tool, one that is critical for competing successfully in today’s capital markets industry. Its value is well proven in enabling better-quality high-speed trading decisions and outcomes. Today’s analytics tools can be used across lines of business...
  • Blog Post: The Growing Power of Visualization – the next phase of markets

    Too much information and too little time to absorb it - that's the dilemma of the financial markets today. We have more data than we can possibly absorb: spreadsheets with tens of columns and thousands of rows; news headlines streaming faster than the human eye can read....... Yet the data tsunami...
  • Blog Post: Increasing Marketing ROI – the importance of uplift

    In today's competitive markets, it's all about focus - reaching the customers that deliver the best return for the least cost. But traditional marketing programs are often more about coverage than focus. The secret lies in understanding the shape of a curve. Analysts have long been familiar with...
  • Blog Post: Towards a New Model of Employment and Innovation

    The 2011 Shift Index from Deloitte has a simple message. The way for firms to improve performance is to increase worker passion, while the message for employees is follow your dreams. They may not lead to the same place. For those who are new to the Shift Index, the Deloitte Center for the Edge has...
  • Blog Post: Real Time Risk Management at the Touch of a Button - the challenge of managing 'big data'

    New regulation, more frequent risk scenarios, faster trade flows and higher volumes are accelerating data velocities. Current risk systems need new architectures to scale. Systems that have previously been able to deliver only in hours and days must now capture, aggregate and report accurate accounts...
  • Blog Post: Choosing a Cloud Provider – towards a structured approach

    Cloud computing provides a compelling option for Financial institutions (FIs) looking for more flexibility in deploying technology and managing costs. There is a wealth of cloud solutions available in the market today, and some major providers, but how does an FI choose between one provider and another...
  • Blog Post: The Future of .NET and Interoperability in Banking

    We are rapidly moving towards a more open environment when it comes to technology. A question that often comes up is why aren't .NET and Java interoperable? Well in fact they are. For example: Both Java and .NET run on Azure Both Java and. NET run on Windows Java and .NET are interoperable...
  • Blog Post: Taking Control of our Data and our Destiny

    Back in October 1996, Wired Magazine published Thomas Bass's now famous interview with Citibank and Citicorp's former head Walter Wriston, famous for his observation that information about money was almost as important as money itself. That insight led to massive technology investments by the then...
  • Blog Post: The Role of Ecosystems in Driving Innovation

    An ecosystem in nature is a biological community composed of groups of organisms together with the non-living elements they interact with; air, soil, water, and sunlight. These organisms depend on each other for their survival and development. Ecosystems change with their environment. Nature is a...
  • Blog Post: Standards & Algo’s: Innovation or Control?

    The SEC is socializing the notion of standards in the world of algorithms. Throttles, brakes, back testing and other coding requirements are all on the table. Will these and likely other requirements stifle the creativity and innovation of a market where secrecy and the ability to react with lightning...
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