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One Size Fits Nobody in End User Services
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
How building profiles from employees' roles and behaviors can help optimize your end user services.
'Enlightened' Non-IT Execs More Likely To Run Secure Organization
Commentary  |  11/21/2014  | 
Do senior executives understand their role in data security? On the whole, unsurprisingly, no.
No Screwups, Please, We’re Banks
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Changing a bank's culture is not going to happen overnight, but having the right tools and levers in house will surely make a big difference over time.
You’re Doing BYOD Wrong: These Numbers Prove It
Commentary  |  11/20/2014  | 
Almost 40% of users who connect personal mobile devices to corporate networks have no lock-screen mechanism set in place.
Citibank Brazil Deploys Award-Winning BPM Solution: Now What?
Commentary  |  11/19/2014  | 
Citibank Brazil automated commercial customer onboarding and reduced cycle time by 70%. But how can a global organization harness the successes of its islands of solutions?
The Focus on Data Security Shapes 2015 Hedge Fund Tech Trends
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
With tougher penalties associated with exposure of client information on the horizon, firms will need to examine the steps they must take to protect this data from attack.
Stop Using Spreadsheets for Disclosure Management, Says Linedata
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
The rules for aggregating and calculating disclosures vary tremendously across global jurisdictions, getting well ahead of traditional approaches. Interest in automated solutions rises.
Aequitas Approved: Canadian Regs Green-Light Anti-Predatory HFT Exchange
Commentary  |  11/17/2014  | 
The newly approved Aequitas exchange wants to correct unfair advantages given to HFTs over retail investors. Competition had prompted TMX Group to plan a similarly minded relaunch of the Alpha exchange. But is the devil in the details?
Risk Aversion: The Biggest Innovation Obstacle
Commentary  |  11/14/2014  | 
Fear of risk is the biggest factor holding financial services organizations back from innovating.
The Newfound Popularity of Exchanges Raises the Bar for ERM
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Regulators have looked to exchanges with their CCP clearing arms as solutions to the financial crisis. However, ERM practices at exchanges have historically been an afterthought.
Advisors Must Prepare for the Investor of Tomorrow
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Advisors who successfully serve tomorrow’s investor will embrace technology today.
BCBS 239 Requires Integration of Risk & Finance Organizations
Commentary  |  11/13/2014  | 
Financial services firms must leverage current initiatives focused on BCBS 239 compliance to develop a closer alliance between the risk and finance functions.
Wave of Derivatives Risk & Fraud Scuppers Shipping Company
Commentary  |  11/11/2014  | 
Ships’ fuel company OW Bunker has been scuppered by a rogue wave of derivatives trades and fraudulent pirates.
Technology & Compliance Biggest Setback in Social Strategy
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
Wells Fargo says better social aggregation and search technology will help financial firms put their people back into the social realm.
Data Breaches: 8 Tips For Board-Level Discussions
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
Recent high-profile breaches put you in the board's spotlight on security. Here's how to shine.
How Big Data Analytics Helps Financial Institutions Navigate Today’s Regulatory Maze
Commentary  |  11/10/2014  | 
As firms work to meet new regulatory reporting requirements and keep pace with constant change, it all comes down to harnessing data.
The Inefficient Back Office: A Checklist of Pain Points
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
Many firms consider their reconciliation process fully automated, but "automated" doesn't necessarily mean "efficient."
Finance’s Role in Managing the Ever-Growing Volume, Variety & Velocity of Data
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
Today's financial firms have done little to harness the power of big data analytics, finds Accenture, but CFOs are stepping in to help guide the organization and its future investments.
How Big Data Will Influence the Financial Space in 2015
Commentary  |  11/5/2014  | 
Without faster and better analysis and visualization tools, financial institutions will be unable to comprehend relationships or patterns that exist within the data, defeating the point of using it at all.
Breach Fatigue Sets In With Consumers
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
Report from Ponemon and RSA shows that consumers aren't really adjusting behavior due to mega breaches.
Why a CIO's Last 100 Days Are Most Important
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
It is incumbent on outgoing CIOs to offer up some sort of transition plan, something that will get the IT function from point A to point B with as little disruption as possible.
This Top Interview Question Makes Candidates See Red
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
If you ask the question "Why should I hire you?" during an interview, the interviewer rarely gets a useful answer. So, why bother?
OptionsCity To Launch Customizable Trading Experience
Commentary  |  10/31/2014  | 
The Metro Now platform breaks tools down into downloadable build or buy widgets for faster deployment and a more customized trading style.
US T+2: All That’s Left Is the Execution
Commentary  |  10/31/2014  | 
T+2 settlement is right around the corner for the US. What will it take to get from where the industry is now to implementation?
Is There a Watson in Your Financial Future?
Commentary  |  10/30/2014  | 
How artificial intelligence might affect financial services.
