10 Kick-Ass Gartner Technology Trends for 2018

Round about this time of the year the top consultancy firms publish what they believe will be the most important technology trends for 2018. Gartner provide arguably the best analysis and technology trends predictions and it is those that i will summarise in this post. The key theme highlighted by Gartner refers to “the entwining of ...

The Top Payments News Stories in October 2017

Payment news stories in October were dominated by the usual suspects, but in particular a number of fintech and blockchain related initiatives. This was in part driven by Ripple and SWIFT both of which held their flagship conferences, as did AFP and the Money20/20 all of which trigger numerous announcements and initiatives to ensure maximum ...

8 Things I Learnt from Satya Nadella at Sibos, Day 4

8 Things I Learnt from Satya Nadella at Sibos, Day 4
For those that don’t know, Satya Nadella is the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, and succeeded Steve Ballmer in 2014. Satya closed Sibos in Toronto last week and following are the 8 key themes that i picked up on from his chat with SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt. 1. The Need for Innovation has Never been Greater ...

The Future, Money Or Data? – Sibos Day 3

Okay, i know this is late – but better late than never, eh? On day 3, one of the best panel discussions was around the Future of Money. Here are my notes from the big issue debate which asked which is more important data or money? Data, the Digital Oil In the introduction Carmel Crimmins, ...

Calm the Tech Down – Sibos Day 2

Sibos Day 2 was a hectic day, starting off with a breakfast with Sir Tim Berners Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web), which was supposed to be followed by a session on APIs in Financial Services – but that was full. So i went to the Cap Gemini World Payments Report session (more ...

31 Mission Statements To Inspire and Motivate You

Recently i have been thinking about objectives, strategy and mission statements – for a quick overview of strategy, check out my post An Unexpected Strategy Lesson by Alistair Campbell. Anyway, what i have come to realise is that you need a clear set of objectives (at the very least), a strategy and perhaps even a mission ...

The Big Payments News Stories in September 2017

Things seem to be hotting up after the summer, with plenty of  payments news stories. The key themes that jump out most are the various developments in the blockchain space and the digital transformation journey that most banks are talking about. Its getting interesting out there… Check out the following top payments news stories for ...

Sibos 2017 Toronto – Should I Stay Or Should I Go…?

It’s that time of the year where payment folks are thinking about Sibos – the annual SWIFT conference, which this year is in Toronto. If you check out the Sibos website – the recurring message is that “Sibos is the worlds premier financial services event“. It is running from 16-19th October, all the major banks, ...

WEF on Fintech Startups and Disruption in Financial Services 2

WEF on Fintech Startups and Disruption in Financial Services
During the weekend i had a read of the World Economic Forum (WEF) report: Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment Of Disruptive Potential In Financial Services. Its an interesting read capturing the key findings of the WEF Working Group, who conducted interviews and 10 regional workshops with experts from across the financial services sector. In this first ...

Is The FinTech Revolution Happenin’…?

Is The FinTech Revolution Happenin'...?
In my mind, the Fintech Revolution is happening. Every conference i attend, banker or industry “expert” i speak to has a Fintech angle to share. Innovation in financial services is at unprecedented levels with new technologies (distributed ledgers, APIs, big data) and upcoming regulation such as PSD2 opening up financial services to new players. Then ...