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Breaking Bad Banking Habits with Compliance

17th July 2014

Company: Fonetic
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” said Aristotle. We all have bad habits, many of which are picked up from those around us such as our family, our friends and our colleagues. In fact psychologically speaking, ‘mimicking’ is an evolutionary and subconscious device we all adopt to... read more
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Small ‘FinTech’ firms should not be overlooking outsourcing for competitive advantage

16th July 2014

Company: bobsguide
The case for outsourcing for large financial technology firms is so compelling that companies such as Thomson and Reuters (prior to their merger) as well as Standard & Poor’s now have well-developed networks of research, knowledge-processing operations and development teams across the globe. There are many parts of a business that... read more
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Developing nations lead financial technology innovation

14th July 2014

Company: bobsguide
The mobile payments industry is booming in developing nations and research shows that these countries are at the forefront of innovation within the financial technology (Fintech) sector. With the majority of innovation in Africa, India and Asia Pacific coming from mobile devices and wireless technologies, it demonstrates that emerging markets can... read more
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Google Ventures into Europe to find new tech innovation

11th July 2014

Company: bobsguide
Google has announced the creation of a European arm of its venture capital fund, Google Ventures.  In a recent blog post this week, Bill Maris (Managing Partner, Google Ventures) broadcasted that Google Ventures is launching the new $100 million fund, to help support the next generation of European entrepreneurs. “Our goal is... read more
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Startupbootcamp accelerates FinTech innovators

10th July 2014

Company: bobsguide
London has gained status as a global financial services hub and Startupbootcamp, one of Europe’s most prominent accelerators, have launched their latest programme aimed specifically at FinTech start-ups right here in the capital. In partnership with financial firms, including Lloyds Banking Group, MasterCard and Rabobank, Startupbootcamp have... read more
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The rise of the software-defined bank

9th July 2014

Company: AppDynamics
Software will play a fundamental role in the future of UK retail banking. Mobile apps and other digital services are becoming one of the main decision criteria, as customers vote with their feet and fingers and eschew local branches for their day-to-day banking. A 2013 study by Nottingham University shows that 40 per cent of all UK bank and... read more
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DevOps – why it’s good news for the business and how to make it work

8th July 2014

The disconnect between development and operation teams has long been a source of at best, irritation and at worst, slowdown of business innovation. From a developer’s point of view the operations team were seen as the bottleneck preventing their beautiful code from getting into customers’ hands.  From the operations team’s... read more
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Cash: the unsung hero of major events

7th July 2014

Company: Fiserv
Major sporting events such as the 2014 World Cup often see strains placed on a wide range of public services in the host country. Issues with infrastructure and services are one thing, but the spike in demand for cash often goes unreported.  A large proportion of the hundreds of thousands of fans travelling to World Cup venues will desire... read more
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Is FATCA making banking more transparent or more complicated?

4th July 2014

Company: bobsguide
America’s global tax law, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), came into force on July 1st 2014 to uncover US national’s undeclared money sitting in foreign banks. FATCA intends to improve banking transparency and twinned with the fact the US is the only large economy that taxes citizens on their overseas earnings, the act has... read more
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The future of cloud computing

4th July 2014

Company: Fujitsu
Over the last year, the concept of cloud has continued to build momentum as it has rapidly moved into the mainstream.  In fact it is now fair to say that cloud as a distinct topic has started to fade into the background – organisations are now simply leveraging all kinds of cloud services as a necessary component of their digital... read more