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Andrew Janian, CIO, TWO SIGMA INVESTMENTS

As CIO, what is your top priority over the next year?

We are focusing on getting a personal computing environment that rivals that of the technology firms. Our engineers and researchers often don't come from finance and expect that they have a laptop that just works, has open access to the internet, can use modern tools, etc. Our security posture often prevents that and it is the biggest complaint our engineers have when they arrive. Finance generally has a different security posture than other industries and I see the posture changing and us finding ways to work with the SaaS products in ways that keep our IP safe and our employees happy.

One piece of advice for running a successful technology department?

Never compromise on talent. Hire the smartest people you can find and afford. The quality of engineer that works on our backoffice clearing system is the same as the one who is programming our front office trading system.

 

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Clark Thompson, Director, Regional Lead IT Strategy for the Americas, CREDIT SUISSE*

What do you see as the next step in technology innovation for the financial services?

Many of the emerging and evolving technologies have significant implications for change: for example block chain offers seamless near-real time settlement; big data analytics promises better information about client propensity and market direction, while cloud technology has reached a level of maturity and security that promises a freedom from high fixed costs. But what really intrigues is the likelihood that we will see more existing technologies assembled to build previously unforeseen solutions. Henry Ford didn't invent the internal combustion engine or mass production; he brought them together and changed the world.

What is your top priority over the next year with regards to technology or data?

Exploring applications of block chain technology to real-world use cases in both new business areas and for improving operational efficiency in existing product lines

One piece of advice for running a successful technology department?

It's easy to be a great manager when you have bright, self-motivated people.

*Views are Clark's own and not those of Credit Suisse

 

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Bill Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, THE BLACKSTONE GROUP


What do you see as the next step in technology innovation for the financial services?

All the technologies being innovated right now are automating pieces of the financial services landscape. Connecting all parties more transparently and easier than ever will continue to accelerate and wring inefficiency out of the system

As CTO, what is your top priority over the next year?

Our priorities align with these innovations, working to identify any and all automatable processes and things we can do better to lower risk and make things run more efficiently.

One piece of advice for running a successful technology department?

Openness is critical to building your team and facing off with your customers, stakeholders, etc. embrace openness fully to create a great tech culture.

 

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