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In an extraordinary achievement that attracted over 1,000 delegates and well over 20,000 views, A-Team Group’s debut Virtual Data Management Summit went live last week to showcase the most cutting-edge content from an industry that has shown itself to be both resilient and responsive to the unique challenges presented by the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Focusing on the growing shift between defensive to offensive data management strategies, the three-day event welcomed senior industry experts, top-tier sponsors and leading industry practitioners to discuss the most pertinent challenges, opportunities and issues facing the financial services industry today.

With everyone in the process of adapting to a whole new way of working, the enthusiastic response and exceptional engagement stands as a testament to the versatility and flexibility of the industry, and we wish to extend our most sincere thanks to all who supported us throughout the event, making it one of our most successful ever even in the midst of lockdown.

The event centred on how to align data and business strategy to drive revenue optimisation and operational efficiency, bringing together experts from top financial institutions, solutions providers and consultancies to lead discussions the best method of striking a balance between data defence and data offence to achieve trust and value – and how to create a new framework for data quality and data governance that is truly business-focused.

Consideration was given to the problem of data silos and data volumes and the need for a common language in the form of business-aligned data models. Further analysis included the role of AI, ML and NLP to increase automation and efficiency and how to turn data lineage from a regulatory response into a business advantage.

Special attention was given to managing risk, regulation and reporting, particularly during these unique circumstances, as well as how new technologies, such as the cloud, can create new capabilities for the business. The unique virtual event was rounded out with discussions on embedding data ethics into data strategies and how DataOps can align data analytics, people, process and technology with the enterprise.

Distinguished speakers included AXA’s former Head of Data Services Edosa Odaro, HSBC’s GBM EMEA Chief Data Officer David Thomas, NatWest Markets’ Head of Data Sarah Walker, the Bank of England’s Chief Data Officer Oliver Burrows, HBSC’s Chief Data Officer, Compliance, Lorraine Waters, Lloyd’s Banking Group’s Head of Risk Angela Johnson De Wet, and many more.

We would also like to extend our most heartfelt appreciation to our pioneering sponsors SmartStream RDU, IHS Markit, the Derivatives Service Bureau (ANNA), CUSIP Global Services, AxiomSL, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, i-meta, Datactics, Asset Control, West Highland Support Services, Bureau Van Dijk, and THESIS, without whose confidence and support the success of this unique event would not have been possible.

Andrew Delaney, President and Chief Content Officer at A-Team Group, says: “A-Team Group listened to the needs of the industry with regards to the urgent need for collaboration and communication, particularly given the unique issues that the COVID-19 shutdown has presented. We are delighted to have delivered the top-notch content that the data management community has requested, and proud to be so far ahead of the curve when it comes to the scale, agility and quality of our virtual offering.”

If you were so unfortunate as to miss the main event, the industry-leading content can still be accessed for purchase and download here.

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