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Rise of machine trading forces data providers to pivot | Financial Times
OCTOBER 30 2019 | Financial Times | Philip Stafford in London.

Financial information suppliers are on the hunt for new markets such as wealth management and corporate audiences....... the days of depending on selling information on fixed workstations, or terminals to a core group of investment bankers and fund managers — the mainstay of the industry over decades — were quickly receding........Cost-conscious banks are reducing the numbers of analysts and traders they employ, cutting research or automating processes that have long been done by humans. That wipes out a once reliable client base for terminals, leaving data specialists to shift their focus elsewhere.....Chief technology officers need to become more efficient more quickly,” “Our fastest growing segment is corporates, business development and investor relations.” This had left rivals such as Bloomberg, Refinitiv and Morningstar “in a race . . . for each others’ customers,........Demand is increasingly being driven by the need for enriched data that can be fed into computers, rather than read by humans, ....“We’re seeing a big shift to data-driven strategies, and fundamental analysis will be more data-driven,” he said. “This is where the industry is headed and where we’re going for it.”....Overall terminal sales are healthy... estimates are that the number of users of terminals, or desktops, in the investment industry will rise to 1.6m this year and hit 1.7m by 2021. Most of that growth is set to come from areas such as investment management rather than trading....Mitko Yankov, global head of platform at Refinitiv, agreed that the old model of selling data as pre-packed bundles of information was disappearing. Customers wanted richer types of data, he said. This means serving developers, data scientists, quantitative traders and even traders and analysts who can write their own code. “They really don’t appreciate monolithic bundles,”...other data providers are hoping to benefit from the rising demand for data as markets apply computing trends such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to trading and analytics. The rush has been exemplified by the London Stock Exchange Group’s $27bn deal to buy Refinitiv.
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This (old - ish) article makes one think of a couple of factors that contributed to a change of balance:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-25/jpmorgan-s-traders-nab-market-share-while-deutsche-bank-s-slip
First is the "exorbitant privilege" of being able to print more than others, but near second is probably information and information processing power advantage By the way, the article cited is a reasonably rich source of information, not to be compared with ft's, where there is no hard data and time perspective. There is another question: How does it square up with market as a "price discovery mechanism"? With barriers to safe entry into this market in billions of investment into technology what are the mere mortals supposed to do? The market seems to be turning into an ever narrower oligopoly.
alternative_data  automation  Bloomberg  coding  CTOs  data  data-driven  data_scientists  Factset  financial_data  fundamental_analysis  investment_management  LSE  Morningstar  Refinitiv  Thomson_Reuters  traders 
9 weeks ago by jerryking
Walmart Hires Global Tech Chief to Compete With Amazon
May 28, 2019 | WSJ | By Sarah Nassauer.

Walmart is working to becoming an increasingly tech-focused company, buying up e-commerce startups and investing heavily to boost online sales. ...... Walmart is working to becoming an increasingly tech-focused company, buying up e-commerce startups, investing heavily to boost online sales, adding more grocery-delivery options and working to ramp up its digital ad revenue. The bulk of Walmart’s revenues and profits came from around 4,600 U.S. stores as of the most recent quarter......Walmart’s current chief information officer, Clay Johson, and all unit CTOs will report to Mr. Kumar. Marc Lore, Walmart’s head of U.S. e-commerce, will continue to report to Mr. McMillon directly,
Amazon  appointments  C-suite  CTOs  digital_strategies  e-commerce  hiring  retailers  start_ups  technology  Wal-Mart 
may 2019 by jerryking
Every Company Is Now a Tech Company
Dec. 4, 2018 | WSJ | By Christopher Mims.

There was a time when the primary role of leaders at most companies was management. The technology required to do the work of a company could be bought or siloed in an “IT department,” treated more as a cost center than a source of competitive advantage.

But now we’ve entered a period of upheaval, driven by connectivity, artificial intelligence and automation. The changes affect the world of business so profoundly that every company is now a tech company. But now companies born before the first internet bubble also must realize they can no longer function as non-tech businesses......The question is, how does a non-tech company become a tech company quickly? Increasingly, the answer is bringing tech talent into the highest executive ranks, adding deeply knowledgeable and indispensable “technical co-founders” long after the company was founded......To put it another way: When faced with a competitor like Amazon, do you do as Walmart did, and invest heavily in tech firms and technical knowledge? Or do you go the way of Sears…into bankruptcy court?

In August 2016, Walmart announced it would acquire e-commerce startup Jet.com for $3.3 billion, the largest ever deal of an old-line bricks-and-mortar company buying an e-commerce company. The acquisition was about a transfusion of new minds as much as Jet’s technology, which was far ahead of Walmart’s online operation at the time....Mr. Lore is now chief of e-commerce at Walmart......Walmart’s e-commerce business revenue grew 43% in the last quarter alone....Wal-Mart is successfully pursuing a “second-mover strategy” against Amazon....Things don’t always go this smoothly. In fact, when well-established companies acquire tech-savvy startups in order to bring aboard engineers and executives--acqui-hires-- it’s usually a disaster.....Within the first three years after an acquisition, 60% of employees at a startup leave......That rate of turnover is twice that of employees hired the old-fashioned way. What’s worse, the employees who leave tend to be the most aggressive and entrepreneurial—and more likely to launch a competing startup.....For large companies stuck between the rock of disruption and the hard place of acquiring startups that can’t hold on to key employees, what’s to be done?[sounds like a cultural clash] John Chambers, who was chief executive at Cisco for more than 20 years, where he oversaw 180 acquisitions, has some answers. In his new book, “Connecting the Dots,” Mr. Chambers outlines some rules. For one, corporate cultures should align. Also, it helps if the company you’re buying already has significant traction in the market..... it’s essential to promote the leaders of acquired companies into your own ranks. Mr. Chamber’s rule at Cisco was that a third of the company’s leaders should be promoted from within, a third should be recruited from outside, and a third should come from acquisitions. .......As the competitive landscape continues to change and technology becomes ever more essential to how business is done, investments that might have seemed too risky a few years ago now may sometimes turn out to be the best path to survival.
acquihires  artificial_intelligence  automation  Amazon  books  Christopher_Mims  connecting_the_dots  CTOs  Cisco  cultural_clash  digital_savvy  e-commerce  Jet  John_Chambers  large_companies  post-deal_integration  reinvention  silo_mentality  technology  Wal-Mart 
december 2018 by jerryking
Globe editorial: Banning a word isn’t going to help Indigenous Canadians - The Globe and Mail
There are scores of reserves across this country still under boil-water advisories. Indigenous Canadians live shorter lives than their fellow citizens, have lower incomes, are less likely to be in school or have a job, and more likely to be in jail. These are the real issues. The problem is not that job titles like "chief financial officer" exist. The problem is that too few native Canadians occupy such jobs, and too few are in a position to do so.

That's not something that can be fixed by purging a word.
aboriginals  political_correctness  TDSB  CTOs  CEOs 
october 2017 by jerryking
Cisco’s CEO on Staying Ahead of Technology Shifts - HBR
John Chambers
FROM THE MAY 2015 ISSUE

Mr. Chambers said that customers are the best indicators of when to make investments in new technology. “That’s one reason I spend so much time listening to CIOs, CTOs, and CEOs during sales calls,”
HBR  Cisco  anticipating  ksfs  transitions  indicators  market_intelligence  John_Chambers  IBM  layoffs  CEOs  market_windows  disruption  customer_relationships  sales_calls  CIOs  CTOs  listening 
may 2015 by jerryking

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