Latest articles from Dan Barnes

Death of the general ledger?

July 3, 2006

Does increasing regulatory pressure on banks to simplify their finance function spell the end of the general ledger as we know it? Dan Barnes investigates.

Analyse the data, reap the rewards

July 3, 2006

It’s no longer enough to gather information, banks must ensure that its use also complies with regulatory demands. This calls for a company-wide solution: enterprise data management. Dan Barnes explains.

Non-banks attack in payments battle

July 3, 2006

With online and back-office payments processing systems becoming increasingly accessible, Dan Barnes asks whether banks can retain their grip on this fundamental area of business.

Deepak Sarup

July 3, 2006

Siam Commercial Bank’s chief information officer has a hard-nosed ‘if we can do without it, forget it’ attitude to customisation and modification. Dan Barnes reports.

Jan Verplancke

June 5, 2006

Standard Chartered’s energetic chief information officer is driving internal development by encouraging a culture of competition and innovation. Dan Barnes reports.

The IT dividend

June 5, 2006

Dan Barnes explains how Spain’s Grupo Santander was able to confound the nay-sayers and use IT cost savings as a basis for making its purchase of the UK’s Abbey a success.

Spreadsheet risk

May 2, 2006

Spreadsheets are vital tools for traders and banks’ back-office staff but their flexibility can weaken governance. Dan Barnes looks at the problems and the potential solutions.

Jim Krause

May 2, 2006

Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s CIO is constantly monitoring the support technology of the US’s biggest futures exchange. The tech function has to cope with growing trading volumes and is also seen as a route to expansion. Dan Barnes reports.

JP Rangaswami

April 3, 2006

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein’s new head of alternative market models tells Dan Barnes that his strategy for the digital markets group is designed to enable it to choose change with foresight.

Need for speed now entails pushing the boundary of physics

March 6, 2006

Who needs science fiction when the real thing is much more amazing? In this month’s cover story “Quantum Leap, Trading Faster Than the Speed of Light”, technology editor Dan Barnes explores how the demands of the trading desk for capacity and speed are bumping up against the laws of physics.

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