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Introducing Options Advisory

Introducing Options Advisory

A little earlier today we announced that Options had acquired the financial technology consultancy firm, Jake Roy Pillar. It’s a deal we’ve been working on for a number of months and we are delighted to be able to formally welcome the JRP team to the Options family. There is more on the announcement Read more

Ten Reasons We Love Equinix

Ten Reasons We Love Equinix

To download our managed colocation whitepaper click here.

At Options, ‘delivery’ (or getting stuff done, in simpler terms) and ‘customer service’ are two of our driving passions. They resonate through every decision we make; where we invest, where we locate our offices and the people we hire.

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Observations from STAC NYC

Observations from STAC NYC

Time well spent at the STAC conference yesterday- I’m happy to say we’ve joined the group given the important role it plays in establishing an evidence based technology and vendor dialogue in the FinTech community.

A few observations…

  • The largest event attendance to date, and professionally managed. Hats off to STAC for how far they’ve come (Peter reminded me we were the very Read more

Cybersecurity: Is Business Process The Next ‘Attack Surface’?

Cybersecurity: Is Business Process The Next ‘Attack Surface’?

To download Options’ most recent cybersecurity whitepaper click here.

Cybersecurity is rapidly becoming the single biggest issue facing hedge funds and asset managers. Each and every week we hear of a new breach or bug, and their complexity is only increasing.

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Setting Up Windows 10 In 10 Easy Steps

Setting Up Windows 10 In 10 Easy Steps

Following the popularity of last week’s post on Microsoft’s release of Windows 10, we thought we would help users try it out for themselves. Below is a 10-step guide to setting up the technical preview.

What You Will Need:

(Assuming you’re already running Win 7 or 8 64-bit already)

- Some virtualization software – I’m using VMWare Player or you could try Oracle VM VirtualBox, both are free.

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Windows 10 In Review: A Look At What Users Can Expect

Windows 10 In Review: A Look At What Users Can Expect

Windows 10 is coming later this year and Microsoft have been giving users an early look via their Technical Preview. These are starting to get a lot more stable and interesting, as the latest release includes the first glimpse at Project Spartan, the browser set to replace Internet Explorer. Below is a quick look at what users can expect from Microsoft’s latest offering.

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Cybersecurity: Six First Steps Your Firm Needs to Consider

Cybersecurity: Six First Steps Your Firm Needs to Consider

Cybersecurity quickly became the primary focus of conversation at a recent dinner with a bunch of old financial sector IT friends. It is certainly the topic du jour but the level of interest was fascinating.

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Why Institutional Investors Love Hedge Fund Startups That Choose Options

Why Institutional Investors Love Hedge Fund Startups That Choose Options

When it comes to fundraising, experienced managers know that there is only one thing more important than having a great IT platform; that’s having a great IT platform that institutional investors see as the industry benchmark.

That said, many hedge fund startups don’t realise the importance of securing the right technology partner.

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Options Cybersecurity Series: A Password Policy For Hedge Funds

Options Cybersecurity Series: A Password Policy For Hedge Funds

Agreeing an appropriate password policy is one of the most basic security steps when delivering hedge fund IT.

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New Chapter For BATS Global Markets As They Acquire Hotspot FX

New Chapter For BATS Global Markets As They Acquire Hotspot FX

BATS announced closing the Hotspot acquisition on Friday, and by all appearances are going about it with typical no-nonsense efficiency. Having known Joe Ratterman from our days back at Bridge together around the turn of the millennium and a number of other stand-up guys over there, I’m personally quite happy to see their continued success  - and anything but surprised.

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