The fourth network

John O'Hara FinOps, Operations, Perspectives

The banking industry is in need of a collective response to a collective challenge. By nature, banks compete with each other for client business through proprietary solutions. But every once in a while, banks need to come together to tackle …

All I want for XMaaS

John O'Hara Operations, Perspectives

Any sell-side COO drawing up a Christmas wish list this year is probably doing so more in hope than expectation. Meanwhile, the list of problems currently challenging the operating models of banks and brokers is probably longer than all but …

Collaboration to minimise post-trade risk

John O'Hara Operations, Perspectives

Financial services firms are facing the most significant operational challenges in decades. Transactions must now be processed in a shorter time, with lower fail rates and at higher volumes, and all aspects of trading-related communications need to be recorded, captured …

Innovation on a shoestring

John O'Hara Operations, Perspectives

September was the start of budget season, when department heads must make their case for new funds from the central pot. In recent years, costs and revenues have been allocated more assiduously, in line with both capital constraints and regulatory …

Beyond traditional solutions

John O'Hara Operations, Technology

With unprecedented pressure on operations finding more productivity is critical, but with a squeeze on resources and reduced budgets COOs need to look beyond traditional solutions to tackle the problem.

Disruption through harmonisation

John O'Hara Operations, Technology

Financial institutions must work cohesively to implement business changes and realise efficiencies both through automation and the harmonisation of manual processes in their existing post-trade operations before they can unleash ambitions of introducing disruptive technologies into the mix.