IDC & HCL Executive Dinner - London | HCLTech

IDC & HCL Executive Dinner - London


Cognitive solutions and machine learning are turning traditional analytical solutions and increasingly complex, manual processes obsolete. IDC believes that the ability to harness cognitive analytics will be a key differentiator that will determine success or failure in the future. We can no longer imagine business without data, but we can't yet imagine what that data can tell us. This may be exactly what cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems offer.

Every major financial institution in the UK and Northern Europe has announced their push for the cognitive and AI era. We have seen first rollouts of automated channels, initiatives to leverage machine learning to fight cybercrime and fraud, compliance automation, as well as slowly moving towards realtime, dynamic and personalised marketing.

This exclusive roundtable dinner, co-hosted by IDC and HCLTech on Thursday 22nd March at the Hotel Andaz, London, will bring together a select group of senior IT executives from the finance sector to discuss how to harness the power of artificial intelligence to better understand your clients and staff and defend against potential security attacks.


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Speaker: Thomas Zink, Associate Research Director for IDC Financial
Thomas Zink is an Associate Research Director for IDC Financial Insights and leads IDC’s European financial services research. Thomas core research coverage includes digital transformation in banking, retail payments, global transaction banking and wealth management.

For almost a decade Thomas has covered financial services in the Asia Pacific region for IDC and other research houses, before relocating to IDC Europe in 2016. Highlights of his work at IDC Asia Pacific include consulting engagements with financial institutions and IT vendors spanning go-to-market strategy, market sizing, technology roadmaps, vendor selection, RFPs, and feasibility studies to assess joint ventures.

Before that, Thomas was the content lead for Timetric in Asia Pacific serving as Asia correspondent for a series of trade publications including Private Banker International, Retail Banker International, and Cards International. During this time, he also built the research capability in Singapore focused primarily on wealth management research in Europe and Asia. Prior to that, Thomas led the retail banking research at The Asian Banker.

Speaker: Mani Nagasundaram, SVP & Head of Solutions for Financial Services at HCLTech
Mani Nagasundaram is SVP & Head of Solutions for Financial Services at HCLTech. He has held a number of positions over the years at HCLTech. Currently, he is responsible for building and developing unique solutions for financial services clients. As a part of his remit, he is focused on building propositions and capabilities around Legacy Modernization, Migration of Applications to the Cloud, Modern Application Development and Digital Applications across the Financial Services Portfolio. He is also responsible for driving the innovation agenda across FS through the creation of Co-Innovation Labs with key customers.

Prior to his current role, Mani managed the AD relationship with one of HCLTech’s largest customers globally growing the business multifold over a 8 year period. He has successfully managed the creation and operationalizing of shared services utilities for application management and testing on a larger scale for this customer in addition to building a portfolio of business comprising modern and digital applications.