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Cloud computing in financial services: a reality check

Cloud computing in financial services: a reality check

22nd December 2011

Company: IBM
A rapid shift in attitude towards cloud computing is happening within the financial services industry. A recent Gartner survey (1) found that cloud is the top priority for global FS CIOs, yet the hype surrounding the topic often suggests otherwise. IBM’s Nick Davis cuts through the noise to answer the question – what is really happening with... read more
Automating the P2P process with document management

Automating the P2P process with document management

21st December 2011

Company: V1
By Julian Buck, managing director, Version OneAmidst a turbulent economic climate, UK businesses are looking at ways to cut costs while ensuring greater control over spending. Procurement is under close scrutiny in many UK organisations, however somewhat surprisingly, some companies’ procure to pay (P2P) processes remain paper heavy and labour-... read more
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Trading data for cash

20th December 2011

Company: Cordys
By Richard Helliar, UK managing director for Global Business Operations, Cordys.The global credit crisis has forced change in the dynamic between credit and cash management and as a result the market now rewards companies that are liquid and less reliant on external funding. Recently Citigroup stated that companies with higher liquidity are... read more
Why banks need real-time risk data at their fingertips

Why banks need real-time risk data at their fingertips

16th December 2011

Company: SAS
By Dale Stevens, head of Capital Markets, SAS UKThe global financial crisis and ongoing market volatility in the eurozone are having profound implications for the capital markets. A bout of stringent regulation has swept through the industry in recent years and banks are under pressure to better understand their risk exposure. The global regulatory... read more
CFOs are able to rest assured with a holistic view of reconciliation

CFOs are able to rest assured with a holistic view of reconciliation

16th December 2011

Company: Fiserv
By Andy Mellor, senior product manager, financial control solutions, FiservAccountability or responsibility? So maybe it’s not what Shakespeare had in mind, but surely this is the question. The question that keeps CFOs awake at night, that is. And CROs, CEOs, line of business managers, and auditors, as well. Recent news articles have highlighted... read more
Where's my delta?

Where's my delta?

15th December 2011

By Jor Molchan, director, Sapient Global Markets, Fabrice Douglas Rouah, director, Sapient Global Markets The increased use of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, such as barrier options, is presenting new challenges for writers of these options who wish to hedge their positions. Hedging involves eliminating risk in one investment by... read more
2011: The year of “mobile-assisted shopping”

2011: The year of “mobile-assisted shopping”

15th December 2011

Company: Sybase
By Haridas Nair, vice-president, mCommerce Solutions and Services, Sybase 365Will holiday shoppers bring mobile purchasing into the mainstream this year? They are ready, according to a recent joint survey done recently by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Sybase 365. (1) Almost two-thirds of US consumers - 62 per cent - say they would be... read more
E-business suitability myths and strategies for the insurance industry

E-business suitability myths and strategies for the insurance industry

15th December 2011

By Randy Croce CPCU, CIC, Tata Consultancy Services The insurance industry is cautious by nature; after all, it is a business based on managing risk. Slower to embrace e-business strategies compared to securities, brokers and investment companies, this industry has made circumspective steps in progressing towards an online presence; primarily, by... read more
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OTC markets: Increasing transparency in the valuation process

15th December 2011

By Anthony Belcher, director, EMEA Valuations, Interactive DataIn the post-crisis world there has been a much greater demand for information in the financial markets. Clients, auditors and regulators are seeking a holistic view and are calling for more openness and insight into the investment activity of financial firms. The need for greater... read more
And so here comes the egg before the chicken

And so here comes the egg before the chicken

15th December 2011

Company: Fixnetix
Snippets from pending regulatory environments in Europe and USKaren Bertoli, chief marketing officer, Fixnetix and Bob Fuller, chairman of the MiFID IT Sub Group and director, FixnetixNews is news when it first occurs and we have all heard the phrase “old news is no news”. One would be hard pressed to not see, hear or read the daily worldwide... read more