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Mobility In The Financial Services Industry — Right On The Money

Results from a recent survey of IT professionals working in the financial services sector show that a significant percentage of the industry is adopting a mobility strategy. CIOs at wealth management companies need to be prepared to offer solutions that focus on the needs of financial analysts and advisors. The IT leaders in these companies have a unique perspective on the technologies and devices that are capable of alleviating productivity bottlenecks.

 

Financial analysts and wealth managers need a device that supports their fast-paced profession yet still affords them the flexibility to get their work done wherever they are. Many tablets and other mobile devices are loaded with extraneous features, but most wealth managers just want technology that gets them to the numbers without getting in the way. For financial service companies looking to give their team an edge by offering a high-performance mobile device that works quickly, seamlessly, and lets analysts focus on making decisions that benefit clients, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a great investment.

 

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Time Equals Money

 

When time is money, loading screens are your enemy. In a recent study, Principled Technologies tested a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 side by side to check performance with regards to common tasks wealth managers perform, such as using financial planning software and mutual fund research. The study also tested Microsoft Office and video performance using Microsoft Lync remote meeting software, a service commonly used for real-time collaboration and communication.

 

The difference in load times across the three platforms was substantial. When using the financial planning software MoneyGuide Pro, the Intel-Powered Surface Pro 3 cut waiting times by 40% compared to the iPad Air and Galaxy Note 10.1. Additionally, while performing common mutual funds research on Fund Mojo, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 outperformed the competition by 45%.

 

Don’t Buy Into Inflated Tablet Hype

 

While the iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have gained in popularity, the smart investor knows to dig deeper before making a move. In addition to leaving both tablets in the dust when it comes to research and portfolio management tasks, the Surface Pro 3, featuring a 4th generation Intel Core processor, demolished the competition in productivity time savings. The Surface Pro 3 allows users to access and edit Office documents 76% faster than the competition, and features full Microsoft Office 365 compatibility. The iPad Air and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 were only able to perform a fraction of the productivity tasks, and were even further disadvantaged when it came to video conferencing with Microsoft Lync. The Surface Pro 3 was the only device capable of participating in a Lync meeting and accessing all of the software’s features.

 

If you’re looking for a full-featured tablet to give your company’s wealth managers and financial analysts a significant return on investment, look no further than an Intel-powered Microsoft Surface Pro 3. For a full breakdown, check out the Principled Technologies white paper. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter

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Protecting Consumer Information: NCR and Intel Team Up for a New Approach

One of the most fascinating—and challenging—aspects of using technology in the retail and financial services space is how to ensure the protection of personal data on open platforms. In the guest blog post below, Chris Lybeer, Vice President of Strategic … Read more >

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Optimized Data Center Performance – Intel’s Collaboration with Azure

Intel continues to deliver on its commitment to provide our customers with industry leading silicon optimized for their specific needs and workloads.

 

A year ago (Nov 2013), Intel talked about having delivered more than 15 customer specific offerings.  Earlier this year at Structure, Diane Bryant and I  detailed Intel’s plans to accelerate and expand its silicon customization capabilities, including the announcement of a coherent and customizable FPGA product and the Intel Xeon D product family.  Just months later, in September 2014, we demonstrated our commitment to moving faster by announcing that the number of unique customized solutions for Intel Xeon E5 v3 had now grown significantly to more than 35, with the addition of 20 new customer specific solutions.

 

Today, we’re excited to be a part of Microsoft’s announcement of the new Azure “G-series” Virtual Machines: Azure’s most powerful VMs to date, based on a customized Xeon solution from Intel.  The “G-series” VMs deliver significant improvements in platform capability for cloud-based computing by leveraging the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family, and will target customers that are running large relational databases and big data workloads that require maximum performance and large memory.  Working together to understand their requirements we were able to deliver a SKU optimized specifically to meet Microsoft’s unique performance, power & feature requirements.  This is yet another example of how working together, Intel and Microsoft are delivering cutting edge innovation across the computing spectrum.

