Untangling Your Capital Markets Systems Infrastructure

Capital Markets Systems Infrastructure (CMSI) is typically fraught with multiple systems from multiple vendors. When the major components, solutions, and vendors supporting the CMSI have been around for decades, why does this complexity and thorniness endure?

6 step guide to successful project management and IT ROI

In an earlier blog we discussed below horizon risks that the CIO has to face and manage. These are largely unknown to the organization, at least until they get it totally wrong! In the cases where initiatives fail, often the reason isn’t the technology, but how well it is managed, and that leads back to project management.

Can protocol buffers improve the speed of your website?

Recently, I started doing research into protocol buffers and decided to run performance tests to see if they are a viable option for reducing server response time over traditional JSON APIs. As I am new to protocol buffers, I made a demo site to test the different API types. See it here.

Can a data lake save investment firms millions?

According to TabbFORUM, investment managers annually spend millions of dollars in avoidable direct costs due to poor data management technology and operations architecture. Within many large organizations, the management of data is left solely to the business verticals, and in some cases to individual teams. This breeds data duplication, and the quality of the final data can be questionable at best. To add insult to injury, data is obfuscated through poor usage of tools like Excel.  BMA’s, (Business Managed Applications) when built in Excel are fraught with data linage issues, along with maintenance of the sheet, which in the best of cases is tedious. Through these current entrenched practices, companies are throwing millions of dollars away.

Topics: Data management

Distributed Ledger Technology: Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

This blog originally appeared on TabbFORUM.

In the fintech community we have become accustomed to the constantly changing “hot subject of the year”. As new technology capability arrives, it is used to solve another of the verticals problems, while in many cases create new ones.The interest in an “emergent” * technology like Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is not really new, however the level of interest is.

From Data Swamps to Data Lakes

Data is the backbone of any application.
 Without good data, without a solid foundation, the applications that we build are unstable and possibly detrimental to the business: they can and will provide bad insights which may and will lead to less than desirable actions, putting the business at risk.

Topics: Data management

Cloud Security: how to mitigate the risk?

As more startup’s look to the cloud as their platform of choice, the question becomes how secure is the cloud – and more importantly the applications built on this infrastructure? What can we do to mitigate the risk? 

Has your data lake dried up yet?

This blog originally appeared on TabbFORUM.

The big push over the past few years has been the move to create enterprise Data Lakes to provide a “single source of the truth,” along with control, efficiency and responsiveness. This often is done in line with major efforts, particularly in:

  • Risk, where it was aimed at creating a consistent basis to draw the self-reconciling views across market, credit and finance; and in
  • Legacy consolidation & re-engineering efforts, where it was to remove the duplication of data and its maintenance as a part of a mop up and displace process.

Topics: Data management

DGIQ afterthoughts


Hear our CTO, David Lattimore-Gay as he shares his afterthoughts on DGIQ 2016, big data and related topics.

Live from DGIQ 2016: Day 3


Hear our CTO, David Lattimore-Gay's latest opinions from DGIQ as he shares his views on big data and related topics. We will update vlogs on a regular basis.