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Finace SectorThe finance sector remains one of the biggest technology spenders and as an industry is heavily reliant upon technology in terms of its organisational structure, products and services development and its service delivery.

Technology has truly revolutionised banking and this bears no cross-industry comparison. In grocery retail, 50 years ago, essentials might have been delivered to your door by bike. Now Tesco might get them to you in a van; the interface might be via the web but the customer service hasn't advanced much. Contrast this with banking where, 50 years ago, banks were still handwriting customer statements, money was only available from the branch and cash spoke loudest.

A far cry from today's banking – and all due to changes the like of which we'll probably never see again. Paper-based processes now managed electronically by banks' proprietary software coupled with industry-wide web-based delivery standards. The benefits? Better integration with cash management, cost savings, greater efficiency and all translating to better bottom line profitability.

IT continues to enable levels of service customers expect. We are told that change is the only constant and that has never been more true than in the case of the finance sector.


National Cyber Security Centre to be UK authority on information security - 21 Mar 2016

From ComputerWeekly.com The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is to be the UK's one-stop authority on infosec, based in London and led by GCHQ's Ciaran Martin. Announced by Chancellor George Osborne in November 2015, it will focus on the financial sector as a top priority. One of the NCSC's first ... read more..

Cyber insurance still too expensive and complex, Government report admits - 25 Mar 2015

From Computerworld UK The UK must urgently find ways to make cyber risk insurance cheaper and less complex for the firms that could benefit from it, a major report compiled by the Government with input from the insurance industry and business has concluded. The Government signalled its determination to get to the ... read more..

Insurance firm Staysure fined £175,000 for 'unbelievable' credit card hack - 05 Mar 2015

From Computerworld UK The ICO has handed online insurance firm Staysure.co.uk a stinging £175,000 fine after chaotic security practices allowed hackers to steal details of 100,000 credit card numbers from the firm's database, several thousand of which experienced fraud. The ICO's investigation notes read like a case study in the way that ... read more..

RBS landed with £56m fine over IT meltdown - 25 Nov 2014

From ZDNet RBS Group has been hit with over 56 million in fines following significant IT failures two years ago. The problems, which affected RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank during June 2012, left 6.5 million customers unable to get accurate balances for their accounts and use some banking services online and at ... read more..

Android business users targeted by mafia-made malware app - 27 May 2014

From IT Pro A new malware named 'iBanking' is being used by Russian cybercrime gangs to infiltrate the business and finance sectors. The tool is one of the most expensive pieces of malware sold on underground markets, according to security company Symantec. Its designer even distributes the virus with a Software as ... read more..

Why tech projects fail: five unspoken reasons - 15 Apr 2013

From InformationWeek Depending on which consultancy you ask and what they're ultimately trying to sell you, the failure rate for technology projects is anywhere from 37% to 75%. I especially like the 37% not 35, but 37 because those extra two percentage points give the kind of false precision ... read more..

Questions that a Chairman or CEO Should Ask their CIO About Cloud Services (OpinionWire 15 June 2012) - 15 Jun 2012

For SAP's HANA, Success Depends on Innovative AppsHANA, SAP's new in-memory database technology, was ubiquitous at the vendor's recent Sapphire Now conference in Orlando, Florida. In keynotes, executive meetings and demonstrations, SAP and its partners made the case that HANA represents such an immense improvement over previous technologies that, beyond ... read more..

IBM Gets Smarter About Big Data and Self-Service Analytics (OpinionWire 4 May 2012) - 04 May 2012

First-Mover Advantage in Big Data Awaits Asia-Pacific BanksBig data in banking continues to raise more strategy questions than there are technology answers, but it is emerging as a critical cog in the machinery that banks need to put in place in order to compete in the digital economy. First-mover competitive ... read more..

UK Strategy and Spending Benchmark 2011 - 30 Sep 2011

Cliff Mills, NCC Research Manager The IT department has not been immune to the economic uncertainties that have faced organisations in the past few years, whether in the private or public sector. IT has a pivotal role to play in aiding the streamlining of business processes, introducing operational efficiencies, and ... read more..

Are FDs avoiding the cloud? - 21 Sep 2011

cloud computing The pros and cons of cloud computing may be regularly debated by the IT team but what about the rest of the business? How many financial directors (FDs) are still afraid to take the plunge? Most are familiar with the compelling benefits of lower capital expenditure, improved financial ... read more..

Decline and divide in IT spending - 12 Sep 2011

NCC Media ReleaseFrom the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK. 12th September 2011.A new survey from the National Computing Centre, The Benchmark of IT Spending and Strategy 2011 shows that UK organisational Information Technology (IT) spending remains in decline. A significant divide in IT spending between public and private sectors ... read more..

Users unhappy with information from finance systems, finds NCC survey - 20 Jun 2011

Media ReleaseFrom the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK. For issue 20th June 2011The majority of organisations are dissatisfied with the quality of information that they are able to produce from their finance systems. This is according to new research commissioned by the National Computing Centres Evaluation Centre service. (www.evaluationcentre.com).The ... read more..

Making better business decisions: the role of financial software - 13 Jun 2011

financial data management It used to be the case that companies would have a different software package for each key function within their business. This inevitably led to a spread of information, a lot of rekeying, and due to the time it takes to gather information and compile reports, the ... read more..

