Posts by: Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor joined Eagle Investment Systems in 2002 and has more than 15 years’ experience in software development and delivery focusing on complex enterprise applications within investment management. Prior to joining Eagle, Mr. Taylor held positions of increasing responsibility with Strategic Asset Management in London working with small teams of developers to provide Data Management and Performance Measurement solutions to customers in EMEA, APAC and North America. Previous to joining Strategic Asset Management, Mr. Taylor spent several years working with a small start-up company designing and developing publishing and information delivery products. Currently at Eagle, Mr. Taylor is responsible for evaluating and identifying appropriate technology platforms, architectures and vendors for the continued evolution of the Eagle product suite and oversees development and execution of Eagle’s performance lab and optimization program. In addition, he manages the assessment, recommendation and execution of technology and architecture improvement to mitigate technology risk and reduce cost of ownership. Mr. Taylor collaborates with customers and prospects to drive the design, development and deployment of Eagle’s technology strategy as well as drives deployment and development best practices through coding conventions and automated development processes. Mr. Taylor advocates the continued adoption of new technology by customers and Eagle ACCESS℠ to drive optimization, accelerated deployment and business ROI; examples include Cloud, Pervasive computing and Distributed caching technologies Mr. Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science from the University of East Anglia in the UK.

Millennials and the evolution of the financial services industry

Steve Taylor, Head of Technology & Architecture

I was at a conference recently and a fascinating topic was discussed at the keynote; the impact of the “hoodie and flip-flop” generation on how we work.  Specifically, what role will the Millennials play in financial services, and how will this generation and future generations change and shape the business processes within our industry?

From my viewpoint it starts with technology. Millennials have grown up in the Digital Age. They have always been familiar with the internet and, have ascended into adulthood during a period marked by tremendous technological advances, from the growth of the internet, to the development of smart phones and tablets. A recent InformationWeek article further hardens this observation “74% of respondents say there’s a difference in approach to technology between workers under 35 versus those over 35.”

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Open Technology Standards to Accelerate Interoperability

Steve Taylor, Head of Technology and Architecture

As we become immersed in an era described as the “internet of things,” we are almost taking for granted something that for decades has continued to shackle data into siloes and stifle how data is used and adopted across the enterprise. The way we move information around the enterprise has gone from a ‘nice to have’ to vital to exist. It is this need for greater levels of interoperability that has created a shift in how we approach data integration. The technology landscape has changed significantly in recent years; open source is now the norm rather than the exception. We have seen the emergence of new standards and patterns that are accessible and available to larger numbers of users and applications. This has allowed information to move deeper and wider across firms driving up data quality and operational efficiency. One common challenge remains. How do I ensure interoperability between my commercial off-the-shelf, custom and legacy applications? A decade ago a standardized ETL function within a shared utility was the strategic direction followed, but all too often the projects overran, didn’t deliver or required costly “last mile” integration using point solutions and technologies. This was often due to the lack of standards or understanding of the business domain. Read More…

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