The Building Blocks of Tech in Finance

Deep dive into the various technology innovations of the financial services from AI and Blockchain to Cloud Computing.

About the course

This course explores the why, what and how of technologies in financial services. You will acquire a foundational understanding of technological innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, API, Blockchain and Cloud Computing and how they are being used in the financial sector via practical examples and case studies. The course will also discuss the main drivers behind this transformation and why all finance professionals should embrace and leverage this opportunity.
Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 60mins

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The expert you’ll be learning from

Alessandro Di Lullo

Co-Founder, SuperCharger Ventures
Alessandro Di Lullo is the Co-Founder of SuperCharger Ventures, a company which helps great entrepreneurs change the way education works. Academically, Alessandro is a PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong and Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, specializing in the areas of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and Monetary Policy. He is currently teaching the first Fintech & Entrepreneurial Finance course at EDHEC Business School. Previously, Alessandro was Director of Academia & Entrepreneurship at CFTE and led transformational projects in Europe, MENA and APAC.

Course Content

In 2017, Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO at the time, stated “We are a technology firm. We are a platform.” Various technologies have been used in finance since we could all possibly remember. So, why is technology in finance is so important today? This chapter explores the driving forces of this phenomenon and why all finance professionals are impacted and why everyone should care about it and act on it.
As the volume and variety of data institutions have to manage grows exponentially, they can use new technologies such as cloud computing and APIs to streamline their operations and offer new value propositions that leverage their massive repositories of data. In this chapter you will understand key elements of these technologies and how they can fundamentally change the way businesses operate.
AI has the potential of completely reshaping finance as we know it and while that may seem as a prediction, the reality is that it is already being applied in every vertical of financial services, powering new entrants and innovative institutions to take the lead with new business models, products and services. This chapter gives you an understanding of Artificial Intelligence, from its technologies such as Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to initiatives implemented by different different players deploying AI technologies.
Blockchain and Crypto are two of the hottest topics in financial services, holding the promise to create more efficient and equitable processes, and organisations are finally recognising applications of these technologies across several verticals. In this chapter, you will learn the building blocks of blockchain technology and its key applications in finance.
In conclusion, technology in finance is crucial in today’s world due to its ability to streamline operations, leverage data, and enable new value propositions. Through the use of technologies such as cloud computing, APIs, artificial intelligence, and blockchain, financial institutions are able to innovate and stay competitive in an increasingly digital landscape. It is important for finance professionals to understand the driving forces behind these technologies and their potential impact on the industry. By learning about and utilising these technologies, professionals can stay up-to-date with the latest developments in finance and position themselves for success in the future.

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Disruptive technologies and innovations don’t come on their own. They bring significant transformations and challenges both in terms of culture, people, jobs, environment and governance. Therefore we believe these topics can’t be separated from one another. 

The courses offered on THINK have slightly different approaches to the topics. You’ll find evergreen foundational-level courses which will help you get a good understanding without any prior knowledge, but you’ll also find courses that explore the players in the respective ecosystems, courses that explore the regulations of a certain field and even courses that dive deep into specific companies’ way of operating!

THINK is meant for all those professionals who want to be kept up to date with the latest developments in these fields, but don’t necessarily have the time to go through countless articles or newspapers.

Technology is deeply transforming the way financial institutions do business and manage operations. Understanding these shifts will allow you to benefit from them, and not miss out on any potential opportunities for you and your organisation.

Users and customers nowadays are more aware than ever about the environmental and social impact of their choices, as a consequence companies are putting more attention on these topics even at the cost of reduced financial performances.

Digital Assets, Blockchain, Decentralisation and Web3 are still in a very early stage. They may reshape and revolutionise our current business models, therefore we believe it’s worth  paying special attention to the innovations they bring to the table.

Understanding how technology works, its potential and its limitations is essential to properly embrace it and leverage it. Even non-technical professionals need to get a comprehensive understanding of these tools, as they will have an increasingly important role in our lives.

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