Data Solutions Insights


Interview: Weveing together the mobile future

28th February 2014

Company: bobsguide
The chief executive officer (CEO) of Weve, David Sear, an experienced payments professional who has worked at Travelex and VocaLink, and now heads up the Weve UK joint venture from Vodafone, 02 and EE, thinks that the mobile m-commerce ecosystem is finally close to hand. After many years of hype, he tells Neil Ainger, that he can at last glimpse an... read more

Show Report: Strike it Rich at Finovate Europe 2014

11th February 2014

Company: bobsguide
The financial innovation ‘Finovate’ Europe 2014 trade show came to London today with lots of technology firms from start-ups like Excess Return and five degrees, to more established players like GMC Software or IND - which has just been bought out by Misys - all pitching their ideas, new products or apps in a bid to strike it rich,... read more

Businesses should not delay SEPA migration regardless of the extension

7th February 2014

Company: bobsguide
The European Commission (EC) announcement outlining an additional transition period during which payments that differ from the single euro payments area (SEPA) formats can still be accepted - effectively delaying the 1 February 2014 end-date by six months - came as a surprise to many in the treasury industry, says Nick Diamond, head of cash... read more

News Analysis: BoE report on FS cyber-security test ‘Operation Waking Shark 2’ suggests forming single BCP body

5th February 2014

Company: bobsguide
The Bank of England (BoE) has published its long-awaited report on ‘Operation Waking Shark 2’, a large business continuity planning (BCP) and resiliency exercise that was carried out last November to test the UK wholesale banking sector’s  ability to cope with a cyber-attack by a hostile nation. bobsguide’s Neil Ainger... read more

Big data: A definition and what it means for FS

4th February 2014

Company: bobsguide
Big data is here to stay, although it means various things to different people, depending upon who you ask, says bobsguide blogger (aka contributing editor) Andrew Witney, Barclays’ CIO in this second instalment of his blog. In its simplest form ‘big data’ means the mass of metadata, structured and  unstructured... read more

Future-gazing 2014 regs: Are you ready for Basel III & the liquidity and leverage requirements of CRD IV?

24th January 2014

Company: Wolters Kluwer
The Basel III capital, liquidity and leverage regime, and its implementation in Europe via the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD) IV and Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), will present a big challenge to financiers during 2014, says Selwyn Blair-Ford, head of global regulatory policy at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. This regulatory... read more

News analysis: CBI/PwC survey shows FS jobs on the up and tech roles set to grow

20th January 2014

Company: bobsguide
A Confederation of British Industry (CBI) quarterly survey of the financial services (FS) sector, sponsored by PwC, shows that UK jobs in the FS sector grew at their fastest pace since 2007 during Q413, with an increase of 10,000 in the fourth quarter of last year. A further rise of 15,000 is expected in Q114, according to comments at the press... read more

News analysis: WEF Global Risks 2014 report identifies wealth gap and cyber-attacks as key risks

16th January 2014

Company: bobsguide
In a press conference in London today the World Economic Forum (WEF) identified what it sees as the top risks facing the global economy during 2014 and the decade to come, reports Neil Ainger. Ahead of next week’s Davos gathering of global leaders in Switzerland, unemployment and the related wealth gap and generational tension were... read more

Future-gazing five key 2014 technology trends

10th January 2014

Company: IBM
IBM has unveiled a list of five key 2014 innovations that it believes have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years as they grow and grow in importance. Martin Borrett, director of the IBM Institute for Advanced Security, explains why he thinks the interaction between cloud computing, big data... read more

Banks in 2014: It’s All About the Customer

8th January 2014

Company: Capgemini
The banking industry has gone through a tremendous amount of regulatory and operational IT change since the financial crisis of 2008, says Rosemary Stark, senior vice president and head of UK banking at the Capgemini consultancy. More change can be expected in 2014 with big data, mobile and social media technologies all impacting retail banking... read more