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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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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Banking Sustainability on the Eve of Sibos 2012

Kon nichi wa Osaka. After a missed connection on the way from Chicago, I finally checked into the hotel at midnight, thankful my luggage also survived the trip. As a wet drizzle blankets Osaka on Sunday morning the Microsoft team is making our final preparations, and it gives me a chance for a blog post…

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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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