Wavelength Podcast Ep. 183: Transforming the Workforce

Wei-Shen and Tony discuss the challenges firms face at the workplace while going through technology transformation.

Wei-Shen Wong, Asia Editor, and Anthony Malakian, Editor-in-Chief of WatersTechnology, record a weekly podcast touching on the biggest stories in financial technology.

To hear the full interview, listen in the player above, or you can download it.

This week, Tony and Wei-Shen talk about issues dealing with transforming the workforce while financial firms start to automate and digitize. They discuss some of the challenges firms face in upskilling existing staff. Later, they touch on the Coronavirus situation in Hong Kong. 

1:30 – Wei-Shen and Tony start the podcast highlighting that registration for the North American Financial Information Summit 2020 (NAFIS) is now open. 
3:30 – Then, they discuss Reb’s story on transforming the workforce. They address some challenges both financial and non-financial firms facing in their efforts. 
11:00 – Tony talks about how difficult it is to learn new skills and how it’s not as easy as it sounds. 
17:00 – They get a little distracted and talk about the latest Korean drama series Wei-Shen is watching. 
18:30 – Wei-Shen brings it back to the topic. It takes two to clap. Both the firm and the individual have to put in the work. 
21:00 – Can firms prevent talent from leaving to potentially greener pastures despite giving them the toolkit to learn new skills? 
24:00 – Wei-Shen speaks about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in Hong Kong and some of the absurdities that have risen from it. 
33:00 – They end the podcast by discussing what three items they would steal in such a situation.

Contact Info: 

As is the case with everything we do, we'd love to get some feedback from our listeners.

Wei-Shen Wong: + 852 3411 4758;  [email protected]

Anthony Malakian: + 1 646 490 3973; [email protected]


Past 10 episodes:

Episode 173: Hadoop, Data Warehousing

Episode 174: Previewing Waters USA

Episode 175: Tradeweb's Billy Hult

Episode 176: Data Hungry AI; Women in Data

Episode 177: Data Implications of 5G & IoT

Episode 178: MEMX's CEO & COO

Episode 179: Deepfakes and the Capital Markets

Episode 180: FactSet's Sara Dillon

Episode 181: M&A News; Limitations of AI

Episode 182: Third-Party Resiliency & Regulatory Pressure

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