Wavelength Podcast Ep. 190: Itiviti’s Gefen on Covid Lessons & SSEOMS Migration

Ofir Gefen joins the podcast to talk about how Itiviti in Asia-Pacific has dealt with impact from the coronavirus, and how the firm’s other office locations have learned.

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.

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This week on the podcast, Ofir Gefen, head of Asia-Pacific at Swedish trading and technology provider Itiviti, talks with Wei-Shen about some of the coronavirus lessons Itiviti in Asia has provided for its other office locations. Then, they talk about how Itiviti has been handling migration projects from those coming off the Bloomberg SSEOMS solution, which is ending in April 2021. 

1:30 – Wei-Shen and Tony talk about how the podcast will be a platform for thought leadership, and where firms can speak about their ongoing projects. 
5:00 – Ofir joins the podcast and talks about his background and some of his experiences from ITG, Ullink, and then at the combined entity Itiviti. 
9:00 – Then, he talks about how Itiviti in Asia entered the BCP mode, following the coronavirus outbreak, and how Itiviti’s other offices could learn from example. 
15:00 – Ofir gives his wide, and narrow view of how markets have been reacting to this pandemic, compared with the dotcom bubble in the early 2000s, and the global financial crisis in 2008/2009. 
20:00 – How are clients looking to outsource, and in their efforts to automate, have their priorities shifted? 
25:30 – The Bloomberg SSEOMS solution is coming offline in April 2021, and migration can take anywhere from one to eight months. Ofir cautions that some decisions, even during these turbulent times, can’t be put off. 
33:00 – Ofir gives an update of how Itiviti has been handling Bloomberg SSEOMS migration projects, and the measures Itiviti has put in place to speed that process up. 
42:00 – What is the worst that could happen, once Bloomberg’s SSEOMS service ends?
45:30 – Ofir talks about Itiviti’s plans and what it is investing in moving forward.


Contact Info: 

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Wei-Shen Wong: + 852 3411 4758;  wei-shen.wong@infopro-digital.com

Anthony Malakian: + 1 646 490 3973; anthony.malakian@infopro-digital.com

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