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Brian Slater

Brian Slater

Founding partner at Eikos Partners
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Bio A founding partner of Eikos Partners, a NY consulting firm specialising in servicing IT in Capital Markets with strategy, management, process and execution. Career History Over 30 years in IT in the financial industry at major US firms, most recently CIO of Capital Markets IT.

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Why does innovation favor the bold?

11 Aug 2016

Innovation is defined simply as a "new idea, device, or method". However, innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. As defined in Wikipedia. It’s always difficult to foretell the future, especially the future in the capability, place an...

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The Value of DevOps

08 Jul 2016

IT has long grappled with the question of what value DevOps provides, something we have discussed elsewhere. Methodologies used in IT also bring a similar question, if its more efficient how much, and therefore is it something we should consider changing to from our current way of doing things. DevOps has the same questions attached to it. DevOps ...

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Design Thinking pays off for BBVA

  This presents an interesting view on the impact of a customer-first approach to developing applications, and the level of success that can be achieved measurably in business growth.  Whilst we’re not privy to detail of what was delivered, it demonstrates the customer activity improvements which will drive revenue. Although in this case the external customer was the recipient of design thinking, this approach can just as easily be applied to any internal users, who often deal with multiple apps - most of which were designed where ease of use was an afterthought. Worse, these apps were designed limited to a silo of activity, a number of which need to be manually orchestrated to enable a single business action, with the human being the workflow engine. Where design thinking plays its role is to force us back to thinking of what the user is trying to achieve. This goal may be very different than simply bringing the workflow back inside the technology as quite often this workflow will have evolved from its manual days. Tied to an agile iterative process, design thinking, itself iteratively aligned, provides for a much more efficient interaction between user and the services provided by the technology. It also yields significant productivity improvements internally and client attraction externally. Either way, that's bottom line impact. Underpinning this process, an open source toolkit combined with the right methodology can support the idea to implementation continuous delivery model. Ultimately, it’s all about matching the delivered efficiencies with those of the process that will get you there, efficiently.