Written October 27, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

In an article on the ComparetheCloud.net website about the use of Cloud services in the legal world (found here), it becomes apparent that no part of the economy is immune to the advances in technology. Lawyers, much like any other group of professionals, are subject to the same scrutiny and need for price transparency which has transformed other industries overnight. With advances in AI and the globalization of research, in many ways the legal world is being forced into the world of IT.

But there seems to be a problem;

– The reality is, the majority of effort and investment is actually being applied to building and maintaining traditional on premise or co-located IT infrastructures. These infrastructures, made up of servers, storage, and networks are expensive and increasingly complex to manage

The major law firms in the world are finding themselves in a quandary. How do they become more efficient and effective as counsel using a secure cloud environment? The reality is that the public cloud is much more secure than those held on-prem. Especially when the core business is NOT IT! The legal world will discover what most every other industry has learned…You either are disrupted or you become the disruptor.

Those who are the fastest to embrace the evolution of services will eventually be the disruptors. They will migrate to the public cloud and will procure those services in the most cost effective manner. Those who want to layer themselves into the new digital world should be looking for partners that can provide the right solutions at the right price, rather than dealing with the challenges that come from “one size fits all” options, tools they don’t need, and contracts that trap them for too long relative to their ever-changing needs.

Written October 26, 2017 by
Jack Bouroudjian
Chief Economist

As someone who has been attending the FIA (Futures Industry Association) show since the mid ‘80’s, I can say, without hesitation, that the show has changed dramatically. The show used to be focused on brokers and traders of derivatives, but now the FIA has become a showcase for the technologies that drive, optimize and support the trading communities across the globe. It’s also clear that one thing that has emerged as a key component of those technologies is the cloud.

The emergence of electronic trading produces wonderful examples of new technologies that connect financial institutions across the world. We noticed many CSP‘s which were dedicated primarily to the financial services industry with particular attention given to low-latency connectivity. The race to profit has also required that those doing Dev-Ops find the right balance between the cost of and the advantages created by Cloud usage.

As we walked the floor of the Conrad Hilton in Chicago, talking with both new and time tested technologies centered around the world of transactional connectivity, it became apparent that most everyone sees the cloud as moving to something like a commodity, or better yet, a utility. That being the case many also share the view that cloud computing should be priced like a utility. As their company names indicate, entities like QuantConnect, Quantiacs, and CloudQuant all have tapped the power of the cloud and open source software. I had some fascinating conversations with attendees when explaining the UCX model and explained the aggregation of cloud services on a single platform for cost comparison and easy acquisition. Almost everyone can get behind saved time and lowered cost.

Of particular interest to me and the rest of the UCX team was the innovators pavilion, which showcases some of the most bleeding-edge technologies. Last year, UCX was pleased to be invited to the innovators pavilion. This year the FIA did not disappoint with new technologies ranging from hardware to AI. The winner this year was Tellus Labs a company dedicated to machine learning and the world of Artificial Intelligence.

Aside from industry leaders talking about the changing regulatory environment for trading, the most interesting presentations was one on cryptocurrencies and the effect blockchain will have on the current payments structure. As the discussion, which was one of the most popular ones at the conference, progressed, the one thing that everyone seemed to agree on was the power of block chain is only available because of present day cloud infrastructure. Another high point of the show was when Bobby Cho from Cumberland Mining (a DRW company) talked about escalating cloud services expenses as a component of overall IT spends.

Yes Bobby, there are many of us that agree with you. It time to put a spotlight on ways to purchase cloud services less expensively and more efficiently. I might have a guy for that..