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 Jim Middlemiss

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Articles by Jim Middlemiss

CIO Challenge- SOA

5/25/2005
THE CHALLENGE: Legacy systems and inflexible architectures often prevent investment management firms from leveraging applications across the enterprise. To improve interoperability across the organization, many firms are turning to service-oriented architecture.

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CIO Challenge: Two-Factor Authentication

4/27/2005
The rising incidence of account hijacking and identity theft has created a challenge for financial organizations that want to secure their data, but still allow clients and staff to conduct transactions online. Two-factor authentication may provide a solution.

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Internal Auditors

3/22/2005
Traditionally, internal auditors have been feared by IT organizations. But, rather than view auditors as foes, technology executives must learn to embrace auditors' expertise.

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3/1/2005
Without fast data, the most advanced trading systems are useless.

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CIO Challenge -- VoIP

2/27/2005
Managing traditional analog hoot-n-holler networks, which are critical to investment management firms' operations, can be expensive and challenging, so many CIOs are eyeing alternatives. For some, the answer is IP telephony.

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Setting Sights on China

2/4/2005
As China emerges as a land of opportunity, U.S. firms are flocking there to set up shop. The first step is to assist Chinese broker-dealers and exchanges with governance issues and trading technology.

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Outsourcing: Captive Sites

2/4/2005
The newest outsourcing trend is the building of captive sites, in which brokerage firms essentially expand their operations, taking on their own space and employees in a foreign country rather than using the services of a third-party service provider.

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CIO Challenge

1/5/2005
THE CHALLENGE: As markets make the seemingly inevitable transition to automated trading, former floor-based traders need to relearn their craft. To familiarize themselves with electronic trading technologies, many traders are going back to school.

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CIO Challenge

11/29/2004
As hedge funds soar, winning their order flow has become more vital than ever. To compete for that business, brokers and other providers need to offer hedge fund managers wider access to markets and trading products, and break down silos to improve integration.

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Results-Oriented Approach

10/22/2004
LEHMAN BROTHERS' approach to one of its most-difficult IT strategies - outsourcing - offers an example of how CIO Jonathan Beyman leads: Get the right people in place, challenge them and then let them do their jobs and hold them accountable for results.

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Hybrid Market, Myriad Challenges

10/22/2004
Chief Technology Officer Roger Burkhardt has the unenviable task of automating the New York Stock Exchange and putting it on a level playing field with electronic competitors by creating a hybrid market.

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Barclays Conquers Data Issues

10/22/2004
Like Jason and the Argonauts, Paul Stevens, CIO at Barclays Global Investors, is on the hunt. But the target of Stevens' interest is what he calls the Golden Source - data of unquestionable integrity.

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IT Architecture

9/21/2004
Industry consolidation, new computing standards and a move to horizontal business structures have IT architects' plates full. To build a cohesive strategy, they need to leverage architectures across an organization, bust down technology silos and meld newly acquired units.

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The ABCs of ASPs

8/27/2004
The application-service-provider model is gaining momentum as firms seek ways to lower the cost of technology adoption.

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Going Direct

8/27/2004
Industry consolidation and the emergence of new asset classes drive direct-market-access technology.

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CIO Challenge

7/28/2004
Wireless holds tremendous potential for financial-services firms, but implementing it across an enterprise is no easy task. Organizations must determine the best applications of the technology, find a way to integrate it with their legacy systems and then secure it all.

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Gone Phishing

7/28/2004
In the latest identity-theft scam, fraudulent e-mails trick individuals into coughing up passwords to 'secure' financial data.

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CIO Challenge: Search Engines

6/4/2004
With digital data doubling each year and the number of available Web pages spiraling upward, helping investors find the information they seek online to make informed investment decisions is no easy task.

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IT Challenge: Settlement

3/26/2004
The Challenge: For financial services firms, moving away from batch processing is still a challenge. The DTCC's new inventory-management system offers delivery flexibility and helps firms find efficiencies and increase automation in the settlement process.

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IT Challenge: Spam

3/2/2004
The Challenge: Junk e-mail is becoming a big problem, as spammers clog inboxes with dubious offerings from weight-loss remedies to cheap Viagra.

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Corporate-Performance Management

11/17/2003
When Scotiabank Group merged its corporate-banking and capital-markets groups in the late 1990s, the challenge became how to stay on top of the global juggernaut's performance in multiple countries.

