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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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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Sibos 2013 - Countdown to Dubai

Geographically and culturally it is difficult to imagine two more different locations between the last Sibos in Osaka Japan, to this year in Dubai. One constant however is that regardless of location, Sibos remains the top global banking conference. With just four weeks to go, I am excited that the Microsoft team is finalizing preparations for our Sibos…

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Payments is an Information Business

In my teens, I remember TV commercials for Yellow Pages in the UK.  The publication would list local retailers by category, and then you could call to see if the retailer had the item in stock. Maybe if they were a ‘nice retailer’ they would but the item aside for you (a boy wanting a…

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Microsoft 4Afrika - and the Future of Cloud Financial Services in Africa

This week Microsoft announced its 4Afrika initiative. This is a new effort through which the company will actively engage in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. By 2016, the 4Afrika Initiative plans to help place tens of millions of smart devices in the hands of African youth, bring 1 million African small and…

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Real Time Risk Management at Sibos with Cloud Trading Technologies

With only a few days to go to Sibos Toronto, today I would like to introduce you to another of Microsoft’s Sibos stand partners. Cloud Trading Technologies is an incredibly innovative financial services partner with a focus on Electronic Trading and Risk Management.  To provide some more insight to latest developments and their Sibos presence,…

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Payment Screening in the Cloud

This week RBS found the spotlight in an unenviable way when it was fined GBP 5.6M by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for insufficient controls over payments screening processes. According to news articles, the list of transgressions include a breakdown of manual procedures and also inadequate technology functionality. Regulators in the UK and USA are…

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