Survey Shows an Urgency to Automate the Back Office
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Confluence reports numbers are trending up across the board when discussing the need to automate back-office processes.
7 Pillars of Market Surveillance 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2014  | 
Compliance officers are facing flash crashes, insider trading, market manipulation, and more. Here are seven market surveillance and risk management steps that will help compliance officers sleep better at night.
Stop, Rethink & Recalibrate: A View From Asia Pacific
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Technology has made the human element of high- and low-touch trading almost indistinguishable. Brokers can no longer compete on price. Instead, they should build toward user experience and value of outcome.
The Sentient Enterprise: Data Driven as a Strategy, Not a Tactic
Commentary  |  10/28/2014  | 
Can capital markets take a tip from front-to-back-office customer execution efficiencies and apply it to the investment process?
Dig Deeper for Data: Enriching Wealth Management With New Market Insight
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
To compete, wealth firms are providing direct electronic access to the content. Exposing the information to their clients is driving an evolution of the traditional advisor value proposition.
What’s Next in News Analytics: Not Social, Not Yet
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
News sentiment analysis has come a long way, but it's still difficult to incorporate trusted social media data.
Shared Reporting Services on the Horizon, Genpact Predicts
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
The financial services industry is starting to adopt shared services, resulting in reasonable impacts to the bottom line. Genpact expects a push for reporting efficiency will come next.
Don't Let the Cloud Rain on Your Operations Strategy Parade
Commentary  |  10/24/2014  | 
Avoid migrating large applications all at once to minimize risk during a cloud project.
Could Intel Lose Data Center Market Share to ARM Chips?
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
ARM chips could be an alternative for certain purposes in the datacenter, but many questions have to be answered before they pose a threat to Intel's market dominance.
Cost to Trade: Hey, Banks, It’s Time to Face the Music
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
Why is calculating the cost to trade so difficult for banks? The answer is as complex as the calculations themselves.
M&A Activity Will Continue to Grow in 2015
Commentary  |  10/23/2014  | 
Data shows that the M&A market continues to improve, and forecasts indicate deal making will be healthy in 2015.
Chief Data Officers: Organization Strategy & Cultural Change
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Chief data officers are new to the financial services C-suite, but they are facing a number of challenges, including the need for new data governance and execution strategies, staffing, and new organizational structures to enable cultural change.
New York FinTech Innovation Lab Calls for New Entrepreneurial Applicants
Commentary  |  10/21/2014  | 
Wells Fargo joins 14 other major financial institutions providing mentoring and guidance to the six chosen startups.
Micro Data Challenges in an Era of Macroprudential Regulation
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Research and statistical analysis experts at central banks are tasked with developing sophisticated forecasts and models to identify systemic risk. Yet they are spending most of their time acting as data entry clerks, rather than developing these models.
The Perks of 'SmartSourcing' Shared Services in Financial Industry
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
A breadth of vital but undifferentiated business processes are still being replicated across the industry. They are all candidates for centralization.
Managing Social Media Risk Strategy: Technology Can Only Go So Far
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
Advanced analytical technologies are an important part of a social media risk management strategy, an Accenture report says, but the technology must be balanced with training and procedures.
3 Reasons Financial Services Benefit From Cloud-Based Business Intelligence
Commentary  |  10/16/2014  | 
The answer to big-data success lies in the cloud.
Cross-Asset Universal Product Identifier: The Solution the Industry Is Looking For?
Commentary  |  10/14/2014  | 
A UPI will enable a holistic approach to identifying all trades and positions. While such an idea sounds great in theory, historical attempts at achieving global agreement have fallen short.
Application Whitelisting Increasingly Applied in Cyber Security
Commentary  |  10/13/2014  | 
Innovations in application whitelisting solutions are helping IT teams more efficiently and flexibly automate and manage lists of approved applications.
Single Dealer Platforms: Are Their Days Numbered?
Commentary  |  10/10/2014  | 
Today, clients are not really consolidating their trading through preferred single suppliers; they will always hunt for the best price, best service, and most trusted supplier in any given market.
Transition Faster to the Cloud With DevOps
Commentary  |  10/8/2014  | 
Moving to the cloud requires a seamless operations and development process.
Pssst – Can You Keep a Secret? Upholding Compliance Amongst Colleagues
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
Even when all parties know the rules about sharing non-public information, it's clear more tools and logic are necessary to stem the free flow of sensitive data.
No More Muddling Through Data Governance
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
Regulations are forcing financial firms to formalize their enterprise-wide data management processes, often through the CDO's office.
FATCA Compliance Still Global Nightmare
Commentary  |  10/7/2014  | 
In a survey of finance executives, 67% report that the complexity of FATCA requirements is the top hurdle to achieving compliance.
The Future of FinTech
Commentary  |  10/6/2014  | 
Making predictions in technology is tricky but there are a couple of prevailing themes that are likely to influence how the industry will evolve over the next five to 10 years.
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