19 Feb

You’re Invited to AWS Summit Singapore Apr 10-11, 2019

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Date: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:39 AM
Subject: You’re Invited to AWS Summit Singapore Apr 10-11, 2019

April 10-11, 2019 |Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre

AWS Summit Singapore
April 10-11, 2019
Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre
Registrations are now open!
Bringing technologists together to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS
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AWS Summit Singapore is back! This year we will bring more opportunities for you to learn, connect and have fun through a 2-day free event. Taking place at the Singapore Expo & Convention Center, we expect over 10,000 attendees from across South East Asia to join us!

To make your trip to Singapore worthwhile, we have planned 2 days of content, training, networking and fun!

Come join us to:

  • Get Educated on AWS
  • Learn the latest updates around architecture best practices and new services
  • Become a black-belt users with deep dive free technical sessions to accelerate your cloud skills
Day 1 | AWS TechFest (Limited Seats)
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Day 1 is designed for developers, engineers, solution architects and IT professionals who are keen to learn new skills. AWS TechFest features a range of hands-on workshops, training sessions and bootcamps designed to help you accelerate your training skills whether you are new to the cloud or an expert. The sessions will be delivered by AWS experts.

Register now to avoid disappointment as seats are very limited!

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Day 2 | AWS Summit
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Day 2 is designed for all professionals interested in understanding how they can leverage the AWS Cloud to build their next gen organization. Whether you are a startup, SMB or a large enterprise, you will learn how customers, partners and AWS experts can help you in your journey. The day will feature an Opening and Closing Keynotes, 6 Breakout Tracks, and a new interactive and experiential Solutions Expo.

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17 Feb

The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse

AI is becoming amazing. Here is what an OpenAI GPT-2 robot writes:
Input is given. It writes the output.

Input:
In a shocking finding, scientist discovered a herd of unicorns living in a remote, previously unexplored valley, in the Andes Mountains. Even more surprising to the researchers was the fact that the unicorns spoke perfect English.

Output (quite scary of what it can write, better than most human):

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612975/ai-natural-language-processing-explained/

13 Feb

Temenos gets new CEO

Temenos gets new CEO

Temenos will get a new CEO at the end of the month as David Arnott is “stepping down to spend more time with his new family and baby”. Chief financial officer and chief operating officer (COO) Max Chuard has been appointed as CEO to succeed him. Arnott spent 18 years at Temenos – and according to the firm this new development is “part of a managed transition to ensure continuity of strategy and execution”.

Panagiotis “Takis” Spiliopoulos will join as chief financial officer effective 31 March 2019. Jean-Michel Hilsenkopf will take the COO position and Alexa Guenoun is joining the executive committee as chief client officer.

Chuard comments: “We have significant breadth and depth of talent in the business, which is key to our succession planning.” Along with these personnel changes, the banking software company has reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results. It all seems healthy enough. Its non-IFRS total software licensing revenues were up 15% in Q4 2018, and up 21% for the full year 2018. Temenos explains that tier 1 and 2 banks contributed 66% of total software licensing in Q4 and 53% in FY 2018.

Total revenue was also good – with non-IFRS growth of 12% in Q4 and 14% in FY 2018. On top of all that non-IFRS EBIT was up 15% in Q4 2018, while for the FY 2018 there was a non-IFRS EBIT margin of 31.5%. In Temenos’ view this performance was due to a “broad based demand across geographies and tiers”. In addition, because of “digital and regulatory pressures” and the “move to open banking are driving market growth”.

The firm points to two deals in the US – one a “top tier US bank for visionary front office replacement” and PayPal for loan management in the cloud. There’s no space to list them all, but Temenos says it got 28 new customer wins in the quarter, and a total of 76 in FY 2018.

28 Jan

Fun Facts – Happy New Year of the Pig 2019

January: The Euro turns 20.
February: Facebook is 15.
March: The UK leaves the EU at 11pm (Brexit).
April: The largest democracy on earth votes (India, 800 millions).
May: Earth’s biggest sport kicks off its world cup (Cricket World Cup).
June: The FIFA Women's World Cup (France 2019)
July: “Summer of 69” turns 50.
August: Napoleon turns 250.
September: Japan hosts a world cup (Rugby).
October: Mahatma Gandhi turns 150.
November: Mercury puts a dot on the Sun.
December: An asteroid misses the Earth (hopefully). Also: “Star Wars Episode 9” comes out (most likely).

