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How goal-based advice combined with a realistic risk framework helps wealth managers grow their business and reduce risks

We believe that goal-based advice is superior to any other form of investment advice as clients always have financial goals. All clients have at least one goal in mind when they invest, even if they only want to increase their wealth or minimise losses. This type of investment advice requires a realistic risk framework which enables accurate wealth projections and a superior user experience.

Todays’ advisory processes rely mostly on outdated, single-period risk frameworks: take the example of Markowitz, a methodology from mid-last century and yet widely used in investment management.

The basic assumption of this methodology is that returns are normally distributed and that the expected returns do not change over time. Most wealth managers still use conventional single-period risk frameworks like Markowitz although it has been proven empirically that returns are not normally distributed: one proof is that capital markets have had higher losses than gains in the past. Negative returns have been observed both in greater magnitude and with a higher probability compared to the ones implied by normally distributed returns (so-called ‘Fat’ Tails).

This mismatch results in a significant liability risk of the wealth manager: all investment portfolios derived from conventional risk frameworks consequently carry a higher downside risk than projected.

Additionally, conventional risk frameworks do not include the clients’ financial goals, savings or liabilities which are all needed for professional financial and wealth planning. Hence, a sound wealth development cannot be forecasted considering the clients’ financial goals. Further, key wealth parameters like inflation cannot be integrated into the wealth forecast, aggravating the above outlined liability risk of the wealth manager.

To overcome this, wealth managers need a risk framework which is realistic and generates investment recommendations that best fit to the individual situation of the client. Therefore, a multi-period stochastic optimisation risk framework should be used: it simulates wealth development based on the clients’ financial goals accurately and mitigates the liability risk for the wealth manager.

With a multi-period risk framework, a goal-based advisory solution can also be significantly improved: the ideal goal-based advisory solution is responsive (reacting to changes instantly), holistic, individual, and includes the wealth manager’s specific market view. Some of that functionality is enabled by the multi-period risk framework:

Register to our Webinar to find out more and how your advisors can be supported through our solution to grow their business, both from existing or new clients.

Author:

Marc Mettler, Head of Business Development, 3rd-eyes AG

Email: marc.mettler@3rd-eyes.com

LinkedIn: https://ch.linkedin.com/company/3rd-eyes

Web: www.3rd-eyes.com

Join Marc Mettler on a webinar entitled ‘How Digital Wealth Planning can Help Your Financial Institution Grow AuM and Revenue‘ by 3rd-eyes on 7th March at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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Spotlight Interview with Marc Mettler, Head Business Development, 3rd-eyes

A conversation with Marc Mettler, Head Business Development at 3rd-eyes

Marc Mettler – Head Business Development, 3rd-eyes

Marc is an Executive with 18 years of transformation experience in the Wealth Management industry with a focus on Advisory Processes, Strategic Pricing and Offering Management, Business & Operating Model Design. As a result of the programmes and projects he led across the globe, he understands the challenges of the wealth management industry in detail.

He joined 3rd-eyes beginning of 2018 as Managing Partner, being responsible for Strategic Business Development, Sales and Marketing.

 

BRW: What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

All wealth managers are eager to grow but few take advantage of novel solutions which facilitate this. We will demonstrate how clients can be motivated to disclose their entire wealth information during a meeting, supporting cross-selling and increasing the share of wallet.
Further, we will show that standardisation as efficiency measure of the past is no longer justified: today, solutions are available which can cope with individual situations in a fully automated way. So, standardisation is no longer the pre-requisite for cost savings.
Last, we will show how personal beliefs of clients can be leveraged to motivate them to invest into actively managed products instead of ETFs.

BRW: What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

The most important thing for me is interaction during the session. So please feel free to ask any question you may have.

BRW: What do you enjoy most about your role?

Learning remains key: My role comes with a completely new challenge content- and environment-wise: Before I joined 3rd-eyes, I was initiating and executing programmes in a corporate environment. Now, I am responsible for Business Development, Sales and Marketing, not being a specialist in all those roles, and this in an entrepreneurial environment.
I can leverage my strengths: 18 years of transformation experience in Wealth Management supports me perfectly to advise prospects and clients going through the transformation.

BRW: How did you get into the industry?

