My new chapter in financial services

Fellow industry colleagues, partners, friends and readers. Just as the seasons change (an early start to winter here in Chicago), there are also career seasons. In a new season for me I have decided to pursue a new opportunity at a leading financial services firm. Consequently, because this is a Microsoft-owned blog site I will no…

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Where’s My Cash?

Much has been written about the changes in macro-economic conditions around the world and the health of the banking industry. Less has been written about the risk and impact of financial system instability on the daily operations of a multinational treasury. For a treasury like Microsoft that supports banking needs of global business operations in…

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Putting the Lid on Cybercrime

One of our key themes at Sibos 2014 in Boston was the work that Microsoft does to fight cybercrime. Cybercrime costs businesses billions of dollars every year, and financial service institutions are at an especially high risk. Malware and Trojans deployed to consumer devices and corporate workstations alike puts the identity of individuals at risk,…

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Big Data in Japan….(and other countries)

Well – with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville in your head, I am in good company! But I digress… I recently returned from a business trip to China and Japan where I had the privilege of meeting several major banks to discuss…

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Can the Financial Services Industry Take Their Data to the Bank?

Last week I had the chance to travel to New York City for an executive briefing on big data. In the financial services industry, we know that data is the business. Market volatility and regulatory demands are making data more strategic than ever before to the industry. The availability of new data types, such as…

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Big (Data) in Japan….(and other countries)

Well – with a title like that I am dating myself. But perhaps if you are humming ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville in your head, I am in good company! But I digress… I recently returned from a business trip to China and Japan where I had the privilege of meeting several major banks to discuss…

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BIAN at Sibos: Real Standards For Banking Transformation!

Today I’d like to introduce you to another of our stand partners. As many of you will have seen from my previous posts, Microsoft is a founding member of BIAN (Banking Industry Architecture Network) – a not-for-profit organization focused on collaborating to improve banking system integration.  To provide some more insight to latest BIAN developments,…

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Payments. Where Banks and Merchants Connect

As part of my commitment to share more new about Microsoft’s presence at Sibos, I’d like to introduce you to a key partner that delivers highly innovative payments and commerce solutions.  FreedomPay is a strategic partner that leverages the Azure cloud, devices and analytics to bring a unique digital wallet and mobile payments experience on the…

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Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Business Banking? (aka, Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking – Part 2)…

So – not the most original title, but I did promise a follow-up to my recent blog post: “Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking?“ In the ‘consumer edition’ of the blog – also on Finextra, I suggested that banks can reinvigorate their payments brand and influence customer loyalty by integrating incentives…

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Can Big Data and Payments Drive Loyalty in Consumer Banking?

With less than 3 weeks left to Sibos I am eagerly awaiting the start of the conference. One of my favorite events within the event is Innotribe – a forum for forward thinking debate, discussion on innovative technologies, learning about new solutions, and collaboration through exchange of ideas. This year I am intrigued by the…

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