More than 300 trading technologists, architects and IT professionals from the biggest financial organisations across North America gathered in central Manhattan for this year’s North American Trading Architecture Summit hosted by Waters.
Now in its fifth year, the conference welcomed many of the industry’s most respected thought leaders and innovators to discuss the urgent business, operational and technological challenges that are driving the financial IT industry.
The conference was opened by Nancy Wiser (pictured), Chief Operating Officer and Head of Technology at Wells Fargo Funds Management who examined the changing workforce dynamics and the integration of millennials.
Another highlight was an insightful afternoon keynote address from David Lewis, Managing Director and Head of Architecture & Platform Services at BNY Mellon, who examined ways of leveraging cloud to transform the financial services ecosystem.
Other topics that were covered during the panel discussions included the electronification of the fixed income market, solutions to reduce latency, risk management strategies, data analytics, enterprise infrastructure and how to innovate your trading desk.
One of the most popular panel discussions of the day was the C-level roundtable which welcomed speakers from Lord Abbett, UBS, Vanguard, Blackstone and Marathon Asset Management. During this session the panellists discussed the importance of knowing when to shut down an application and how to recognise when it’s no longer efficient to keep an application running.
The conference concluded with a series of champagne roundtables which allowed the delegates to put questions to leading industry experts in a relaxed and informal setting. These roundtables were then followed by a drinks reception, which presented an excellent networking opportunity for all of the attendees.