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Hiring new joiners in lockdown: what we’ve learned

During the last three months, we’ve welcomed ten new joiners to FINBOURNE whilst operating remotely. Here’s what we’ve learned over the lockdown period about what is, even in normal times, such a vital and interpersonal experience to get right. We discuss how we help people to connect, maintain our culture, develop relationships and retain focus on our goals. We include feedback from line managers and new joiners, and what we’ve changed in our processes.

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Investment Technology

FINBOURNE interviews David Pierson, Director, OMBA Advisory & Investments

In the first of our FINBOURNE interviews series, Dermot Shortt, FINBOURNE Chairman sits down with David Pierson, Director, OMBA Advisory & Investments. They discuss OMBA’s relentless focus on efficiency and automation in building a low fee scalable business which grew revenue by 670% last year, the industry challenges he sees around data quality, how OMBA is tackling the investment platform problem, and solving build versus buy.

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Securing your network with WeaveNet

At FINBOURNE we run highly available Kubernetes clusters in multiple availability zones, with about twenty-five M5.2xLarge nodes per cluster. These nodes live within an Amazon Web Services Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and although they are not physically linked, they can communicate. We use WeaveNet as our overlay network to secure our cluster traffic with encryption within a VPC. WeaveNet (Weave or commonly known as weave) gives us confidence that pod traffic is not being intercepted or manipulated between nodes; deploying WeaveNet as a Daemonset means that we can manage configuration in a single place. This configuration is deployed through our CICD systems from a central repository. We maintain the capability to update low-level components without triggering an outage by implementing an immutable infrastructure pattern.

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Investment Technology

How an IBOR should give you better control of your data

Last week we held a webcast with The Trade where we did something we think is unusual: we defined an Investment Book of Record (IBOR). Not by what it is - that’s a fairly commonplace categorisation - but by what it does. Or rather, what it should do to be a relevant and productive tool in today’s landscape of systemic margin compression, increasingly exigent regulatory bodies and historic market dislocations.

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Investment Technology

Do you still need an Order Management System?

Often seen as a reliable tool that sits on every trader’s desktop, the Order Management System (OMS) has been a core part of investment operations for years. Yet we regularly talk to buy-side firms who think about retiring their OMS and replacing it with an internally built database or another tool. In this piece we look at how the concept of the OMS became popular, what problems it sought to address, how today’s complex investment environment is testing the capabilities of the OMS and the alternative solutions available.


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