Tim Furmidge

Why take the risk? Big ideas for preventing market abuse in financial firms

By Tim Furmidge, Head of Product Management, BT’s Financial Technology Services

I recently participated in a webinar that looked into how financial firms can guard against market abuse and manipulation. ‘Bracing for the Wave – or Sailing Ahead of It? – Reducing Risk Through Benchmark Data Controls’ looked at the Libor scandal of 2012 as an example to kick off a frank discussion about the practicalities of avoiding the behaviours that caused it.

Professor Michael Mainelli, executive chairman of think tank Z/Yen Group, set the scene, outlining the Libor scandal and its aftermath. Robert Simpson, vice president of Verint’s global Financial Compliance Practice and I then explored the ways in which data capture, process and analysis can discover abuse or manipulation while helping to comply with regulations and market rules specified by financial authorities. Our conversations also covered the need to manage trickier data, such as unstructured voice and chat data. [Read more…]


Ruck and roll: the event of the season


By Kevin Taylor, President, BT Asia, Middle East and Africa & Global Logistics 

Our work in AMEA is one of our proudest achievements, from our initial investment in the area, to our case studies of the individual organisations, such as the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and the tangible impact that some of our technology is having. It’s been another exciting week for the BT AMEA team, as we prepare for the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens — the most anticipated event in the Asia sporting calendar.

We’re the proud sponsors of the Wales National Sevens Squad for the 2013/14 IRB HSBS Sevens World Series. It’s a great way of promoting our brand within the emerging markets, where six of the nine tournaments are hosted in AMEA, as well as supporting exciting sporting activity.
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Rebecca Pedley

What do you get when over 100 women who work in IT are put together in a room?

By Rebecca Pedley, Global Marketing

Excellent networking opportunities, four great speaker sessions, and interesting discussions about careers and innovation in the industry. On 13 March, the Tesco Women in IT event was held at the Institute of General Practitioners in London and women were definitely the theme of the day. [Read more…]

Steve Gillies

The Romance of Technology

Technology is certainly breaking down the barriers between work and home. It feels like our work life balance has gone to hell in a handcart. Now, it seems it is gate-crashing the bedroom with more and more of us checking email the last thing we do before the head hits the pillow. Can technology ever be romantic? Now, it’s hard to say this with a straight face but this question is being asked with the news that there is dramatic rise in the use of electronic devices in the bedroom. Let’s get one thing straight up front. I’m talking about laptops, tablets and smartphones.  

I’ve always had a kind of romantic view of technology seeing it as liberating humankind from the drudgeries of everyday life, promoting global social cohesion and world peace through international commerce. However, I’ve never really thought of it as a way of being more romantic with my beloved. For the record I never take my devices to bed but maybe I should. A little suggested competition can’t be a bad thing, can it? Maybe under-cover tweeting would be a good thing. Sharing a video on YouTube of a stupid cat doing something daft could be intimate, couldn’t it? After all, they say laughter is at the heart of intimacy. We could instant message each other, saying goodnight with the stroke of a few keys. That would be great, wouldn’t it? I don’t think so. I really don’t want my mind filled with petty office issues last thing. Other than cheese and coffee I can’t think of anything more likely to give me a restless night. [Read more…]

Power of networks

Healthcare that connects

Next week sees Europe’s most exciting healthcare innovation event open at London’s ExCel centre.

Offering more than 10,000 attendees a unique chance to hear from leading figures from the industry, it’s a great opportunity to see how the new healthcare landscape looks. [Read more…]