May 17, 2020

JPMorgan Chase’s plans for digital transformation focus on blockchain, big data, and robotics

Digital Transformation
Digital Disruption
JPMorgan Chase
Blockchain
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Digital transformation and digital disruption in JPMorgan's strategy
The US financial institution, JP Morgan Chase, has previously announced plans to implement a digital transformation strategy.

According to a recent rep...

The US financial institution, JP Morgan Chase, has previously announced plans to implement a digital transformation strategy.

According to a recent report, the investment bank will focus on the use of blockchain technology, cloud computing, big data, and robotics.

The report is titled “Digital Transformation and Fintech Strategies of JPMorgan Chase” and was released by ResearchAndMarkets.com.

JPMorgan is doubling down on transforming its systems and expanding its digital capabilities so that it can leverage digital technologies to drive better digital offerings, services, experiences and value for its customers,” the press release reads.

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“As part of its digital transformation roadmap, JPMorgan explores, identifies, evaluates, invests, develops and implements new cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics.”

According to the frim, JPMorgan Chase has set aside US$10.8bn this year to be invested in technology.

From the allocated funding, $5bn will be specifically channelled towards Fintech spending.

The bank is prioritising technology as part of its digital disruption plan that aims to see the company maintain a competitive edge against rivals, such as Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp and Wells Fargo & Co.

JPMorgan Chase is also focusing on holding on to its market shares and revenue streams, with Fintech startups and non-financial companies, such as Amazon, proving themselves as competition.

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Aug 3, 2021

Future-tech and IXAfrica: Full Life Cycle Expertise

IX Africa
Future-tech
3 min
James Wilman, CEO of Future-tech, on working with IXAfrica on Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre project.

Future-tech is unique among data centre consultancies for a number of reasons. Not only does the Reading-based firm have high levels of expertise in markets ranging from Helsinki to Johannesburg, but Future-tech offers services across the complete life cycle of a facility. 

 “We are involved with projects from the initiation to completion,” explains James Wilman, Future-tech’s CEO. “We go from initiation phase - which could mean the site selection process or technical due diligence for a merger or acquisition - all the way through establishing the brief, the various design stages, construction oversight, commissioning, operation, end of life cycle replenishment, and can start right back at the beginning with refurbishment.”  

While some factors, like the facility requirements for major tenants, remain the same no matter where you are, Wilman explains that “it's the environmental conditions, construction methodologies, supply chain, and skill sets available in different locations that vary, and that makes this a very interesting job.” 

Future-tech was selected by IXAfrica as the life cycle design strategic partner for its hyperscale campus project in Nairobi, Kenya. Wilman explains that, over the past year, Future-tech has been leveraging its strong local knowledge, working closely with Kenyan architects and engineers, and collaborating with both Guy Wilner and Clement Martineau, to help IXAfrica successfully deliver Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre. 

“Future-tech did its first project on the African continent in 2012 in Kenya. I've been involved in the data centre space there for a long time, and have known Guy for a number of years through projects and interaction in Europe,” says Wilman. “As the IXAfrica project came into being, Guy and I spoke about it as he knew that we were already quite familiar with the area. We assisted out with the initial planning and project design, and the relationship really grew from there.” 

Wilman adds that the experience helping Future-tech support the IXAfrica project has been hard-won. “It's been a steep learning curve, figuring out how to work in Africa. Some of our earlier projects were quite challenging, but we're fortunate to be at a point now where working throughout the region feels really comfortable,” he explains. “One of the things about Nairobi - which we found out when we were working on our first project in the city back in 2012 - is that, because it's about 1,200 metres above sea level, the altitude actually de-rates the onsite equipment. Having your equipment perform less well because of the altitude can massively impact the whole facility.” Understanding the factors that define a local environment can be the difference between success and disaster for a data centre, and Future-tech’s extensive experience in Kenya is a key supporting factor for IXAfrica’s success in Nairobi. 

Wilman has also developed a strong collaborative relationship with Guy and Clement. “We've got over a gigawatt of design projects going through our office at the moment with different clients, which means that we're always learning new things. What is refreshing about working with Guy and Clement is that when we bring them a new idea, they listen to us,” says Wilman. “We've had a good run in Nairobi with IXAfrica built off of a long relationship, and I hope we get to continue working with them on their future projects.”  

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