Wealth Management has been my focus for a long time: my plan has always been to move into a bank after a couple of years as management consultant. After some stops at Credit Suisse, UBS, and after nine exciting years at Julius Bär in various global roles, I decided beginning 2017 to pursue a new challenge in a more entrepreneurial role. I remained with Julius Bär until end of the year to finalise the programme I led at the time, and got in touch with 3rd-eyes during my termination period. This was the perfect match for me: a professional FinTech with a senior management team, driving innovation in Wealth Management. So, I joined 3rd-eyes first as BoD member and later in my operational role.

BRW: Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I was lucky to have seen many places around the world which I really liked a lot. But living with my family in Switzerland is really perfect.

Join Marc Mettler on a webinar entitled ‘How Digital Wealth Planning can Help Your Financial Institution Grow AuM and Revenue‘ by 3rd-eyes on 7th March at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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The Business of Cyber-Crime – How Financial Firms Can Keep Pace in the AI Arms Race

Again and again, Hollywood has painted an identical picture of the garden-variety hacker: a twentysomething lone wolf, wearing a dark hoodie, sitting in his mother’s basement, perhaps trying to break into a celebrity’s Twitter account. The unfortunate reality, however, is that today’s hackers are far more organized and far less benign than this TV image suggests. Much like a lawful business, modern cyber-criminals treat their work as a profession, their budgets are well-defined, and most are in it for the money. It is therefore little surprise that the financial services industry — which manages trillions of dollars across complex digital infrastructures — has long represented the holy grail for these sophisticated criminals.

Breaking the Bank

Of course, big banks and leading insurers have come to understand the severity of the threats they face online. In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the financial services industry suffered the highest volume of cyber security incidents among all economic sectors, with European banks in particular facing an average of 85 serious attempted breaches. But while many financial companies have responded by investing heavily in conventional cyber defenses, criminals are constantly generating never-before-seen attacks designed to bypass these traditional security tools, which rely on rules and signatures capable of spotting just previously known threats. The resulting cat-and-mouse game — wherein such tools are updated to detect the latest exploit, only to be compromised again by the next attack — has proven disastrous. Cyber-crime cost the financial industry $18 million per firm in 2017, while producing losses of $600 billion for the world overall.

To make matters worse, experts anticipate that AI-charged malware will soon be witnessed in the wild, a development which promises to transform this already damaging cat-and-mouse game into a full-blown AI arms race. By viewing cyber-crime as the quasi-business that it is today, the rationale for incorporating ‘narrow’ AI elements into cyber-attacks becomes eminently clear. As with legitimate corporations across all industries, such AI could allow online threat actors to automate tasks, reach more prospective targets, and improve their criminal ‘conversation rates,’ with the ultimate effect of saving time and increasing profits. And most menacingly, this kind of ‘smart’ malware will make quick work of the weak link in any company’s cyber defenses — its employees. With that in mind, here’s what an AI-powered cyber-attack on a major bank could look like:

Accessing the Virtual Vault

The devastating AI attack begins, innocently enough, with a single email. However, as a stealthier variant of the familiar phishing email, this ‘spear phishing’ email has been crafted specifically to deceive a top executive at one of the largest banks on Wall Street. Often generated using reconnaissance from social media, spear phishing campaigns are labor-intensive and costly — 20 times more expensive, in fact, than an ordinary phishing campaign. Yet thanks to their personalized nature, spear phishing is remarkably effective, producing 40 times the return of their boilerplate counterparts. And this particular email, ostensibly written by the company’s CMO regarding the launch of the bank’s newest ad, was actually authored by an AI toolkit that had learned to mimic the CMO’s writing style by observing her tweets. Indeed, a 2016 experiment proved that AI could already create these emails just as effectively as humans but eight times faster, a capability which is rapidly improving.

Having been successfully duped by the email, the unsuspecting executive downloads its attachment and infects his computer with a never-before-seen strain of malware, whose novelty enables it to bypass the bank’s impressive array of signature-based security tools. The AI-equipped malware bides its time, sitting passively on the computer for several days to gain an understanding of the executive’s typical online behavior. It then searches for vulnerabilities in the bank’s network by scanning only those devices with which the executive normally communicates, thus lowering the chance of the scan being flagged. Throughout this process, the malware leverages contextualization to blend into the computer’s baseline operations, adapting its behavior on the fly to avoid setting off any alarms.

