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2019 (8)
Simon Richards

Simon Richards

Global Managing Director Financial Services at tekVizion
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Bio tekVizion delivers automated solutions for Financial Services Capital Markets Trading Floors. We validate, certify and automate communications and collaboration. Our deep expertise and vendor neutrality make us the most trusted partner in the industry. Career History Simon is a highly experienced business leader in the comms and FS sectors. Prior to joining tekVizion, Simon was CEO of Fonetic, where he led global sales working with some of the world's biggest investment banks.


Unified Communications in Financial Services

The parable of the breakfast cereal - and what banks' Ops teams can learn from it

18 Nov 2019

There’s an iconic TV advert in the UK for a breakfast cereal, where even the ‘hero’ can’t eat more than two Shredded Wheat. It was even cited by David Cameron when he was Prime Minister, when he declared he wouldn’t seek a third term. Created in the US in the 1890s, it was launched on an unsuspecting British breakfast-eating public as a “a relief ...

Unified Communications in Financial Services

How banks can avoid falling foul of MiFID II reporting requirements

21 Oct 2019

The red light is ‘blinking’ – but are you sure you’re recording? Investment banks know they need to record their trades or face the wrath of the regulator. However, too often it is taken for granted with everyone assuming the recording is happening … until the regulator asks for it and they can’t find it. In this blog I’ll examine why it is essent...


Unified Communications in Financial Services

Why banks’ DevOps can’t be all Dev and no Ops

09 Sep 2019

‘Back office’ really doesn’t do justice to the pivotal role played by banks’ operations teams. It conjures an image of people dutifully beavering away to keep the lights on, happy for those on the frontline that is the trading floor to take the credit and glory. Nothing could be – or at least should be – further from the truth. In Accenture’s 2018...

Unified Communications in Financial Services

How investment banks can respond to the fintech challenge

15 Jul 2019

With the world’s largest institutions facing an existential threat from new fintech challengers, all eyes are on the DevOps team and their in-house lab to drive their own innovation in response. However, burdened with a legacy network and massively complex and interwoven 3rd party systems, banks’ DevOps teams are fighting on two fronts. Whatever...