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Ian Stone

Tomorrow's world: looking to 2016

The IT industry is at its best when it is unpredictable. The most innovative technologies are often the most unexpected and seem to come from the most inauspicious of beginnings. As the ever changing ...

21 Dec 2015
Ian Stone

Why the Customer is King in Strategic Planning

Companies are faced with a future that would appear to be both unknowable and uncontrollable. Some appear to have slipped into the false comfort that it is best not to make too many firm choices, and ...

26 Nov 2015
Ian Stone

Keeping the Tax Man Onside

As Margaret Mitchell exclaimed in the classic novel, Gone with the Wind: “Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.” And while I hope that most businesses would b...

04 Nov 2015
Ian Stone

Struggling to keep up with your workforce? You’re not alone!

In recent years, the financial services sector has seen significant change. A wave of mergers and acquisitions as well as new regulations and reporting structures have changed UK and European institut...

16 Sep 2015
Ian Stone

No Surprises: Making Life More Predictable for the CFO

Imagine, if you will, the following scene taking place during a regular board meeting: the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is ready to present her numbers, prepared in collaboration with her team. It’s ...

10 Jul 2015
Ian Stone

The Sales Challenge: What Can SPM Investment Offer Today’s Sales Force?

There is a very compelling argument that the sales team represents the engine room of any organisation. After all, what is more fundamental to a business than the ability to sell its product or serv

08 Jun 2015
Ian Stone

How to come to a right decision in highly volatile times

The first months of 2015 were fertile in macroeconomic events. The European Central Bank (ECB) finally decided to practice its own version of "quantitative easing", inspired by the unconvent...

15 May 2015
Ian Stone

How to make technology implementations a help, not a hindrance

From my experience, a recent trend has emerged in the banking industry, whereby regulatory changes are no longer the primary concern of financial services executives. Instead, implementing a digital s...

23 Mar 2015
Ian Stone

Keeping Track of Headcount: How to Stay Afloat Despite Shifting Staff

Although the growth in the rest of the UK economy remains febrile and there is some hesitancy over the outcome of rapidly approaching general election, the financial services sector has made a remarka...

29 Jan 2015
Ian Stone

The Challenge: Securing the Workforce of Tomorrow

According to a recent PwC global survey[1], finding and securing the workforce of tomorrow is one of the biggest concerns facing CEOs today. It seems that rapidly shifting demographics, different pop...

22 Jan 2015