After finding the most vulnerable attack vector, the malware proceeds to infiltrate the bank’s private network using its own ‘agency,’ rather than ‘phoning home’ to the criminals for new instructions. And once inside the network, it proceeds to syphon off electronic funds to an offshore bank account. These transfers occur over the course of several weeks in relatively small quantities each time, with the malware having learned to emulate the timing and size of the fees that the bank already pays to its third-party consultants and corporate partners. At every turn, AI facilitates the criminals in preserving their anonymity, in increasing the attack’s subtlety, and ultimately, in committing a highly lucrative crime.

Winning the Arms Race

Advancements in artificial intelligence have spawned formerly unimaginable innovations across the globe, and from chess to multiplication to reading comprehension, machines are increasingly able to exceed the limitations of their human engineers. Yet the double-edged sword of technological progress means that malicious actors have begun to exploit this ability: employing machine learning algorithms to wage both physical and cyber warfare unlike anything ever witnessed. To address such challenges, the only path forward is with AI itself.

Unlike human professionals, artificially intelligent cyber defenses can spot the minute differences between genuine employee behavior and nefarious AI mimicry at each stage of the cyber-attack lifecycle, from the initial spear phishing email to the concluding exfiltration attempt. Moreover, these AI security tools need not rely on rules and signatures to predefine tomorrow’s cyber-attack based on yesterday’s threats, allowing them to detect previously unknown exploits that traditional tools miss. As the business of cyber-crime pushes the envelope with more and more sophisticated attacks, it is incumbent upon the financial sector to respond by staying one step ahead in the AI arms race.

Learn how to defend your network in our upcoming webinar:
The Future of AI-Powered Cyber Defense for Financial Institutions

In the webinar, security industry expert Max Heinemeyer will analyze the most sophisticated cyber-threats of 2018, including insider attacks and fast-acting ransomware. The webinar will also outline expectations for 2019’s threat landscape, specifically as it pertains to the financial services sector, and detail how cyber AI tools have finally returned the defensive advantage to organizations around the globe.

Webinar Details:

Date: Thursday, January 17.

Time: 10:00 a.m. EST (New York) / 3 p.m. GMT (London)

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How AI Cyber Defenses are Fighting The Next Generation of Bank Robbers

Perhaps the most quintessential crime of them all, in-person bank robberies have become all but a thing of the past. At the same time, cyber-crime cost the average financial services company more than $18 million last year, meaning that this year, the greatest threats to the industry will undoubtedly be found online.

An Evolving Adversary

According to the FBI, the number of annual U.S. bank heists has fallen 60% over the past quarter century, despite significant population growth. The amount of money stolen in these heists, meanwhile, has declined by almost two-thirds since just 2003, even as financial institutions’ assets doubled during that span. Indeed, the typical bank robbery now nets a mere $6,500 for its perpetrators, who are subsequently apprehended at a historically unprecedented rate. The truth is that risking decades of imprisonment for a couple months’ rent simply isn’t worth it.

Smart criminals know these facts and are staying home, with many earning higher incomes than ever before by stealing encryption keys rather than physical ones. In 2018, for the second consecutive year, financial services firms suffered the highest volume of cyber security incidents among all economic sectors, with European banks facing an average of 85 serious breach attempts in just the last 12 months. And while banks and insurers have responded by investing in high maturity security systems, these systems are largely predicated on the traditional approach to cyber defense, which has been antiquated by fundamental shifts in the nature of the cyber-attack.

One such shift is the rise of insider threats, which now account for 74% of all business cyber security incidents. Malicious employees have the advantage of familiarity with the networks and information they manipulate, while their credentials allow them to exfiltrate the most lucrative data without raising red flags. Another critical development in the cyber threat landscape has been the dramatic increase in the speed of cyber-attacks: modern strains of ransomware, for instance, can encrypt an entire network in less than a minute. The reality is that human incident responders cannot counter such fast-acting threats on their own; in fact, the mean time that financial services companies take to detect a security breach is 59 days. And most critically, cyber-criminals today are constantly innovating their tactics to bypass traditional security tools, which use rules and signatures to spot the threats of the past.

