Latest articles from Dan Barnes

A different kind of European union

March 7, 2005

Dan Barnes looks at how barriers can be lifted to creating and implementing a single European protocol for clearing and settlement and why it will be invaluable in cutting costs and reducing risk.

Motivation for automation

March 7, 2005

Technology now provides cheap methods of converting to straight-through processing, so cost should no longer be a hurdle for the small transfer agents that Euroclear is trying to convert. Dan Barnes reports.

CRM maintenance yields leading edge

February 2, 2005

Regulatory requirements have put banks in a prime position to benefit from customer relationship management systems. However, there is more to CRM than technology, says Dan Barnes.
Customer relationship management (CRM) could be the light at the end of the tunnel for banks looking for returns on regulatory-driven technology investments. Those banks that have invested strategically in their data infrastructure for compliance purposes now have the opportunity to leverage their stock of well stored and cleaned data to achieve additional benefits on their substantial investments.

Strength in centralisation

February 2, 2005

BNP Paribas CIO Hervé Gouëzel tells Dan Barnes how he is working towards a strong centralised IT operations function, using partnership and outsourcing where necessary.
Hervé Gouëzel, chief information officer and executive committee member at BNP Paribas, is striving to strike a balance: “There are three [IT] models. The first is the very centralised model, highly organised and with a global strategy. In the second model, there are these local baronies (fiefdoms) with everything decentralised. Between these two levels is the BNP Paribas model.”

Banks fill up on bite-sized margins

February 2, 2005

Banks are tackling the payments market in a new way, driven by smaller margins and increasing volume. Dan Barnes looks at the techniques that they are using to achieve their goals.
Increasingly higher volumes and dropping margins in the payments arena – driven hard by the demands of well managed and monitored corporate clients – are causing banks to address their future potential in the market. For some, the mathematics will not work out favourably.
Potential solutions that are available to banks that wish to stay in the cash business include investment in technologies – to cut costs or offer higher returns through improved service – and partnering with industry competitors to combine their strengths and skills.

Predictions & expectations

January 3, 2005

What developments can be expected in the coming year? Dan Barnes asks experts about the most important changes in banking technology that are forecast for 2005.

Barclays’ four-year plan to unlock its potential

January 3, 2005

Barclays CIO David Weymouth talks to Dan Barnes about how unsustainable business models sparked a restructuring at the bank, why these changes included partnering and why handing certain services to third parties should not mean “outsourcing a mess”.

Single platform or silo?

December 1, 2004

As trading volumes rise inexorably, banks face a pressing need to develop trading platforms that meet demand. But is the quest for the all-singing, all-dancing trading system a folly doomed to end in costly failure? Dan Barnes surveys the scene.

Unfair values

December 1, 2004

The IAS 39 poses real risk for treasury departments in the first two quarters of next year. Dan Barnes examines the potential impact of the new accounting standard and the late change that is contributing to compliance problems.

Key elements for adaptability

December 1, 2004

Jon Saxe, CIO at Morgan Stanley, tells Dan Barnes that he regards system reliability as a crucial strand of operations and that hardware should not be allowed to dictate the speed of innovation.

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