Available upon request - the SmartStream RDU
Banks have long laboured in isolation to develop data management solutions that support their rapidly evolving requirements but, three years ago, a new collaboration – one of the closest of its kind to date – between Tier-1 banks and SmartStream led to the creation of Reference Data Utility (RDU). Future Banking catches up with Haytham Kaddoura, CEO of SmartStream, a key partner in the project, to talk about leadership, the role of fintech and how the SmartStream RDU is helping secure the fortunes of financial institutions in a high-pressure environment.
The SME: not just another retail banking customer
Banks have come to realise the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as customers and, working with their payment services partners, they are looking to continue the process of innovation in products and services. We speak to experts Dick Paul of Mastercard, Stefan Anderson of Nordea and Christophe Descos of Banque Populaire about what SMEs need in the digital age, and how banks can deliver it.
The sky’s the limit - flexible hybrid data centres
Limited budgets, archaic cultures, serious competition and a fast-changing cloud-based digital world: they all add to the challenge of creating and evolving flexible hybrid data centres. James Lawson speaks to Rakesh Kumar of Gartner Banks about how banks must invest their limited IT budgets wisely to innovate sufficiently with new channels, products and services to keep attracting customers – while still maintaining security and resilience in those core banking systems.
Economy growth in Lithuania
As Great Britain is beginning to look like less of an investment hot spot because of Brexit, companies are venturing into other parts of the globe. Future Banking speaks with Antanas Guoga, Pro-European Union MEP from Lithuania and public CIO to the mayor of Vilnius, on why he sees Lithuania as the new hub for foreign investment.
On co-location – data centre infrastructure and strategy
Data centre infrastructure is the backbone of any financial services organisation. Whether it is a multinational bank or a small investment firm, many of the IT challenges are the same. We speak to Dan Young, head of IT operations and support department at UK investment house Killik & Co, about how it defines its data centre strategy.