Banking Infrastructure – Cloud, Retail and Legacy

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Every now and then I am lucky to get into meaningful technological discussions with people older, wiser and more important than me. Last week was no different! This time, the discussion began with infrastructure of the city and somehow ended up about infrastructure in the enterprise world! This blog post discusses in brief how retail banking, analytics, cloud and legacy systems are each impacting infrastructure and in the end what might be a good way to start making changes!

The aim is not to write ‘explaining infrastructure’ but a little about the future possibilities! Infrastructure, in this blog post, includes hardware and software. Basically anything that allows information to flow/processed between systems.

While we wondered how infrastructure would be used, our discussion was predominantly focused on the financial services domain! The question was not just how much of the IT should be in-sourced vs. out-sourced, but how should infrastructure be managed?

Cloud Banking Infrastructure

“Banking” on Infrastructure – Mission Impossible

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Still – In Arsene We Trust

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It seems like just yesterday I wrote, what my friend described, “…. not a blog, but a book …” on Arsenal FC. I wrote the article at a time when Arsenal was to play Bayern Munich and everyone was questioning the squad and Le Professeur after some rather ‘spectacular performances’. 

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The talk of the town – Ozil at Arsenal

A year later, interestingly, the Gooners are all set to play the Bavarians tomorrow. They have again managed having some rather ‘spectacular performances’ although they’ve injected some fresh blood in the squad!

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The Convergence of Social Media, Mobility, Cloud & Analytics

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Apart from being online, 2014 has started well :) 2013 was a year of many high’s and some lows! It’s quite amazing to see how I began writing about cloud computingbig data, and gamification and moved on to writing a few posts on Oracle and SAP particularly HANA :) Companies like YahooGoogleWorkday and NetSuite continued to capture my interest. In 2014 I thought I will give my views on the future of technological companies and trends! In this blog post we will discuss a little about the convergence of Social Media, Mobility, Cloud and Analytics!

S-M-A-C : Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud!

The question is not about “What’s next for the Cloud / Social Media etc?”. I think we will see a convergence of these ‘pillars’. Why do I say this? Cloud is becoming a platform, a norm, which the enterprise and consumer world will depend upon. A little over a year ago, while I was still studying at the TU Delft we had a group discussion on a rather famous article in the HBR “Does IT Matter” (I would highly recommend you to read the article)  Continue reading

The SAP HANA Cloud Platform

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After a wonderful time in Brussels it was time to head back home to Delft. On the train I met a quadrilingual & talented artist Laura ten Zeldam. It was a pleasant meeting with someone who was open to different aspects of life and our conversation was very different from my discussion earlier in the day around innovation, technology strategy and SAP HANA. It’s been a little while since I wrote about HANA ;) I thought its not just about the “disruption HANA is causing” but about how HANA is being positioned within and outside SAP. In this blog lets discuss what is the SAP HANA Cloud Platform!

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Zwischenzug – The SAP HANA Cloud Platform

As a kid, I used to play a lot of Chess and was particularly adept at it. Although it has been several years since I played (pssst – the last year I played after a break of 5 years, I was whipped in 43 moves by a 10 yr old who is playing semi-pro), time and again I like looking at strategies in terms of Chess moves. Two, that come to mind for SAP around HANA are –  Zwischenzug and Zugzwang.

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