UK ISV FSI Cloud Resources


FSI Pod

I’m currently aligned within the FSI Pod within the UK.  This pod comprises of Mike Haigh, Kevin Lief, Jason AdaeLisa MacDonald and James Lockyer – together, we work alongside Finance Industry focused ISVs.

Working in this space has led to many interesting conversations that generally follow themes, such as moving from on-premise solutions to the cloud, building new PaaS base solutions, designing and new building SaaS applications and recently the UK Azure Datacenter.  We often get asked what resources are available from Microsoft to help them.  So here is a curated list of them below, I’ll try and keep this up to date:

Finance Industry Resources

Microsoft Service Trust Portal: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/TrustCenter/STP/default.aspx

Finance in the cloud: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-gb/articles/industries/insurance/finance-in-the-cloud/

Microsoft’s approach to the Financial Conduct Authority’s FG 16/5 Guidance for firms outsourcing to the cloud: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/about/ent/enabling-compliance/

Microsoft enterprise focus on finance industry: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-gb/industries/finance/

Free cloud eBook for C-level execshttps://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/about/ent/intelligent-cloud/default.aspx

How can Financial Institutions thrive in a digital world? https://aka.ms/he1zbp

Making Banking Personal Again – Augmented intelligence in banking and capital markets: https://msenterprise.global.ssl.fastly.net/wordpress/2017/01/AI-in-banking-and-capital-markets.pdf

GDPR – preparing for a new era in privacy regulation: http://microsoft.com/gdpr

Case Studies

Often we get asked for case studies or examples of financial institutions that have moved to Azure.  So here are some examples:

Applied Blockchain: Building real-world blockchain applications just got easier with Microsoft: https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-gb/2017/04/03/building-real-world-blockchain-applications-just-got-easier-microsoft/

Simudyne: AI simulation startup makes accurate financial decisions with the power of Microsoft Azure: https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-gb/2017/03/09/ai-simulation-startup-makes-accurate-financial-decisions-power-microsoft-azure/

ClearBank: Launch of first new UK clearing bank in over 250 years: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-us/articles/industries/banking-and-capital-markets/microsoft-collaborates-with-clearbank-launch-of-first-new-uk-clearing-bank-in-over-250-years/

Cendit: Social money transfer with Microsoft Azure: https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-gb/2017/02/21/bank-start-streamlines-social-money-transfer-microsoft-azure/

FreedomPay: First PCI-Validated payment security platform for retailers on Azure: http://corporate.freedompay.com/blog_article/payments-on-microsoft-azure-and-new-alliances-in-the-real-time-retail-ecosystem/

Metro Bank: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-us/industries/banking-and-capital-markets/metro-bank/ and https://customers.microsoft.com/en-US/story/a-uk-bank-looks-for-bi-thats-as-fast-friendly-and-reli

Hogarthhttps://customers.microsoft.com/en-US/story/marketing-agency-creates-revolutionary-digital-marketi

Callcredit: https://customers.microsoft.com/en-US/story/consumer-data-management-business-reduces-time-to-mark

Aviva: UK Insurance Firm Uses Mobile App and Cloud Platform to Track Driving Behaviour
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-SQL-Server-2008-R2-Enterprise/Aviva/UK-Insurance-Firm-Uses-Mobile-App-and-Cloud-Platform-to-Track-Driving-Behavior/710000002635

Abide Financial Ltd: Financial Startup Uses Cloud to Deliver Scalable Transaction Processing Service
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Windows-Azure/Abide-Financial-Limited/Financial-Startup-Uses-Cloud-to-Deliver-Scalable-Transaction-Processing-Service/300000000081

Spikes Cavell: Government Spending Analytics Provider Uses Cloud to Scale Solution, Expand Overseas
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Windows-Azure/Spikes-Cavell/Government-Spending-Analytics-Provider-Uses-Cloud-to-Scale-Solution-Expand-Overseas/4000010842

Caxton FX: https://enterprise.microsoft.com/en-gb/roles/it-leader/caxton-fx-financial-tech-company-fuels-growth-cloud-tools/

Technical Resources

Real-time fraud detection with Stream Analytics: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/stream-analytics/stream-analytics-real-time-fraud-detection

Machine Learning – Online Fraud Detection Template: https://gallery.cortanaintelligence.com/Collection/Online-Fraud-Detection-Template-1

Fraud detection with SQL Server 2016 and R:  https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Machine-Learning-and-Data-Sciences-Conference/Data-Science-Summit-2016/K001 (Around 1:10:00)

Azure Machine Learning Experiments for the Banking industry – includes online fraud detection and anomaly detection: https://gallery.cortanaintelligence.com/industries/banking

Management and PCI Compliance Reference Architecture for Azure PaaS Line of Business Application by Avyan Consultancy: https://github.com/AvyanConsultingCorp/pci-paas-webapp-ase-sqldb-appgateway-keyvault-oms

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