FinovateEurope: Tobias Christen, DSwiss AG
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Tobias Christen, DSwiss AG

Tobias Christen from DSwiss AG speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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Startup World Cup coming soon to Luxembourg.
Feb17

Startup World Cup coming soon to Luxembourg.

It is now or never to compete. As part of a global series of conferences and competitions with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide, the Startup World Cup event encourages the most talented entrepreneurs to battle for the prestige of winning the Startup World Cup. 16 regional events are scheduled all over the world and will lead up to a Grand Finale in Silicon Valley. The regional semifinal, but most importantly the first...

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Ep214 – Monzo: The First Truly Digital Bank
Feb17

Ep214 – Monzo: The First Truly Digital Bank

When most banks are bribing people to join with £100 or a Rihanna CD, Monzo is doing the opposite: building a bank customers love, involving them in its development, and being so amazing the network blows up like Facebook. Monzo, the bank that broke Crowdcube, now has more than 100,000 customers. Next milestone: 1 million. Here’s how they’ll do it. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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MBNA: Customer Loyalty
Feb17

MBNA: Customer Loyalty

Gary Watts from MBNA speaks to us about customer loyalty.

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FinovateEurope: Don Bergal, Avoka
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Don Bergal, Avoka

Don Bergal from Avoka speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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FinovateEurope: Brett King, Moven
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Brett King, Moven

Brett King from Moven speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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MiFID II: The Regulatory Barrier to Innovation
Feb17

MiFID II: The Regulatory Barrier to Innovation

Patricia Regnault, Europe head of asset management at Linedata responds to interim findings in the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study around barriers to entry, innovation and technological advances, ahead of next week’s (20 February) deadline for feedback: “Increases in the overall burden of regulation presents an ongoing barrier for those asset management firms looking to invest in product development or improve efficiency to keep...

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NSD Completes Annual Assessment of its Compliance with Principles
Feb17

NSD Completes Annual Assessment of its Compliance with Principles

National Settlement Depository  has completed the annual assessment of its compliance with the CPMI-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures (PFMIs). Compared with the previous year’s assessment, improvements were reported in NSD’s observance of three principles (“Money Settlements,” “Custody and Investment Risk” and “Tiered Participation Arrangements”). The level of observance of the remaining principles remained...

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Trillium Inc Poised to Eliminate Cyber Threat to Autonomous Cars
Feb17

Trillium Inc Poised to Eliminate Cyber Threat to Autonomous Cars

Tokyo-based Trillium Inc, a leading contender in the global race to close the cyber-security gap that threatens to stop self-driving cars in their tracks, today announced the successful closing of its Series A financing round with investments by lead investor Global Brain, Mizuho Capital and DBJ Capital. Tokyo-based Trillium designs and provides custom, multi-layer adaptive cyber-security systems, focused in the near-term on...

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FinovateEurope: Richard Theo, Wealthify
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Richard Theo, Wealthify

Richard Theo from Wealthify speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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FinovateEurope: Karthik Sivaprakasam, i-exceed
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Karthik Sivaprakasam, i-exceed

Karthik Sivaprakasam from i-exceed speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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FinovateEurope: Marc Stähli, Crealogix
Feb17

FinovateEurope: Marc Stähli, Crealogix

Marc Stähli from Crealogix speaks to us at FinovateEurope.

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Robo-Advisor VirtualWealth allows Qtrade Financial Group partners to offer Digital Advice
Feb17

Robo-Advisor VirtualWealth allows Qtrade Financial Group partners to offer Digital Advice

Qtrade Financial Group has started rolling out a new robo-advice service, VirtualWealth, that allows its 150-plus financial institution partners across Canada to immediately enter the digital advice market. VirtualWealth is an online investment service utilizing professionally managed, low-cost ETF portfolios that are tailored for a range of investor profiles and goals, and are automatically rebalanced to the investor’s target...

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Convergex CEO Eric Noll: MiFID II – Where Will All The Research Analysts Go?
Feb17

Convergex CEO Eric Noll: MiFID II – Where Will All The Research Analysts Go?