 

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family offers the best combination of performance, built-in capabilities, and efficiency to address performance computing challenges. Compared to previous generations, the Xeon E5 v3 processors delivers up to 3x higher performance. (More info)  Microsoft joined us on stage at the launch of Xeon E5 v3 in September to share their enthusiasm and our collaboration within Azure.

 

 

 

The G-series offers up to 32 cores, 448GB RAM and over 6TB of local SSD space. This new Azure offering delivers an excellent choice for large SQL and Oracle database systems, MongoDB, database systems with high memory requirements or enterprise applications.

 

Let us know what you think about the new G-series Azure offering.  To read more from Microsoft Azure and their G-series, visit microsoft.com

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Practical Challenges of Healthcare Security

From time to time we will look at healthcare IT environments from around the world to see how different countries approach healthcare technology challenges. Below is the second in a series of guest posts on the English NHS from contributor Colin Jervis.

 

In the UK, an aging population threatens to increase demand for healthcare and social services. My last post looked at the features of the integrated care needed to stem this tide and some of the security and confidentiality issues raised by sharing between organizations. Really, the only answer in the short- and medium-term is better models of care supported by Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

 

In addition, Baby Boomers are now aging and are likely to be far more assertive than their parents about healthcare quality and delivery. And they often have better ICT at home than they encounter in a spell with the NHS.

 

For sure, the management of long-term conditions is likely to be a competitive arena for public and private sector healthcare providers. Even among traditional NHS providers we already see the formation of GP consortia and of secondary care providers hiring salaried GPs to create new organizations.

 

Supporting this are wirelessness and data integration – moving away from traditional institutions and clinics and moving closer to care in a patient’s home. But the great benefits this promises come with risks.

 

The NHS uses two-factor authentication to authorize access to systems that contain confidential patient data – password and smartcard. Something you know and something you have. This is practicable for most NHS staff; however, for some it is not.

 

In a busy emergency department with few end user devices, the time taken for an individual to log out and in to the electronic patient record each time is unbearable. So, what tends to happen is that someone logs in with their smartcard at the start of the day and remains logged in until the end of their shift, letting their colleagues use their access rights. Not what is intended, but difficult to censure when clinicians put addressing patient needs before information governance.

 

Further, clinicians mobile in the community often have issues with security. They can attend a patient at their home and login. Provided access is good and there is continuous interaction between patient, clinician and machine this is fine.

 

However, some clinicians, such as physiotherapists, may have longer interventions away from the machine. To comply with security, the device times out after a few minutes. Logging in again is a pain, not to mention the possibility that – for example – an inquisitive family member could access the unattended machine while the connection is open. In the world of remote access security form does not always follow function.

 

Two-factor authentication is sound, however, many ICT helpdesks will rate the resetting of passwords as the biggest reason for user calls. Passwords are not easy for most people to remember particularly if the structure is prescriptive; for example, at least one capital letter, one digit and one symbol – and also has to be changed regularly.

 

Nothing of nothing comes. With the greater use of ICT and the benefits of instant access and mobility, we must trade something. There is no activity that carries no risk. Even if I lie in bed all day to avoid being run over by a truck or attacked by a mugger, I still risk the disbenefits of inactivity such as depression, heart disease and an overdose of comfort eating.

 

But how important to us is the confidentiality of healthcare information, particularly with the growth of wearable health devices and the smartphone app? I’ll address that in my next post.

 

What questions do you have?

 

Colin Jervis is an independent healthcare consultant. His book ‘Stop Saving the NHS and Start Reinventing It’ is available now. His website is kineticconsulting.co.uk, and he also posts on Twitter @colin_jervis.

