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Chris M Skinner

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, TheFinanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

Technology strategy is the bank strategy

In banks today, technology strategy is the essence of business strategy.  In capital markets, where algorithmic trading analytics can make the difference between success and failure, technology is critical to competitiveness.  If you cannot compete with another bank’s new derivatives capabilities, which are driven by technical excellence, you might as …

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Technology strategy is the bank strategy

In banks today, technology strategy is the essence of business strategy.  In capital markets, where algorithmic trading analytics can make the difference between success and failure, technology is critical to competitiveness.  If you cannot compete with another bank’s new derivatives capabilities, which are driven by technical excellence, you might as …

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Technology strategy is the bank strategy

In banks today, technology strategy is the essence of business strategy.  In capital markets, where algorithmic trading analytics can make the difference between success and failure, technology is critical to competitiveness.  If you cannot compete with another bank’s new derivatives capabilities, which are driven by technical excellence, you might as …

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Bank technologies are obsolete the day you buy them

I have had the contention for a while that Technology needs to be seen as disposable.  The day you buy it, it is out-of-date.  No sooner do you invest in new technology, than you find your investment is obsolete.    It has always been this way ever since the PC …

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Bank technologies are obsolete the day you buy them

I have had the contention for a while that Technology needs to be seen as disposable.  The day you buy it, it is out-of-date.  No sooner do you invest in new technology, than you find your investment is obsolete.    It has always been this way ever since the PC …

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Grids, clouds, parallelism and paralysis

We were debating Parallel Processing, Grids and Virutalisation in depth last week at the Tradetech Architecture conference.  Halfway through the conference, discussions of Amazon started en masse.  I have to say that until recently I thought Amazon was an online book store. Apparently not.  Amazon is a Cloud. Cloud computing …

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Half of City accused of being drunk

Last month, City broker Venetia Thompson wrote a tell-all tale of hedonism and debauchery in London’s trading rooms, which was published in the Spectator.  This month, according to the Daily Mail, Venetia Thompson is on the dole queue (see endnote).    Mind you, looking at what she was saying, I’m …

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Half of City accused of being drunk

Last month, City broker Venetia Thompson wrote a tell-all tale of hedonism and debauchery in London’s trading rooms, which was published in the Spectator.  This month, according to the Daily Mail, Venetia Thompson is on the dole queue (see endnote).    Mind you, looking at what she was saying, I’m …

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Microsoft’s internal Vista docs released by law

A friend of mine sent me this link last week, having seen how annoyed I’ve been about Windows Vista.  It’s a link to internal memos from Microsoft SVP’s and other senior staff in Q1 2007, airing the same issues I had with Vista.  It’s slow.  Graphics and software and peripherals …

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Microsoft’s internal Vista docs released by law

A friend of mine sent me this link last week, having seen how annoyed I’ve been about Windows Vista.  It’s a link to internal memos from Microsoft SVP’s and other senior staff in Q1 2007, airing the same issues I had with Vista.  It’s slow.  Graphics and software and peripherals …

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Microsoft’s internal Vista docs released by law

A friend of mine sent me this link last week, having seen how annoyed I’ve been about Windows Vista.  It’s a link to internal memos from Microsoft SVP’s and other senior staff in Q1 2007, airing the same issues I had with Vista.  It’s slow.  Graphics and software and peripherals …

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Visualise your virus

Most of us are fearful of virus, malware and phishing, especially in the financial industry.  Therefore, I was pleased to see a way to make our fears become reality by the online security firm Messagelabs.  Messagelabs has visualised these online security threats into art and you can checkout this lot …

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Visualise your virus

Most of us are fearful of virus, malware and phishing, especially in the financial industry.  Therefore, I was pleased to see a way to make our fears become reality by the online security firm Messagelabs.  Messagelabs has visualised these online security threats into art and you can checkout this lot …

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The Supply Chainsaw Massacre

As those who deal with me in my work as Balatro know, I’m a one-man band.  I gain most of my knowledge by conferencing, networking, meeting, consulting and drinking with bankers and technologists through the Financial Services Club, and all the other events I speak, chair and present at.  Why …

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The Supply Chainsaw Massacre

As those who deal with me in my work as Balatro know, I’m a one-man band.  I gain most of my knowledge by conferencing, networking, meeting, consulting and drinking with bankers and technologists through the Financial Services Club, and all the other events I speak, chair and present at.  Why …

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