The below market commentary was written by Eric W. Noll, Convergex CEO MiFID II, an upcoming piece of legislation from European Union regulators, upends the traditional linkage between trading commissions and investment research in ways both the money management and brokerage industries have yet to fully understand.  It will force both the explicit pricing of sell-side research and the defense of those expenses to asset owners by...

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Standard Chartered Collaborates with Tencent FiT to launch a new  E-commerce Solution
Feb17

Standard Chartered Collaborates with Tencent FiT to launch a new E-commerce Solution

The first global bank to offer a one-stop online collection solution with WeChat Pay Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited (“Standard Chartered China”) announced a collaboration with Tencent Financial Technology Group (Tencent FiT) to launch a new E-commerce solution for corporates, making Standard Chartered the first global Bank to offer a one-stop online collection solution with WeChat Pay. This collaboration combines...

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Oxygen Finance Secures Landmark Acquisition of Satago
Feb17

Oxygen Finance Secures Landmark Acquisition of Satago

Oxygen Finance Ltd has announced the acquisition of Satago, the all-in- one, on-demand cash flow finance solution for SMEs. The transaction will see the two businesses working together to offer comprehensive early payment, finance and cash flow solutions for both large buying organisations and suppliers of all sizes, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Oxygen provides the capability for large public and private sector...

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F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator Opens Applications for its Acceleration Program
Feb17

F10 FinTech Incubator & Accelerator Opens Applications for its Acceleration Program

F10 are pleased to announce that Startups from the FinTech, InsurTech and RegTech branches can now apply for F10’s next Startup Accelerator Program. The P2 Program, which will take place from July 3rd to December 7th, 2017, is aimed at providing 10 Startups from around the world, the opportunity to evolve an initial prototype from the planning phase to the market release phase. The Program will be made up of various coaching and...

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IBM Announces Major IoT Ecosystem Drive
Feb16

IBM Announces Major IoT Ecosystem Drive

Cognitive Collaboratories with Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra help IBM partners drive hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue from the Internet of Things IBM Breathes Life into Connected Home and Vehicles with New Innovation Space for IoT Standards Organization EEBus IBM has announced a major ecosystem initiative to drive collaborative innovation with dozens of clients and partners as it opens the doors of its...

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Finance-Enabled Business Models Drive Organizations’ Competitiveness
Feb16

Finance-Enabled Business Models Drive Organizations’ Competitiveness

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has released a new research paper that investigates emerging pay-for-outcomes business models. The ongoing globalization of trade continues to apply pressure to margins, compelling businesses to closely scrutinize costs and efficiency. Instead of financing enabling access to critical business equipment and technology, payments are increasingly based on predicted productivity or efficiency results....

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BBVA: The Management of Data
Feb16

BBVA: The Management of Data

Elena Alfaro from BBVA talks to us about managing data.

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Euvic Launches Digital Business Transformation Offer
Feb16

Euvic Launches Digital Business Transformation Offer

Bring innovation to your organization faster and with as much agility as possible with Euvic’s Agile and DevOps-based ideation and software development services Euvic has launched its new IDeation-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and Agile Dev Factory services. Using IDaaS, you can test and verify your new digital business ideas within days or weeks. Then you can have them delivered through Euvic’s Agile Dev Factory. Euvic’s new offer is...

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McColl’s Modernises Cheque Production with Checkprint
Feb16

McColl’s Modernises Cheque Production with Checkprint

McColl’s Retail Group has modernised its cheque production process by further strengthening its partnership with Checkprint, part of The TALL Group of Companies, the UK leader in the provision of secure paper and payment solutions. The organisation has been able to increase efficiency across its payments operation by deploying the CheckPrint Solution. As the UK’s leading community retailer, McColl’s operates 1,370 convenience and...

