How would you explain what you are currently doing to a person who doesn’t know anything about it?
At a high level, my work is to oversee the design and development of technology solutions to business problems faced by the banking industry in the domain of fixed income product distribution
What is the most important thing you are working on right now? How are you making it happen?
At the moment, my team is developing a real-time data streaming platform that allows us to collect, process, and analyse product reference data, corporate action events, market pricing and financial news. This is crucial piece of technology as the streaming data allows us to generate and deliver timely notifications and actionable insights to our trading solution, and ultimately help us move towards some form of distributed electronic exchange for fixed income products.
What is one trend in the industry that you are most excited about? Why?
I am excited to see that more and more banks are finally starting to understand the benefits and required approach towards using cloud technology, not just for infrastructure but also leveraging Platform-As-A-Service offerings. With this trend, both internal technology teams and external partners get the ability to move more quickly to establish more agile delivery practices, adopt new technology components or architecture models, and progress in the DevOps space towards Continuous Delivery Models
What do you think the industry is struggling with? Why?
The industry is struggling with a current system landscape whereby a high number of proprietary, Vincent Caldeira Chief Technology Officer Bondlinc legacy systems built on monolith architecture have been integrated or rather interfaced through service layers using either data replication or point-to-point messaging approach. As a result, it is hard to evolve or replace components and additional layers of data replication. Business logic has to be built to serve new digital needs, with complexity and maintenance costs increasing over time.
If you were not involved in the finance industry, what would you be doing right now?
Likely going back to the Healthcare industry where I started my career, as I believe it is probably one of the top 3 industries right now in terms of possibilities to improve processes and outcome (in terms of quality of service) with the right use of new technologies. Or if I follow my passion, go full-time into performance sports management as I am already involved through my kids in both the tennis and running communities.
Recommend one thing (a book, a blog, a video, anything) that has a major influence on you.
Being skeptical by nature, there isn’t really a particular source of influence for me as I tend to keep reading and comparing different viewpoints. Right now, I am reading The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle which shares some interesting findings about organizational performance that could seem quite contrary to what a lot of leadership and organizational theory books have been teaching us.
What is your most useless talent?
Making cynical jokes.