Countdown to GDPR

September 07, 2017 Tom Murray

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Countdown to GDPR This article was originally commissioned for Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Magazine. Tom Murray looks at the importance of ensuring that life and pensions providers are ready to deal with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.
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For IT, are you “Penny wise – Pound foolish”?

June 20, 2013 Tom Murray

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The above saying comes to mind when you look at the IT systems approaches of a lot of major organisations. In particular, organisations distributing products in the financial services sector, as these tend to have large teams of advisers doing highly specific work with individual clients. As a result, they tend to have a lot of paperwork referring to individual cases, which is difficult to track and yet vital for each company in such a highly regulated market.
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Can you respond if your market erupts?

April 21, 2010 Tom Murray

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As I watched the new reports of the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull over the weekend, it struck me that there were lessons here for all businesses, not just the airline industry. The sudden and massive disruption to the airlines by forces outside man’s control, showed how powerless the companies were in the face of sudden change. All their contingency plans for terrorist strikes, industrial action, and fuel shortages were unable to cope with the one problem they had not considered; the complete shutdown of the airspace through which their planes have to fly.
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