Wholesale / Commercial Banking Systems Insights

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
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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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
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Trading data for cash

20th December 2011

Company: Cordys
By Richard Helliar, UK managing director for Global Business Operations, Cordys.The global credit crisis has forced change in the dynamic between credit and cash management and as a result the market now rewards companies that are liquid and less reliant on external funding. Recently Citigroup stated that companies with higher liquidity are... read more
Securing mobile payment app provisioning: The forgotten side of the security coin

Securing mobile payment app provisioning: The forgotten side of the security coin

13th December 2011

By Steve Brunswick, strategy manager,Thales e-SecurityWith more people owning mobile phones than bank accounts, it is clear that mobile payments will become an increasingly important part of our daily lives. Juniper Research, a European based provider of business intelligence, released a study forecasting that mobile contactless payment... read more
Who will own NFC?

Who will own NFC?

7th December 2011

Company: Sybase
By Matthew Talbot, Senior Vice President for mCommerce at Sybase 365 Google officially launched Google Wallet, “the app that makes your phone your wallet,” at the end of September (for customers of US telecom operator, Sprint, with a Nexus S 4G phone). Hot on its heels was the announcement from Isis, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon consortium, that... read more
The ‘mobile wallet’ - how can banks drive consumer adoption?

The ‘mobile wallet’ - how can banks drive consumer adoption?

5th December 2011

Company: bobsguide
Technology is a constant source of debate for the banking industry and the ‘mobile wallet’ is a key area of discussion. It is one of a number of innovations which can afford financial institutions and IT vendors as many headaches as it does opportunities. The adoption of mobile by the banking industry has increased dramatically over the last 18... read more