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Ep213 – Bank Business Models: The Last Bastion of Innovation
Feb16

Ep213 – Bank Business Models: The Last Bastion of Innovation

Innovation isn’t having an app – it’s having a new business model. Yet for banks, business models are one of the hardest things to innovate around. We discuss what’s broken with traditional bank business models, and how to create new ones, with two people who know best: Tom Blomfield, CEO of Monzo, and Dora Ziambra, Head of Business Development at Azimo. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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Ep212 – News: Is FinTech Failing? Dodd-Frank. And Everything Goes Back to Cannabis
Feb16

Ep212 – News: Is FinTech Failing? Dodd-Frank. And Everything Goes Back to Cannabis

Is FinTech failing? We discuss this click-baity headline, which made the rounds recently. We also talk to Lawrence Wintermeyer, CEO of Innovate Finance, to get insight on their latest report that says investment in UK FinTech startups dropped by 33.7% in 2016. Other news: WeChat to (see what we did there?) James Lloyd,  Asia-Pacific FinTech Leader at EY, about the 46 billion digital red packets WeChat users sent over Lunar New Year;...

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Ep211 – Token CEO Steve Kirsch
Feb16

Ep211 – Token CEO Steve Kirsch

Serial tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch has founded seven companies and earned a name for himself as the inventor of the optical mouse. Today he’s CEO of Token,  a global open API banking platform. Please note, we do not produce Fintech Insider, we merely are fans and repost...

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First Win through Partnership with GCI to Distribute eg Operational Intelligence Software
Feb16

First Win through Partnership with GCI to Distribute eg Operational Intelligence Software

eg solutions plc  is pleased to announce that the Company has won a £692,000 contract (the “Contract”) to implement its eg operational intelligence software within the public sector. Approximately £500,000 of revenues from the Contract will be recognisable in the current financial year. The Contract has been won in partnership with the provider of the Company’s managed cloud service platform, GCI, whom the Company has been...

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TerraPay, MoneyTrans & Paga to make Cross Border Remittance Easy between Europe and Nigeria
Feb16

TerraPay, MoneyTrans & Paga to make Cross Border Remittance Easy between Europe and Nigeria

TerraPay today announced that it has partnered with MoneyTrans, a leading Money Transfer company established in Europe and Africa as well as Paga to launch cross-border remittances from Spain to mobile wallets in Nigeria. Now Nigerians in Spain can send money to any mobile phone number in Nigeria through Paga, just by visiting the nearest MoneyTrans store. The recipient can withdraw money from more than 11,000 Paga agents across...

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Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange Partners with Multi Commodity Exchange of India
Feb16

Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange Partners with Multi Commodity Exchange of India

Strategic partnership will unveil new opportunities for Indian diamond traders to hedge their business risk The Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (“SDiX”), the world’s first and only commodity exchange trading in physically settled diamonds, and the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. (“MCX”), the No.1 commodity derivatives exchange in India with an overall 90% market share and near 100% in bullion, today announced that they...

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Glassbox: the Future
Feb16

Glassbox: the Future

Yaron Morgenstern, CEO of Glassbox, discusses the future.

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Finhabits Launches Digital Investment Advisor
Feb16

Finhabits Launches Digital Investment Advisor

Latino-founded fintech startup offers an investment and retirement platform to an audience that has been long overlooked Finhabits has launched its mobile-first platform to make quality investment and retirement services more inclusive. Specifically designed to make investing second nature, Finhabits offers individual investment accounts, as well as Roth and Traditional IRAs. As the first automated platform of its kind to provide a...

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Convergex Expands Its European Footprint As It Prepares For MiFID II
Feb16

Convergex Expands Its European Footprint As It Prepares For MiFID II

Convergex announced that it recently hired Robin Strong as Managing Director. Mr. Strong is based out of Convergex’s London-based brokerage and will be responsible for expanding the firm’s broad range of commission management, research payment and outsourcing services to buy and sell-side investment firms on a global basis. A 25-year financial industry veteran, Mr. Strong’s responsibilities include delivering...

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Equinix Brings Direct, Private Access to the World’s #1 CRM
Feb16

Equinix Brings Direct, Private Access to the World’s #1 CRM

Dedicated connectivity via Equinix Cloud Exchange provides customers with high-performance in a reliable and compliant manner Equinix, Inc. announced that it is offering direct and private access to the Salesforce platform via Equinix Cloud Exchange in markets across North America and Europe. These dedicated, private connections allow enterprise customers to benefit from high performance and application reliability while meeting...