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Rethink Privacy 2.0 and Fair Information Practice Principles: A Common Language for Privacy

By: Paula Bruening Last week, Mauritius hosted the 36th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. By convening in this island African country, the data protection authorities acknowledged that data protection and privacy are concerns not only of the developed … Read more >

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Intel and AT&T to Drive Research to Enable Software Defined Networking

Software defined networking (SDN) offers a new approach to network management and programmability for the purpose of enabling more flexible network architectures and agile service deployments. SDN introduces new standards and mechanisms to manage networks and quickly introduce new functionality … Read more >

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Transform IT – Episode 3 Recap: The Curvy Path

During the latest episode of the Transform IT show, Patty Hatter, Sr. VP of Operations and CIO at McAfee, challenged us to take what I called, “the curvy path.” To be unafraid of having a career path that doesn’t look like a straight line. But the curvy path can be scary, right? The trick is in how you approach it.

 

Wasn’t it fun to hang out with Patty? What I love about her is that she is a no-nonsense, get-it-done executive who makes big things happen. But she also refuses to accept the status quo, is easy to talk to and she’s just a lot of fun to be with. What a powerful combination.

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And as I was talking to her, I couldn’t help but think that her own “curvy path” is a lot of the reason why.


As she explained during the interview, she is able to relate to all of her counterparts because she has been in their shoes, at least in part, at different times in her career. I think that kind of depth and breadth of experience gives you an inner confidence that allows you to drop your guard a bit. I think that inner confidence – and the easy manner it engenders – came through loud and clear when I was talking with Patty.

 

So her challenge to each of us was to be unafraid of our own curvy path. To be willing to step off the safe, straight and narrow career path that most of us have been on, and to be willing to try something completely new and different.

 

It’s scary. It’s risky. But it’s what will give you the depth of experience that you need to have that kind of inner confidence in almost any situation.

 

So how will you step off the safety of the straight path and seek out the less direct, but much more interesting path that will lead you forward? It may be an uncertain future, but by embracing the uncertainty and becoming an intellectual and experiential explorer, you can prepare yourself for whatever that future may hold.

 

So what will it be? What will be your first step off the straight, safe path onto your own “curvy path”?

 

Share that first step with us in the comments below or via Twitter using #TransformIT and #ITChat. Taking that step is a critical decision that will put you on the path to getting some amazing things done at the intersection of IT and business!

 

If you missed Episode 3, you can watch it on demand here.

 

Also, make sure that you tune in on October 28th when I’ll be talking to Frank Wander, former CIO at Guardian Life and Author of the book, Transforming IT Culture. We’ll be discussing the similarities between wine and culture from his own personal wine cellar! You’re not going to want to miss it. You can register for a calendar reminder here.

 

Join the Transform IT conversation anytime using the Twitter hashtags #TransformIT and #ITChat. Don’t forget that you can order my book, “The Quantum Age of IT” for 50% off thanks to the Intel IT Center: http://intel.ly/1pfz4tU

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How to Improve Hospital Efficiency

 

Efficiency is the goal for streamlined, affordable healthcare. But how do we get there?

 

In the above video, Gabi Daniely, vice president of Stanley Healthcare, talks about the company’s five hospital category solutions and how they can improve the operational efficiency of healthcare facilities.

 

How are you improving your facilities’ efficiency? Watch the clip and let us know what questions you have.

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Intel at SAP TechEd – Plan Your Schedule Now

SAP TechEd and && d-code Conference, coming to Las Vegas from Oct. 20 to 24, is SAP’s premier event for IT architects, administrators, and developers. With over 1,000 hours of instruction on SAP technologies, plus roll-outs of new tools and live coding InnoJams , this event is designed to help front-line IT pros address the real challenges they face every day. With hands-on training and lots of opportunities for networking and collaboration, this is one event where what happens in Las Vegas definitely won’t stay in Las Vegas!

