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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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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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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Building the Bank of the Future – with Standards!

With Sibos fast approaching, it is about time I introduced you to another of our stand partners. This time though, our partner interview is a little different than with traditional software partners. As many of you will have seen from my previous posts, Microsoft is a founding member of BIAN (Banking Industry Architecture Network) –…

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Core Banking on Microsoft Windows and SQL - Gaining Momentum...

Last week I had the privilege to attend and speak at the Temenos Community Forum in Barcelona. Over the years this has expanded from being a customer-only event to also include prospects, partners, press and analysts. The Temenos team always organizes a great conference; the locations are terrific, and the evening events weave in local…

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Introducing Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B)

More and more I hear our customers and partners around the world asking for a Microsoft view on how to best leverage technology to transform banking. Banks are faced with complex decisions to modernize core infrastructure, increase employee productivity and also provide innovation to customers. It is quite a challenge! Many banks of course use Microsoft technology…

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Going Beyond 'Five Nines' Uptime on the Microsoft Platform

Payments processing has always demanded a high performance, and highly resiliant platfrom. This is true of Fedwire and other RTGS systems, national ACH systems, and card transaction platforms alike. As the first of these systems was implemented in the 1970s and 1980s it isn’t surprising that mainframe architectures have prevailed in this space ever since….

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Global Adoption of ISO20022. Is it possible?

It is easy to think of ISO20022 as a Europe-only set of message definitions because of the machinations around SEPA, and so the broader value of ISO20022 and its global applicability can be lost when it is viewed only as a SEPA issue.   At Sibos 2010 I was delighted to participate in a panel discussion at the…

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Back to the Future?

Last month Citi, typically known as an IT innovator in the financial services world, announced it is to replace its aging legacy core banking system with another mainframe-based batch system. Because of the relatively large number of mainframe solutions specific to the US market, and a host of outsourced solutions that also run on the…

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