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DocuSign and Shachihata Announce Launch of Paperless Hanko Solution
Feb16

DocuSign and Shachihata Announce Launch of Paperless Hanko Solution

Service enables Japanese companies to go fully digital while supporting local business customs DocuSign Japan and Shachihata Inc. announce today the launch of a new solution that digitizes business processes from end-to-end to achieve the paperless business. The integration of Shachihata’s e-hanko with DocuSign’s DTM platform enables the digitization of business processes that require the use of traditional seals unique to...

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Digital.Vision Enables Digital Banking for UK Ethnic SME Community
Feb16

Digital.Vision Enables Digital Banking for UK Ethnic SME Community

The partnership with ULUS Group is designed to serve traditionally ignored customers Payment Cloud Technologies  has today announced a contract with ULUS Group for the delivery of a digital community business bank for the UK’s SME businesses. The bank, which will be launched in quarter four this year, is designed to offer top quartile business banking services to in excess of 700,000 UK-based Ethnic SMEs that have been previously...

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ACI UP eCommerce Payments Solution Wins International eCommerce Award
Feb16

ACI UP eCommerce Payments Solution Wins International eCommerce Award

ACI Worldwide received top honors at the annual Merchant Payments Ecosystem Awards, winning the ‘International Award’ for its UP eCommerce Payments solution. The MPE Awards 2017, presented during the Merchant Payments Ecosystem annual conference in Berlin, were judged by a panel of independent payments industry experts. The awards attract a large number of entries, and recognise the achievements of companies across the entire payments...

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You’ll Never Look at the ATM the Same Way Again
Feb16

You’ll Never Look at the ATM the Same Way Again

Breakthrough ATM solution from NCR helps financial institutions transform retail banking and deliver omni-channel experiences  NCR Corporation today announced the NCR SelfServ 80 Series, a new family of ATM solutions that will help financial institutions redefine the banking experience and change the way consumers interact with the ATM forever. Through a unique combination of innovation across software, hardware, and services,...

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The Future belongs to the Data Scientists
Feb16

The Future belongs to the Data Scientists

As Artificial Intelligence and machine learning begin to proliferate, the commercial applications of these technologies are being brought directly to the marketplace, disrupting traditional modes of operation and re-vitalising whole sectors and occupations. The five startups pitching at the Winton Labs Demo Day on February 9‘th showcased the innovative ways in which they are collecting, processing and understanding data to...

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Pegasystems Launches Industry’s First Robotic Automation Capabilities
Feb16

Pegasystems Launches Industry’s First Robotic Automation Capabilities

Pega Robotic Automation now fully unified with Pega CLM and Pega KYC applications Pegasystems Inc. today announced that Pega Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Pega Know Your Customer (KYC) now enable banks to leverage the power of robotic automation to speed client onboarding processes, reduce operational costs, and accelerate time to market. By unifying Pega Robotic Automation within Pega CLM and Pega KYC, global financial...

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Crossflow Payments signs up Leading Electronics Retailer Maplin
Feb16

Crossflow Payments signs up Leading Electronics Retailer Maplin

Crossflow Payments has signed up Maplin Electronics Ltd to its payment finance platform in a three year deal. The deal enables Maplin’s suppliers with the flexibility to access outstanding payments instantly and provides Crossflow with the potential to fund up to £360 million of payables over a three year period. The partnership with Maplin builds upon Crossflow’s strong track record in the retail sector and takes the total amount of...

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Bond Street Announces Renewal of Loan Purchase Agreement with Jefferies
Feb15

Bond Street Announces Renewal of Loan Purchase Agreement with Jefferies

Bond Street announced the closing of a loan-purchase agreement with Jefferies that renews Jefferies’ prior loan-purchase agreement and expands the size of its loan purchases up to as much as $300 million. This agreement will facilitate Bond Street’s growth and help thousands of small businesses across the country access fair and affordable financing. “Jefferies has been an outstanding partner and shares our vision for reinventing...

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SETL Announces the Launch of its Global Engineering Centre
Feb15

SETL Announces the Launch of its Global Engineering Centre

SETL today announced the opening of its Global Engineering Centre in Ipswich, UK. Ten new staff have been recruited to work in the new office and to support SETL’s international expansion, bringing SETL’s total worldwide workforce to 24. The centre was officially opened by Ben Gummer, Member of Parliament for Ipswich and Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General and by Chairman of the SETL board Sir David Walker. The new...