 

Intel and SAP have shared a rich, innovation-based engineering collaboration for more than 8 years, and the relationship continues to evolve. The two companies worked together very closely during the development of SAP HANA*, the revolutionary in-memory database that powers real-time analytics and business solutions. The Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 Family and SAP HANA were co-optimized for superior performance, optimal reliability, enhanced security, and flexible management. Intel Xeon E7 is SAP HANA’s reference architecture design platform, and is the certified platform of choice for over 160 computing appliances with ten SAP HANA OEMs. Since we’re talking Las Vegas here, you can wager that the rich collaboration between SAP and Intel will continue—both companies are moving forward together with innovations for on-premises and cloud-based HANA platforms, and with solutions for enterprise mobility and the Internet of Things.

 

Intel has a full roster of keynote appearances, sessions, demos and other events at SAP TechEd, so start planning your itinerary now. Don’t miss the Steve Lucas SAP Executive Keynote (5:45pm-7pm, Oct. 20, Venetian Ballroom, Level 2). Steve Lucas, president of SAP Platform Solutions, is always an entertaining and enlightening speaker, and you can bet that he will kick off the show by unveiling some exciting announcements. Shannon Poulin, vice president of the Intel Datacenter Group, will join Steve on stage to discuss the latest in Intel and SAP ongoing collaboration, including news about SAP HANA in the cloud. With subscription-based SAP HANA now available via AWS and Virtustream, customers can try out SAP HANA in the cloud before investing in an on-site scale-up deployment.

 

Check out these technical sessions presented by Intel executives & experts:

  • DEV-114 Better Together (3:15-4:15pm, Oct. 21, Bellini 2103). Join Dietrich Banschbach,Intel director of SAP engineering, and learn how running SAP HANA on Intel Xeon E7 processors delivers up to 80 percent more performance and up to 80 percent lower TCO than alternative RISC architectures.
  • TEC212 Data Center Intelligence – SAP HANA Platform Extension for IT Departments (3:15-4:15pm, Oct 21, Lando 3202). Curt Aubley, Intel Data Center Group VP/CTO, will co-present with Nico Groh, SAP data center intelligence project owner. Learn about the ongoing Intel and SAP engineering effort to optimize SAP HANA power and performance on Intel® architecture and the enablement of Intel® Data Center Manager.
  • EXP17738 Accelerate the Performance of the SAP HANA Platform with Intel Architecture (4:30-5pm, Oct. 21, Lounge 3, Show Floor). Frank Ober, data center solution architect at Intel NV Memory Group, explains how Intel® Solid State Drives change the game for in-memory systems such as SAP HANA, where low-latency and parallel data movement is key.
  • EXP17764 Increase SAP HANA Data Security: Deploying the Vormetric Solution (1:30-2pm, Oct. 22, Lounge 3, Show Floor). Martin Guttmann, principal architect for Intel Data Center Solutions Worldwide, and Sri Sudarsan, director of engineering for Vormetric, highlight the business benefits and functional capabilities of deploying Vormetric data security solutions for data encryption on SAP HANA and Intel Xeon E7 platforms in a cloud-hosted infrastructure.

 

Stop by the Intel booth (#3000) to check out demos by Intel partners such as Fujitsu, SGI, and Lenovo, which showcase scale-up solutions built on the Intel Xeon E7 v2 platform. You’ll have a chance to experience Intel®-based tablets and 2-in-1 devices as secure platforms for SAP HANA mobile apps; meet SAP HANA Data Center Intelligence* (SAP HDCI), which integrates Intel® Data Center Manager with SAP HANA for improved power management; and discover 3D cameras built on Intel® RealSense™ sensory-input technologies.

 

We’ll also host almost 20 half-hour Tech Talks at our booth, so stop by for a chance to hear experts deliver quick overviews of the latest co-innovations from Intel and SAP. I’ll be there to help film the Tech Talks, and – get excited – I’ll feature several of these in an upcoming blog.

 

Follow me at @TimIntel and watch for my Vine videos and man-on-the-street commentary and impressions on SAP TechEd keynotes and Intel sessions. Follow @IntelITcenter and join the dialogue with Intel IT experts, and follow @IntelSoftware to engage with Intel’s software community.  

 

See you in Las Vegas!

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