Technology

Overview

We have outstanding experience in providing specialist technology consultancy in application and system strategy. We advise firms on their overall technology approach; enterprise architecture; and system selection and implementation, ensuring our clients deploy the right solution for their needs, as well as advising them on the latest IT trends and solutions in financial services.

We also have a longstanding track record of providing unique expertise in technology organisational design and learning development for technologists across all engineering disciplines. We advise on organisational and cultural change incorporating the move to DevOps and developing agility. We also work with boards, senior stakeholders and senior technologists to increase their strategic and governance effectiveness and impact.

Specialisms

Technology moves at an alarming pace. Understanding which technologies are appropriate for a business can provide competitive advantage while avoiding expensive mistakes. We help clients understand how technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain as well as data lakes and elastic search can be used to enhance their business.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML)
  • Blockchain
  • Data lakes and elastic search

Whether clients are simplifying their architecture, refreshing their line of business applications or expanding into new products, clients or geographies, we advise on the systems required. We regularly engage with the vendor market to ensure we remain at the forefront of financial services application strategic advice, providing our clients with the latest in IT trends.

  • Application vision
  • Business and IT principles
  • Market trends
  • Vendor solutions advice

Financial services enterprise architectures are complicated. Incorporating commercial applications, in-house IT-developed solutions, end-user computing (EUC) as well as a myriad of third-party providers means they are ever-changing. We have experience of architectures from a wide variety of firms and we know what works well – and what does not.

  • Architecture modelling and documentation
  • Roadmap design
  • Technical analysis

Information and cyber security are paramount in protecting client data, personal data, a firm’s intellectual property and data assets. In a digitised business firms are ever-more susceptible to malicious and non-malicious data loss. We work with our specialist data colleagues to help firms protect their data through technical, process and organisational controls to ensure that risks are understood, controlled and mitigated.

  • Data privacy design and health-checks
  • Information security management design
  • Process engineering
  • Security analysis and review

We provide specialist project managers, business analysts, DevOps, testers and subject matter experts that work with clients to implement systems – commercial or in-house. We can provide teams or individuals that understand the business as well as the best practice approaches for deploying systems into new or existing architectures.

  • DevOps expertise
  • Project management
  • Subject matter expertise and business analysis
  • Test strategy, management and test execution
  • Vendor coordination

Commercial systems can be expensive. Choosing the right system for each business, understanding the functional fit, the commercial and service contracts, and implementation arrangements are essential. We know the systems market and we objectively support clients to select the right systems for their business. We cut through the marketing and provide clients with a clear explanation of different systems’ strengths and weaknesses as well as recommendations on their use.

  • Architecture recommendations
  • Commercial analysis
  • Contract and service negotiation
  • RFI/RFP design
  • Systems shortlisting
  • Systems inspection and appraisal

We have an outstanding track record of developing talented technologists, teams and organisations on personal, technology and business impact skills, and of developing the most senior and expert technologists in the financial services industry. We help guide large scale organisational and cultural change as well as supporting executives develop good IT programme sponsorship.

  • Enterprise engineer development
  • Executive coaching and sponsor training
  • Distinguished engineer development
  • High performance team development
  • Organisational and cultural change
  • Talent coaching and development

Talk to our specialists

Ken Bigelow

Managing partner