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Gagan Gandhi

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Consistency, one might argue, is the hobgoblin of little minds. But in reality, what it comes to sharing ideas between teams scattered over the globe and articulating designs for someone to build stuff on - consistency of expression is your best friend. Whether it's a naval engineer designing an aircraft career or an IT architect designing a financial system for an Investment bank - the architecture community as a whole has realized the value of standardization and uniformity of representation of information for a long time now. This article specifically looks at the need of standardization of architecture description in the IT space in general and the challenges that the Infrastructure architecture domain faces in achieving that. Standardization enables model driven architecture; and helps create different views from the same information based on stakeholder needs.... (more)

CBEST – What's in It for the Banks?

With computer systems becoming ubiquitous and the IT lexicon becoming omnipresent in most organisations, IT security is one of the top priorities for most organisations. As firms start collecting more data about customers, rise of business analytics and Big data capabilities, companies now have more to keep safe. The rising popularity of Cloud computing on the other hand leaves organisations with less control on its assets. The annual economic impact of Cyber crime is estimated to be higher than that of the Drug trade CITATION Lew13 \l 2057 [1] and by some estimates it's twice as... (more)

Complexity Science in Cyber Security

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle, Metaphysics Abstract With computer systems becoming ubiquitous and the IT lexicon becoming omnipresent in most organisations, IT security is one of the top priorities for most organisations. As firms start collecting more data about customers, rise of business analytics and Big data capabilities, companies now have more to keep safe. The rising popularity of Cloud computing on the other hand leaves organisations with less control on its assets. The annual economic impact of ... (more)

NFC Payments Aren't Dead (Yet!)

Merchants, banks and payment schemes have been struggling to make the checkout experience of customers as smooth and painless as possible. This has been particularly true in the Brick and Mortar channel for large retailers (rather than the eComm or mComm channels) as they move towards selling the ‘shopping experience’ more than the product. For a retailer - the best checkout experience is “no checkout”. Imagine walking into a WalMart or Carrefour, fill your trolley with the weekly grocery and simply walk back to your car. No queue, no self-checkout, no counting cash or chip and pi... (more)