Mobile devices are being used to prevent fraud (OpinionWire 11 March 2011) - 14 Mar 2011

Mobile devices are being used to prevent fraudThe growing use of mobile devices for a whole range of business and private applications provides many advantages. However, while we all appreciate the benefits of instant access to information on the move, there are often security implications that need to be addressed. ... read more..

Sharing knowledge in Finance and Accounting Systems - 21 Oct 2010

21 October 2010 Log in to download the presentations for free We are delighted to invite you as our guest to share in the debate, opinions of our experts and experience of your peers about the state of the market today and what to do about it in these economic ... read more..

Metro says “love your bank” but it is not making it easy (OpinionWire 6 August 2010) - 06 Aug 2010

Metro Bank threw open its doors in the UK on 29 July with all the razzamatazz expected of a new entrant hoping to make an impact on both the media and prospective customers on its first day of trading. However, for all the glitz and gimmickry, new account holders might ... read more..

Cash is king, long live the king - and the ATM channel (OpinionWire, 16 July 2010) - 16 Jul 2010

The vision of a cashless society will not be fulfilled in the foreseeable future. Cash is expected to remain the primary method of payment by volume. Consequently, competitive banks need to maintain or expand their ATM channels. However, this needs to happen with a strong focus on efficiency as the ... read more..

Canada shows new markets moving to high-frequency trading (OpinionWire, 9 July 2010) - 09 Jul 2010

Canadian alternative equities trading venue Omega ATS has moved onto a newer, faster matching engine, which is the software that matches buy and sell orders in a given stock and thus is the core of any exchange or venue. This indicates that competition in Canada is still growing and demand ... read more..

Will 2010 spell success for a US insurance change (OpinionWire, 18 June 2010) - 18 Jun 2010

Property and casualty electronic insurance exchanges have not had an illustrious history of success. It seems inherently reasonable that an industry that consists entirely of information and process flows would conduct its transactions electronically. However, arguments about customization of underwriting data requirements, fear of commoditization, and unwillingness to shoulder ... read more..

Discovering the silver lining - 25 May 2010

business driven IT investmentSeeking out the investments that support business challengesIn the depths of recession many businesses took traditional, reactive cost-cutting measures such as pay freezes and reductions in departmental budgets to get through the toughest parts of the economic winter. However, as we begin to see the green shoots ... read more..

Finance – a move to shared services - 29 Apr 2010

From the National Computing Centre, Manchester UK.For issue 30th April 2010As companies struggle with uncertainty, both in the general economy and their particular marketplace, the finance department is facing increased demand for improved management information, cost reductions and efficiency savings. This is according to new research commissioned by the Evaluation ... read more..

Attitude Key to Success of the Digital Economy Bill - 23 Apr 2010

John Lovelock, Chief Executive of FAST IiS (the Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software), discusses possible threats to the digital economy. The digital economy has received much publicity over the last year, and especially the last few weeks. The Governments Digital Britain Report has led to the Digital ... read more..

Is Flexibility the Key to Stability in 2010? - 22 Feb 2010

With unemployment, hiring freezes and redundancy dominating the headlines, its not surprising that many business professionals will happily say goodbye to a recession-dominated 2009 and look forward to a more positive 2010. The IT sector, like many others, was unable to sidestep the impact of a global recession, experiencing a ... read more..

Customer Convenience - 22 Feb 2010

Growing numbers of banks and financial institutions are adopting text messaging as part of a raft of measures designed to improve customer communication, enhance service levels and attain competitive advantage. However, the constraints of traditional text technology have limited the range of services that can be delivered to customers. Leveraging ... read more..

NCC news: View from the front line - 22 Feb 2010

How do CFOs and FDs gain greater competitive advantage whilst minimising their companys costs? The National Computing Centre and ICAEW brought together senior finance executives and industry experts to debate this key issue. In most organisations the economic decision maker for large-scale IT purchases is the FD, CFO or board ... read more..

Results of NCC Member Question: Desktop Virtualisation and Green IT - 09 Dec 2009

Results of NCC Member Question Issued 27 November 2009We plan to move our Trading Room to another building. Currently we have conventional PCs rack mounted in a comms room with a small remote box (connected to the PC over ethernet cable) on the traders desks providing display, k/board and mouse ... read more..

Future of the Desktop - 04 Dec 2009

(Article taken from Management Guidelines 331 Future of the Desktop)The desktop computing marketplace is fast-paced, with an increasing variety of options for the delivery of information both within an organisation and the wider connected community. In facilitating this information, the way in which applications are installed and accessed has become ... read more..

Budgeting in a Recovering Economy - 04 Dec 2009

(Article taken from Management Guidelines 330 Budgeting in a Recovering Economy) It will have escaped nobodys notice that this has been a tough year. Consequently, anyone who is in the process of or about to start the forthcoming years budget planning round may be considering the prospect with some trepidation. ... read more..

How Advanced are your Legacy Applications? - 12 Nov 2009

Research conducted by the National Computing Centre and Atos Consulting, the consulting arm of Atos Origin, has revealed that businesses are re-establishing growth agendas and are becoming ever more dependent on IT solutions to differentiate and remain competitive. This survey highlights that in all companies, large and small, legacy IT ... read more..

Innovations in Code Maintenance - 12 Nov 2009

Within IT, code maintenance is an often overlooked area of misery and costs. Code maintenance is generally overlooked as the costs and potential problems associated with cleaning up old code can be huge. The industry sees their options are to leave the code as is and accept the massive code ... read more..

 

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