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Banking e-zine

money4.jpgHP over the year has been putting out an industry specific e-zine every month or two. This month the focus is on a Banking e-zine.

 

The feature stories include:

There was also one on Finance late last year.

 

These thought provoking articles are part of a larger effort to envision the future. You can let your voice be heard on the Enterprise 20/20 project -- where these ideas and many others about the future enterprise are discussed.

Legislative efforts to stem the tide of latency reduction

financial lock.pngThe WSJ had an article titled: Germany to Tap Brakes On High-Speed Trading, which describes a legislative response to the disruptive technologies associated with automating normal. Computing systems are great at repetitively executing a task once it is known what needs to be done. High speed trading is just another example of that.

 

The proposed legislation seeks to require traders to register with Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, collect fees from those who use high-speed trading systems excessively, and force stock markets to install circuit breakers that can interrupt trading if a problem is detected.

 

Since significant money is involved, it is only natural for this disruptive change to be viewed negatively. That doesn’t mean that it will not be a standard tool for traders in the very near future. I view it just like the situation with jet fighters today. The desire is that they are very maneuverable, so they are designed to be inherently unstable and computer models are used to enable controlled flight. In today’s most advanced fighters, people can’t fly the plane; we just don’t have the reaction time. People fly the models and the models fly the plane.

 

This seems to be a case where we’re locking the door after the horse already left the barn.

HP Energy: Oil & Gas e-zine

oil & gas.pngA few months back I wrote a post about an HP e-zine focused on the healthcare and life sciences, then there was one on Finance and Accounting. I just received a new one focused on Oil & Gas. The articles included in this issue are:

These focus on how organizations can use the abundance of capabilities that exist today to shift the value equation in the Oil & Gas space. The capabilities of mobility, beyond just a mobile phone but including all the sensing capabilities that exist at the edge of the enterprise, combined with the analytics available today can radically shift the understanding of what is taking place today as well as reduce the latency for the enterprise to respond to what has happened or even predict what will happen.

 

All of these industry focused activities are part of a larger effort to discuss the future use of technology. You can let your voice be heard on the Enterprise 20/20 project -- where these ideas and many others about the future enterprise are discussed.

HP Finance and Accounting e-zine

digital pig.pngA few months back I wrote a post about an HP e-zine focused on the healthcare and life sciences industry. There was recently released another e-zine with a focus is on Finance and Accounting.

The articles included are:

These thought provoking articles are part of a larger effort to envision the future. You can let your voice be heard on the Enterprise 20/20 project -- where these ideas and many others about the future enterprise are discussed.

Will solar energy shine in 2012?

A Bloomberg article recently discussed the decline in the price of photovoltaic panels in 2011. The article discusses the fact that “The spot price of solar panels has fallen 47 percent this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, while crude oil prices have gained 8 percent in New York.”

 

You may think this means there may be a significant burst in solar installation in 2012, but these lower costs may not be sustainable though, since the actual costs involved in the production of solar cells have not declined and is more of a side effect of overproduction. The costs of installing solar cells has declined significantly as better techniques are being used today. The DIY market is responding to the reduction is solar panel costs as well.

 

It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Tags: energy| Finance| Green
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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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