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Improving Financial Forecasting by Implementing Good Governance
Feb15

Improving Financial Forecasting by Implementing Good Governance

The financial sector is in the midst of a digital transformation, which is forcing directors to reconsider traditional business models. Agility is the key to respond to digitally-savvy disruptors in the marketplace. Hugh Owen, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing at MicroStrategy, argues that predictive analytics, supported by good governance, is crucial for financial services organisations to remain competitive in today’s...

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Report: CFOs Retooling Businesses to Focus on Services
Feb15

Report: CFOs Retooling Businesses to Focus on Services

71% of CFOs Say More Than Half of Revenue Now Comes from Services FinancialForce today announced the results of a new study which found that CFOs are retooling their businesses to drive more revenue from services, which includes professional services, subscription-based services, software/apps delivered as a service, managed services and usage-based contracts. More than a third of the 163 CFO respondents said that subscription-based...

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Nearly Two Million UK Shareholders Clueless on the Value of their Shares
Feb15

Nearly Two Million UK Shareholders Clueless on the Value of their Shares

No transparency, no communication – mass frustration as UK shareholders let down by poor investor relations Asset Match has surveyed 2,000 UK adults, revealing the widespread feelings of discontent being experienced by the nation’s community of private company shareholders. It found: 10% of UK shareholders said they have never been given the opportunity to discuss options regarding their shares since making their original investment A...

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NewVoiceMedia wins Corporate Vision’s UK Technology and Software Top 10 Award
Feb15

NewVoiceMedia wins Corporate Vision’s UK Technology and Software Top 10 Award

NewVoiceMedia has been awarded Corporate Vision’s 2017 UK Technology and Software Top 10 Award for its ContactWorld solution. ContactWorld is a multi-tenant intelligent communications platform that enables sales and service reps to have more successful conversations with their customers and prospects worldwide. Core contact centre functionality such as omni-channel contact routing, self-service IVR, automated outbound dialling, screen...

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Global Shareholder Activism Map shows Growth of Activist Investing Across the World
Feb15

Global Shareholder Activism Map shows Growth of Activist Investing Across the World

Nearly 350 Activist Campaigns Occurred Outside the United States in 2016, Compared to 70 in 2010 FTI Consulting, Inc. published an update to its interactive Global Shareholder Activism Map, which shows that shareholder activism gained momentum and geographic breadth in 2016. To measure the potential risk in each jurisdiction, FTI Consulting created an index to track activism threat level by country and map key activists within each...

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London Tops Colliers Cities of Influence Index
Feb15

London Tops Colliers Cities of Influence Index

According to Colliers International’s new Cities of Influence report, London remains, and will continue to remain one of the most influential cities for talent, location and costs, despite predictions that companies would lose faith in the capital due to political uncertainty and the perceived threat to business of Brexit. “The outcome of the EU referendum made many nervous that we would see a mass exodus of businesses relocating from...

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BBVA: Financial Services Evolution
Feb15

BBVA: Financial Services Evolution

Gonzalo Rodríguez  from BBVA discusses how the FS will evolve over the next year.

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CyberArk Advances Insider Threat Detection to Accelerate Incident Response
Feb15

CyberArk Advances Insider Threat Detection to Accelerate Incident Response

New CyberArk Capabilities Detect and Alert on High-Risk Privileged Activity During User Sessions to Help Security Teams Better Prioritise Threat Response CyberArk  today announced advanced insider threat detection capabilities available through the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution to automatically detect and alert on high-risk privileged activity during user sessions and enable rapid response to in-progress attacks. With...

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Four Key Trends in Retail Transformation and what it means for Skills Development
Feb15

Four Key Trends in Retail Transformation and what it means for Skills Development

Big Data, Article 50, and speed to market will be some of the key trends in retail transformation in 2017, according to Venquis. An analysis by the specialist change and business transformation consultancy outlined some of the major areas of change expected to impact the retail arena in 2017. It found that these trends are likely to drive significant demand for analytics, tech and change management specialists. Ed Richardson,...

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