Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

Tomorrow’s trading tools

By Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

Every now and then, a piece of technology comes along that revolutionises the way we think or act or behave.  Take the smartphone, in just two years its penetration has risen from less than 30% to over 60% in the UK.   That one small device in your pocket gives you access to a world of apps, video communication, instant message, social media, all at the touch of a button or a swipe of a screen.  Indeed, I often wonder what I did before they came along!

Gesture-based user interfaces and easy-to-use communication and collaboration services are making their way onto the trading floor.  This is a complex environment where traders need to be able to communicate easily and effectively in real-time, and make fast and well-informed decisions. They also need to be in control of complicated trading strategies and demanding client relationships. [Read more...]

Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

A day in the life of a sales trader

By Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

I recently wrote a post for TabbFORUM on effective communication and invisible technology.  It gave readers a little peak into the day in the life of a sales trader. What technologies do they use the most? Where are operations getting held up? Are there any opportunities for the technology to be improved?

Traders are early birds.  At 6.30am they’re up and calling clients as they’re already on the way to the trading floor. They use their smartphone or tablet to keep updated with the latest market activity, and have received updates via email throughout the night. By 7.00am, they’re listening to the morning call on their trading turret -a specialised device- being updated on the overnight activity and the overarching strategy for the day. At the same time, they’ll be checking all the real-time news and market data that’s been delivered via the cloud.

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Jayne Smith

BYOD: How do you ensure mobile security?

By: Jayne Smith, Mobility Portfolio Manager

Did you know there are over one billion smartphones in the world today? But what’s incredible to learn is that the number is set to double in the next three years, and the sale of tablets will soon overtake traditional PCs. You could say that mobile working is here to stay.

We know that mobile working can boost productivity and flexibility and it’s fundamental to business resilience, but what happens if your employees want to use their work phones and connect to a cafe’s Wi-Fi, or use their own device at work? [Read more...]


BYOD is happening now — how can I get my network to cope with the demand?

By Jayne Smith, Mobility Portfolio Manager.

Whether you’re at home or at the office, everyone these days expects faster, uninterrupted connection. And, employees are increasingly choosing to use their own devices at work. They’re becoming more mobile, more collaborative and, like me, expect more from their network and access. Recent BT ‘Beyond Your Device’ research has shown that the use of smart devices has led to an increase in bandwidth demand across 84% of organisations.

Be they personal or corporate, networks must change to successfully support the introduction smart devices. Current network architecture is likely to struggle with the way these devices connect to the network, the capacity they need and the speed at which users expect them to work. The user wants the same experience whichever device they use — so a network that supports this new way of working is vital. [Read more...]

Jonathan Bates, Mobility Analyst, BT Global Services

Could mobile application dependence prove costly?

By: Jonathan Bates, Mobility Analyst, BT Global Services

The answer, unfortunately, is probably yes — our reliance on data hungry applications, whether on our BYOD or company provided devices, can lead to some nasty surprises without the right processes in place. 

The reliance on social media, satellite navigation, productivity tools and geo-aware travel applications all mean we want our data connection wherever we are. The smartphone becomes even more important when we are in a place or country we don’t know that well.  We have more and better devices; we may take a Smartphone and tablet, both data enabled, with us on business trips. 

The LTE/4G networks also mean we have a faster service for our dependence on applications.  Recent figures suggest a 100% increase in data usage when a LTE/4G data connection is used due to improved experience and capability. 

The problem comes with the various, and often complicated, charging mechanisms in place to pay for our 3G/4G data consumption.  [Read more...]