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Do believe the hype: Mobile continues its advance

23rd February 2012

Company: bobsguide
A raft of recent mobile technology announcements, from RBS’ new business banking app; to Telefonica Digital and Sybase’s m-wallet, aping Google’s virtual wallet launch last year; through to Barclays Pingit app allowing retail bank customers to send money with just mobile phone numbers, all show that the mobile financial... read more
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

23rd February 2012

Company: Centralis Ltd
Consumerisation, cloud computing and virtualisation are transforming corporate networks, but for IT professionals tasked with managing this change, the underlying challenges remain the same as when the personal computing revolution first got underway. Ewen Anderson discusses why a well-known saying in France still rings true for IT... read more
Second €130bn bailout for Greece agreed but banks & corporates take a hit

Second €130bn bailout for Greece agreed but banks & corporates take a hit

21st February 2012

Company: bobsguide
Eurozone finance ministers have at last agreed a second bailout for Greece after protracted talks in Brussels ended today. Greece is to receive loans worth more than €130bn but in return it must cut its sovereign debt to 120.5% of its GDP by 2020 and controversially accept an “enhanced and permanent” presence of EU,... read more
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Finovate Europe points way to the future

13th February 2012

Company: bobsguide
A little bit of San Francisco’s Silicon Valley came to London last week for the Finovate Europe show. Addressing an audience of several hundred bankers, venture capitalists and other movers and shakers, including Lloyds Banking Group’s retail mobile banking supremo Ashley Machin, Zvi Naggan, CIO at Bank Hapolim and Sergi Bisquert, director of... read more
Why Hedge Funds Need to Consider Spreadsheet Risk

Why Hedge Funds Need to Consider Spreadsheet Risk

6th February 2012

Company: Koger Inc.
Risk undoubtedly plays a major factor in any business today, but for hedge funds in particular, with the complexity surrounding them, risk of any kind should sound alarm bells.One of the key operational risks that hedge funds face today is spreadsheet risk, which are still common practice but no longer viable in today’s operational environment... read more
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FSA compliance could provide the foundation for better CPM systems & improved business performance

6th February 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Dean Dickinson, managing director of Advanced Business Solutions The financial services sector is often driven by regulation these days. Organizations in the sector can be forgiven for focusing their resources on ensuring compliance with Financial Services Authority initiatives such as Treat your Customers Fairly (TCF), Know your Customers... read more
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Smartphones: What Security Risks Do They Pose?

2nd February 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Alan Thomas, a technology & media executive at the specialist insurer Hiscox Travel anywhere on a plane or train these days and you’ll no doubt notice that you are surrounded by people using a smartphone. They are an extremely useful modern tool that is used by many companies and individuals alike to keep in touch and do work while on the... read more
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Best practice guidelines for large IT implementation or integration projects

30th January 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Wil Cunningham, head of WilPower IT Consulting. An ex-RBS senior IT manager and now a contractor with Lloyds Banking Group and other banks Wil Cunningham, an independent technology consultant who oversaw RBS’s Edinburgh Data Centre Optimisation program and has spent the last two years as a senior contractor working on the... read more
Focus: Big Data is a big deal, says SIIA FISD Real-Time Technology Roundtable

Focus: Big Data is a big deal, says SIIA FISD Real-Time Technology Roundtable

24th January 2012

Company: bobsguide
At the Real-Time Technology Roundtable, held at BT’s headquarters in the City of London last week on 19 January, the focus on ‘big data’ this year continued. It is expected to be one of the top technology topics for 2012 in what is predicted to be a tough 12 months for IT spending.Organised by the Financial Information Services Division of... read more
IDC predicts tough year ahead for fintech firms as EMEA FIs cut spending

IDC predicts tough year ahead for fintech firms as EMEA FIs cut spending

19th January 2012

Company: bobsguide
The future profitability of financial technology providers is in jeopardy this year believes IDC Financial Insights as IT spending by EMEA banks will decrease to a growth rate of just 2.9% in 2012. The gloomy prediction, made at the Pewterers’ Hall last night in the City of London during IDC’ s 2012 Predictions for EMEA Financial Services... read more