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On-Demand Webinar - The Future of Cloud Computing in Capital Markets

01 June 2020

An Asset Servicing Use Case: Best Practices for Success on the Cloud

An Executive’s Guide to Cloud Security

26 May 2020

The Financial Services industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world. In order to stay competitive, financial insititutions need to push the boundaries of innovation while complying with strict security requirements. AWS understands the security, regulatory, and compliance obligations financial institutions face and has worked with the industry’s most complex organizations to meet their requirements at every stage of their cloud journeys. Download this eBook to learn how AWS can handle your security heavy-lifting, while enabling you to keep full ownership and control. Discover how other financial services customers have scaled and innovated, while maintaining a secure environment in the AWS cloud.

Using governance to accelerate cloud migration in financial services

22 May 2020

Financial institutions have the opportunity to enhance traditional governance processes by building a well-structured cloud service assessment from the ground up, to help demonstrate regulatory compliance when moving to the cloud.

AWS in Capital Markets eBook

09 April 2020

Why are Capital Markets firms adopting the cloud? The Capital Markets industry is facing challenges—continuous automation, changing regulatory demands, dynamic market conditions, growing customer expectations—and legacy technologies can’t keep up. As a result, Capital Markets firms are adopting the AWS cloud in order to discover new opportunities, re-think and re-design operating models, and implement cost-saving measures that increase efficiency. Download this eBook to learn through use cases how Capital Markets customers are working with AWS to accelerate their speed to market, strengthen security, enrich customer experiences, and make better data-driven decisions.

How cloud unlocks the value of time series data

09 April 2020

As mobile devices double as digital wallets streaming location coordinates and transaction information, satellite images capture fleet movements and consumers generate product reviews on social media, financial institutions are gathering and analysing a rapidly growing amount of non-traditional data to enhance their core financial datasets. The analysis of this time series data – data that captures temporal changes, organised by time – allows firms to detect unique patterns and make future predictions of market performance and behaviour.

The Future of Cloud: Powering the Financial Services Industry

19 February 2020

Strategic Insights and Best Practices for Success in the Cloud. The pace of change in the financial services industry is unprecedented. Regulatory oversight continues to expand with more stringent reporting and security requirements, emerging technologies are disrupting consumer expectations and the ecosystem is constantly evolving as new players enter the market. As a result, financial institutions are redefining their business models to deliver the capacity, agility and technology design they need to attract talent, be competitive and drive growth. From banking and payments to capital markets and insurance, cloud has become the new normal. In this paper, financial institutions, technology providers and consultants share their strategic insights and best practices for success in the cloud. From building a solid foundation to exploring the cutting edge, they discuss industry trends and specific use cases for stages throughout the cloud adoption journey.

Managing data beyond the tipping point of cloud

20 January 2020

While 52% of asset management firms use the cloud for data management today, a further 28% plan to migrate data management to the cloud in the next 18 months.

From Chat to Collaboration: Trust, Automation and Intelligence

17 January 2020

Greenwich Associates data shows that 78% of institutional investors agree that technology has made financial markets “better and more efficient,” compared to 20% of participants feeling that technology has made financial markets “overly complicated.” Asset managers and hedge funds have allowed dealers and exchanges to swallow most of the costs related to upgrading systems and implementing new technological solutions. Furthermore, execution algorithms and front-end trading systems, for instance, are also largely developed and/or supplied by the sell side. But even with the billions already spent, the industry has yet to update the myriad systems that allow our efficient markets to operate—a change won’t happen overnight. This report focuses on how the cloud and natural language processing is the next step to automation. Download here to find out more. Download your copy of the report below to find out more.  

Taking Data Management To The Next Level

17 January 2020

Data management is undergoing a transformation as the full implications of innovations, such as the cloud, artificial intelligence and alternative data, become better understood. The industry is grappling with a wide range of market changes, including new regulatory frameworks, macro-economic events, fee compression and the challenge of generating returns from alternative investments. As firms adopt more complex operating models in response to these issues, many realise it is unsustainable to rely on disparate systems and spreadsheets for data management, as this type of set-up will never provide a comprehensive, trusted view of an organisation’s operations and performance. This report discusses how firms now understand they must maximise their business agility in order to succeed within the constraints that exist today. Download your copy below to learn more.

Smarter Humans. Smarter Machines.

13 January 2020

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. While this era can be defined by the fusion of the physical, the digital and the biological enabled by data, data is just the beginning and profound shifts, facilitated by technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), robotics and the Internet of Things, are already underway. The Institute for the Future says that, over the next decade, emerging technologies will underpin the formation of new human-machine partnerships, which will help humans transcend their limitations, enhance daily activities and reset expectations for learning and work. The actualisation of smarter humans, smarter machines. This report discusses how AI/ML will be the single greatest enabler of competitive advantage in the financial-services sector following an explosion in the use of machine learning, led by applications for image processing, natural-language processing (NLP) and machine translation. Download your copy now to find out more.

Natural language processing is the next step to automation

13 January 2020

78% of institutional investors agree that technology has made financial markets ‘better and more efficient.’ This figure is staggering when compared to the 20% of participants who feel that technology has ‘made financial markets overly complicated.’ But where does the cloud fit in?

ML in the cloud enhances the financial data journey

13 January 2020

While there are troves of financial data that have the potential to drive and inform critical business decisions, data remains siloed due to challenges associated with managing multiple data sources and aging infrastructure. Many financial institutions (FIs) face challenges – from limited storage and compute capacity to resource-intensive network deployments – that impede the ability to generate data-led insights powered by analytics.