Wavelength Podcast Ep. 196: Bloomberg’s Gerard Francis, Part 3

Bloomberg’s Gerard Francis is back on the podcast to discuss cloud computing and accessibility of data.

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, Gerard Francis, global head of enterprise data at Bloomberg, comes back on the podcast to talk with Tony about lessons learned during Covid, the acceleration of cloud usage, and making data more accessible. The last time he joined the podcast, Gerard spoke about the alternative data space. 

2:00 – Tony talks about his story on Trading Technologies' Echo Chamber and its goal of aggregating order flow on the TT platform.
7:00 – Gerard joins the podcast. He and Tony start off talking about the experience of transitioning to a work-from-home situation.  
10:00 – Then, they talk about how the Covid situation accelerates the importance of cloud, and the decisions Bloomberg has made to making datasets and services available in the cloud.
14:30 – Gerard explains the thinking behind Bloomberg Enterprise Access Point (BEAP) and making data more easily available to people.
17.30 – What were the pressure points that led to this?
20: 30 – Is there more emphasis on allowing customers to do what they want with data?
23:00 – Gerard talks about Data License+, the barriers of creating it in the past, and how the Polarlake acquisition in 2012 helped. 
26: 30 – What has changed financial institutions’ perception of the cloud?
29:00 – Were any adjustments made to Bloomberg’s licensing models during this environment?
30: 30 – Gerard discusses the different types of data that are valuable now, and how consolidation in the alternative data space is inevitable.
36:00 – They wrap up talking about personal lessons and takeaways from working from home.


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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

Past 10 episodes:

Episode 186: NLP and Transformer Models

Episode 187: Digital Asset on Blockchain Issues

Episode 188: OpenFin’s Mazy Dar Talks Interoperability

Episode 189: Coronavirus & the Asset Management Landscape

Episode 190: Itiviti’s Gefen on Covid Lessons & SSEOMS Migration

Episode 191: Vendor Due Diligence During the Pandemic

Episode 192: Security and BCP Challenges in a Pandemic

Episode 193: Refinitiv's John Walsh on Alt Data

Episode 194: ITRS Group’s Warren on Capacity Planning

Episode 195: The Challenges of Returning to the Office

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