Connecting for a smooth and seamless performance at lower cost

By: Jonathan Brasnett, Head of Global Mobility

Mobile working is already second nature. Smart organisations know that employees, who can work anywhere, get more done. This demand for mobile working saw global mobile data traffic grew in 2013 by 81 per cent* with predictions of a 750 per cent increase** over the next three years.

Seamless, secure connectivity is vital to keeping people productive and prepared, but mobile costs are escalating along with the vast amounts of data being consumed. The question is: how do you enable your employees to connect easily anywhere and do so while keeping mobile spending under control? Well, that’s where we come in. [Read more...]

Pressing the flesh at the Cisco Live ideas factory

Innovative technology: the Asian markets

By: Annabella Yau, Managing Director, North East Asia, BT Global Services

One of the most exciting parts about my job is experiencing the wealth of different markets across the globe; specifically in China, Hong Kong and Korea. People all over the world are keen to be (and stay) connected, and we’ve all got a multitude of devices and ways to connect — whether that’s at an industry event using our smartphones, or at an airport through the wi-fi, or in the office, using video, audio and IM.

We live in an era where we’re more connected than ever before. With constantly changing technology, making sure we’re effectively and securely connected has become a complicated process. We need to see IT as an art, rather than a science. Keeping up with the global pace means using the technology we already have, innovating where we can, all in an attempt to stay ahead of the curve. [Read more...]

Dave Dunbar, GM, Flexible Working Services

What mobility strategy?

By Dave Dunbar, Head of Advise Anywhere, BT Advise UK

Mobility used to be all about minutes and tariffs. It used to be a commodity, pure and simple. Things have changed.

The Mobility ecosystem is evolving at a frightening pace. Your devices and PC’s have gone feral. They’ve gotten out, met with their much more rebellious consumer focussed cousins and formed a brand new tribe. Right now, we are in a transition phase between a past where devices, data and applications were owned and controlled by the enterprise and a new reality where enterprise solutions will sit within a much more diffuse and distributed cauldron of functionality. [Read more...]

Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

BT Netrix HiTouch keeps traders in control

By Robin Farnan, Managing Director, BT Financial Technology Services

We recently attended TradeTech in Paris where it became evident that a new approach to trading is emerging – one that requires a range of execution styles from pure high-touch, to broker-assisted hybrid to pure low-touch electronic/algo. Success now depends on effective real time collaboration that allows you to pull all your expertise together instantly and transact business in multiple asset classes across the whole trade cycle – pre-trade, trade, and post-trade – using a range of execution styles.

You need a unified trading environment where you can interact, collaborate and trade compliantly across organisations and the globe, using reliable, effective communication tools underpinned by an agile technology infrastructure that is cost effective and resilient and which helps you stay compliant. [Read more...]

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...]