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Trackhost: John Davies, Technical Director, IONA

 Trackhost: John  Davies, Technical Director, IONA

John is CTO/co-founder of C24 (and just now: Technical Director of IONA). Founded in 2000, C24 hit the market a year later with an innovated Java-binding technology for financial services messaging standards. Integration Objects (IO) can generate Java code for almost every financial services messaging standard, from FpML (including validation rules) to SWIFT. It is unique niche in the market has seen it OEMd by many of the leading middleware, messaging and application server vendors. The largest clients now feed over $500million of trades a day through the code, the fastest process thousands of messages second.

The wide coverage of C24-IO has given John a unique view into the internals of many of the world leading financial institutions. John has nearly 20 years in Investment Banking and over 25 years in IT, mostly as a consultant. He has co-authored several books on Java and J2EE, was the author of Learning Trees distributed Java course and a regular speaker on grid, Jini and JavaSpaces in the Java and banking world. Over the years John has held more than one high-profile position as Head of Technical Architect in banks such as JPMorgan.

Presentation: "Introduction: Banking Architectures"

Track:   Banking Architectures

Time: Thursday 10:15 - 10:45

Location: Fleming Room

Abstract:

An investment bank can make millions in a matter of seconds, of course it can also go the other way but they usually get it right. Turning over in hours what most software companies make in a life time. Traders can justify months of IT spending just to save a few milliseconds, but they're demanding clients.

John will give a short overview of what banks actually do with their money from front-office trading though middle office risk management to back office settlement. He will explain the drivers and opportunities in today's banking scene from Foreign Exchange to Equity Derivatives. Throughout the talk John will point out links to the relative topics covered later in the day.

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Presentation: "High Performance Enterprise Service Bus"

Track:   Banking Architectures

Time: Thursday 14:30 - 15:30

Location: Fleming Room

Abstract:

An ESB isn't just about connecting everything onto a JMS; it's just not that simple. We can't have one architecture for the front office with thousands of messages a second and another for the back office where volumes might be low but message values run into billions (€, and $).

At the heart of every bank are messaging and integration technologies, EAI, MQ, FTP, JMS, ESBs and now SOA. Thing are complicated enough internally but with the ever increasing need to compete at a global level we see a driving need to integrate with external standards like SWIFT, SwapsWire, FpML, DTTC and ISO-20022. At this level of complexity Object/Relational mapping fails and we need to look for new solutions.

John will cover some of the architectures used in today's investment banks and demonstrate why he believes relational databases have had their time.

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Presentation: "Panel: Advanced Message Queue Protocol Implementors and Adopters" - (NB! only 45 min.)"

Track:   Banking Architectures

Time: Thursday 17:15 - 18:00

Location: Fleming Room

Abstract:

The Advanced Message Queuing Protocol www.amqp.org is an initiative to create a language neutral wire level protocol for enterprise messaging.

This panel joins AMQP's leading banks and implementation vendors for the first time in public, and will discuss three topics:

  1. Yet another message queue protocol? Introducing the spec and its business drivers, with John O'Hara, the AMQP Working Group chair.
  2. How do I use AMQP? Leading implementations and insights into where AMQP is being adopted in 2007.
  3. Roadmap for AMQP: timelines, licensing, specification release dates, and interoperability with other standards.

The panel will conclude with a broader discussion about the future for open innovation, open standards, open source and open financial platforms.

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