How does Hadoop fit into the Analytical Enterprise?

As described in a previous post, an Analytical Enterprise is one that leverages data to its advantage. This includes the hard-to-tame “Big Data”, which is too awkward to be managed by traditional means. To support this mining of Big Data, a slew of new technologies has arisen. The most talked about is Hadoop. But what…


Reflections on SIFMA 2011

Now that SIFMA 2011 is behind us, let’s take a moment to look back on a conference whose conversations and content mirrored the extremes of our post-crisis world. This year the Leaders Forum explored two main topics – Dodd Frank implementation and the use and impact of social media – two themes that couldn’t be…

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Risk Management 2.0 – it’s closer than you think

It has been a couple of years since the worst financial crisis in decades, and it is clear that we need a fresh approach to managing troubled markets. For years weather forecasters have been trying to make accurate weather predictions, but a little known phenomenon called the ‘butterfly effect’ – the ability of small changes…

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Designing a Viral Product – a fresh approach to innovation

Viral marketing is hot right now. In the new world of social networking, a digital outreach strategy is essential. But it may be more useful to develop products that are intrinsically viral. According to a recent HBR article adding a “share” button to a product can increase peer-to-peer influence over product purchase by 400%.[i] As…

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Regulatory Transparency and Data Best Practices

New rules are being written, demanding greater reporting from financial institutions to their respective regulators, and more rigorous stress testing for systemic players. To satisfy both these constraints, banks will need to store more data (both real-time and historic) in a consumable and accessible format. In turn, technology strategies must be implemented to deliver these…


Decrypting Financial Reform: The Three Dimensions of Transparency

The word “data” is used and abused when it comes to Finance and IT – but with new regulations the need for transparency is bringing data strategies to the top of every organisation’s priority list. This series of blogs will examine the new demands, and give examples of how technology can help companies turn regulatory…


Eliminating the Fog of Markets

April 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Civil War, the bloodiest military engagement in U.S. history. Past wars had been fought with muskets and fixed formations. But the technology of war had moved on by the 1860s. Despite this, Civil War officers continued to launch mass attacks against rifles in…

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Public Service or Private Enterprise? Banks and the risks they ought not take

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, much has been written on the increasing risks banks took to grow profits, and the collateral damage that was caused.  Hard questions have been raised on the true role of banks within the economy. Are they operating a public service – enabling the efficient flow of capital? Or…


A Predictive Analytics Roundtable: Making Data Statistically Relevant and Actionable

  Analytics is an increasingly powerful business tool, one that is critical for competing successfully in today’s capital markets industry. Its value is well proven in enabling better-quality high-speed trading decisions and outcomes. Today’s analytics tools can be used across lines of business and within business functions to enrich insight and intelligence, monitor operations, evaluate…


The Growing Power of Visualization – the next phase of markets

Too much information and too little time to absorb it – that’s the dilemma of the financial markets today. We have more data than we can possibly absorb: spreadsheets with tens of columns and thousands of rows; news headlines streaming faster than the human eye can read……. Yet the data tsunami continues to overwhelm us with almost…

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