Fun Facts:

January: The Euro turns 20.
February: Facebook is 15.
March: The UK leaves the EU at 11pm (Brexit).
April: The largest democracy on earth votes (India, 800 millions).
May: Earth’s biggest sport kicks off its world cup (Cricket World Cup).
June: The FIFA Women’s World Cup (France 2019)
July: “Summer of 69” turns 50.
August: Napoleon turns 250.
September: Japan hosts a world cup (Rugby).
October: Mahatma Gandhi turns 150.
November: Mercury puts a dot on the Sun.
December: An asteroid misses the Earth (hopefully). Also: “Star Wars Episode 9” comes out (most likely).

Have a gorgeous new year!

ABN Software

22 Jan

Lloyds Banking Group customers hit by Faster Payments outage

Lloyds Banking Group customers hit by Faster Payments outage
Source: Finextra

Customers of Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland have been affected by a Faster Payments glitch that has left them unable to transfer money on 18th January.

Lloyds Bank took to Twitter to confirm that “some” customers are unable to make faster payments, adding that it is working to resolve the issue and that no users will be left out of pocket.

Halifax and Bank of Scotland, which are owned by Lloyds Banking Group, have issued identical statements.

With no other Faster Payments banks reporting problems, the issue appears to be with Lloyds, which has not yet provided an explanation. However, its service availability page shows that it had planned maintenance between 1am and 6am on Friday morning that was expected to affect internet and mobile banking.

Some customers have also had problems withdrawing money from cash machines, although Bank of Scotland says there “shouldn’t be any further issues with ATMs”. Hi Amy. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. There shouldn’t be any further issues with ATMs; please let us know if you have any problems when you try again.

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10 Jan

Migrating Thousands of Applications to the Cloud with Docker Enterprise

#abnasia: do you spend too much on your server cost and want to cut by half? – talk to ABN.

Migrating Thousands of Applications to the Cloud with Docker Enterprise

Société Générale is a French multinational bank that believes technology and innovation are key to enriching the customer experience and advancing economic development. The bank’s diverse application portfolio includes thousands of both monolithic and distributed applications.

07 Jan

Coventry Building Society chucks out Accenture from core banking project

Coventry Building Society chucks out Accenture from core banking project
Source: Bankingtech

The UK’s Coventry Building Society has decided to drop Accenture from its core banking project. As reported in June 2018, the society chosen Temenos’ T24 system for a digital revamp. That followed on from 2016, when Coventry BS embarked on a tech modernisation project and was looking for the new system.

Accenture was selected as implementation partner for the T24 project. Although another consultancy, Cognizant, helped with system selection.

FinTech Futures contacted the building society and it responded on the same day: “We’re currently reviewing the programme to ensure we deliver the right outcome for the society and its members. Product suppliers, Temenos and Iress, are engaged in this review but it’s not necessary for Accenture, in their role as systems integrator, to be involved at this stage.”

The society is the third largest in the UK, with total assets of more than £34.1 billion, 1.4 million members with savings accounts, and 350,000 members who are borrowers.

Coventry BS is a long-standing user of the Mortgage and Savings Suite (MSS) from Sopra Banking Software for its core processing; and FIS/Sungard’s Ambit Treasury Mangement/Quantum system for treasury operations, FinTech Futures understands.

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05 Jan

Mizuho Bank prepares roll out of proprietary digital currency

Mizuho Bank prepares roll out of proprietary digital currency

Mizuho Bank is to launch its well-trailed proprietary digital currency in March, with the support of 60 regional domestic banks. Reports first surfaced in September of last year that a consortium of banks, led by Mizuho Financial Group and Japan Post Bank, had won support from the country’s central bank and financial regulator to launch the J Coin, an electronic currency to pay for goods and transfer money using smartphones.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, merchants who support acceptance of the coin will be charged fees significantly lower than for credit card payments in a bid to spur adoption and uptake. To make use of the currency, users will download a dedicated app on their smartphone. Payments will be made using QR codes. The value of the digital currency will be fixed at 1 yen per unit, and will not fluctuate on the market, as virtual currencies such as bitcoin do.

Mizuho is not the only Japanese bank experimenting with its own currency. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is also planning trials of its own MUFG Coin with around 100,000 account holders in Tokyo. Much like the J Coin, the proprietary currency is pegged 1:1 to the Japanese Yen, can be downloaded to smartphones and used for P2P funds transfers and for online shopping.

The flurry of activity comes as Japanese banks seek to cash in on the local population’s love affair with alternative cryptocurrencies and fight off the threat from Chinese dragons like Alibaba and Tencent.

Link: https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/33156/mizuho-bank-prepares-roll-out-of-proprietary-digital-currency