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Under Attack

11/17/2003
Forget about locking the windows and the doors, financial-services firms now have far more to fear from worms, horses and bugs.

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IT Challenge

10/27/2003
When it comes to instant messaging, firms must grapple with the fundamental question: Do you allow the deployment of multiple platforms or limit users to only one?

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The Challenge

10/6/2003
For E*TRADE CIO Josh Levine, integrating platforms from brokerage to banking, while juggling a LINUX implementation, has been his challenge for the past few years. He says the next hurdle the industry faces is moving away from vendor-owned operating systems to unleash the power of Web services.

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IT Challenge

8/26/2003
Auerbach Grayson & Company has built a brokerage business that spans 83 countries by partnering with local brokerages and building a 24X7 international trading system.

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The Challenge

7/17/2003
Management consultant Asiff Hirji got to know his client Ameritrade Holding Corporation so well that when the chance came to shape the technology strategy at the online broker, he couldn't say no.

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New Risk Vendors Bet Big on SIA Tech Show

6/20/2003
Financial institutions aren't the only ones managing their risk when it comes to market activity. Nascent risk-management vendors are also hedging their bets at this year's SIA Technology Management Conference & Exhibit by seeking out new clients.

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Firms Seek IT-Structure Holy Grail

6/18/2003
In a decade of change, featuring everything from expansive growth and shifting technologies to tough competition, mergers, layoffs and belt tightening, one thing has remained constant: chief information officers continually restructure their departments in search of the perfect model by which to govern operations.

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The Challenge

6/17/2003
Managing hundreds of desktop computers is no easy task. Firms can't afford to have their traders and brokers down while IT staff rummage around desks replacing broken units. Now, there's an alternative to decentralized-workstation computing.

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IT Challenge

5/13/2003
The Challenge: Slumping trade volumes, cost-containment initiatives and threats of more layoffs have combined to lower morale across the brokerage business. IT departments aren't immune to this toxic mix, which can have employees worrying as much about their future as the task at hand. It makes motivating staff and shoring up morale a real challenge.

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The Buy Side is Buying into OMS Tech

4/16/2003
It goes without saying that in a volatile market, traders must be on their toes and ready for anything. One way that firms are keeping pace with rapidly changing markets is by deploying the latest in order-management-system technology.

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Natural-Language Search Engines

4/15/2003
The Challenge: Weeding through thousands of pages of Web-site documents to locate the answer to a question can be a laborious process and a challenge outside the scope of many search engines. Now, financial institutions are turning to natural-language search engines to make them more efficient and improve the self-help capabilities of their Web sites.

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IT Challenge

2/12/2003
Investment statements are the primary communication tools used to reach clients, so its important to make sure they're getting the right message.

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IT Challenge

1/17/2003
In the world of venture capital and private equity, communicating with investors in an efficient way is critical. Read about how some firms have improved the process.

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Is SuperMontage's Honeymoon Over?

1/17/2003
While it's still early in the SuperMontage world, firms trading Nasdaq stocks say that things are running smoothly and many continue to rely on ECNs to help them get best execution.

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ECNs Adjust to a SuperMontage World

1/17/2003
While SuperMontage isn't likely the death knell for electronic-communications networks, it will force them to visit the drawing board and come up with a better battle plan for competing in the new environment.

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The Real Deal?

12/16/2002
The potential of Web services to revolutionize application communication still seems to be a point of debate for 2003.

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Intruder Alert

12/12/2002
The threat of cyber-terrorism has firms spending precious dollars on anti-virus and intrusion-detection software.

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IT Challenge

11/11/2002
When it comes to implementing a wealth-management platform, is it better to buy, to build, or maybe a little of both?

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IT Challenge

10/7/2002
The paper-intensive account-opening process can be a major burden at financial institutions, especially when it comes to separately managed accounts.

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The Challenge

8/13/2002
FleetBoston, Fidelity and Berkshire Group of Companies are being charged with developing a strong technology platform that will allow them to cross sell their products and services.

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IT CHALLENGE

5/14/2002
In light of Sept. 11, mirroring data may be the way Wall Street firms ensure they can bounce back from a disaster.

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Vendors Seek Wealth Management Holy Grail

4/8/2002
William O'Conor has to figure out how to combine the vast array of Thomson's technology solutions and turn them into an integrated wealth-management platform that attracts firms looking to service the growing high-net-worth space.

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IT CHALLENGE

4/5/2002
As Web sites mature, they often grow as well. Learn how one firm managed to keep its pages under control.

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