A New Era of Cyber Defense

 To counter tomorrow’s unforeseeable, machine-speed threats, companies must go beyond yesterday’s security systems by embracing an innovative approach, one that finally gives their security teams a fighting chance. As the first ever autonomous response tool on the market, Darktrace Antigena is that innovative approach — leveraging artificial intelligence to halt in-progress cyber-attacks within two seconds. Trusted by many of the world’s largest financial companies, Darktrace learns an individual ‘pattern of life’ for each user, device, and network, a sense of ‘self’ that constantly changes as organizations evolve and grow. This ability to differentiate between normal and abnormal behavior allows Antigena to contain both insider threats and never-before-seen attacks, each of which tend to elude conventional tools. And by restricting compromised devices to their typical pattern of life, Antigena can surgically intervene without interrupting business operations.

Antigena has proven capable of parrying highly subtle and fast-acting threats, wherever they originate. During the devastating WannaCry epidemic in 2017, Darktrace detected and neutralized the advanced ransomware strain on behalf of several customers, including an NHS agency. AXA, one of the world’s largest insurers and another Darktrace customer, uses Antigena to guard against increasingly automated cyber-threats. “We’re not being attacked by human beings anymore,” said Yorck Reuber, AXA’s Chief Technology Officer for North Europe. “Computers are attacking us, software is attacking us, and so the only way forward is using AI to protect ourselves.”

In our upcoming webinar, a security industry expert will analyze the most sophisticated cyber-threats of 2018, including insider attacks and ransomware witnessed in the wild. The webinar will also outline expectations for 2019’s threat landscape, specifically as it pertains to the financial services sector, and detail how cyber AI tools like Darktrace Antigena are helping organizations defeat the next generation of bank robbers.

Learn more about AI autonomous response in our webinar:

The Future of AI-Powered Cyber Defense for Financial Institutions

Date: Thursday, January 17

Time: 10:00 a.m. EST (New York) / 3 p.m. GMT (London)

Presenter: Max Heinemeyer, Director of Threat Hunting at Darktrace

Max is a leading cyber defense expert who specializes in offensive security. At Darktrace, he works with customers to help them respond to advanced and innovative threats. Prior to his current role, Max led the Threat and Vulnerability Management department for Hewlett-Packard in Central Europe.

Spotlight Interview – With James Sokolowski – Ph.D.,- Tessella

A Conversation with James Sokolowski – Ph.D.,  Principal Consultant – Analytics Solutions at Tessella

Jim currently directs Tessella’s analytics solutions, manages the company’s operations in Houston, and acts as technical lead for Tessella’s most complex and strategically important analytics projects. Jim has produced patentable intellectual property across multiple domains supporting military, intelligence, other federal, state, and local government, as well as an incredible diversity of commercial customer segments. Jim’s unique skill set enables him to produce the most cost-effective solutions in new and challenging environments where out-of-the-box problem solving is essential.

BRW: What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

The key takeaways are that AI is in fact complex, without any easy answers, but this doesn’t imply that successful AI implementations are impossible or even cost ineffective to develop.  AI success requires respecting the complexity, watching for all possible failure modes, and using sound development techniques.  We will cover these topics in detail.

BRW: What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

My favorite discussions center around two main points.  First, ‘what can I learn from other industries’ and the second revolves around fundamental and conceptual aspects of AI, machine learning, and analytics in general.  Both these approaches show folks are considering the basics, which is the best and most important starting point.

BRW: What do you enjoy most about your role?

I absolutely love listening to folks discuss their business problems.  The opportunity to absorb inputs, and synthesize a bigger-picture solution to extremely complex problems always starts with the underlying business issues and motivations.

BRW: How did you get into the industry?

With my training as a physicist, astronomer, and astrophysicist, working with the craziest data has been part of my work.  This also led to a focus on what I call the ‘capabilities and limitations’ of data, so that one can hope to craft an optimal data processing and analytics chain to extract critical business information.  I started my own consulting company more than twenty years ago and learned AI & ML as these tools became available and necessary for my work, and now with Tessella the breadth and sophistication of the challenges just continues to grow.

BRW: Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

I absolutely love everything about Texas.  The people are warm, friendly, self-reliant, and very much common sense.  The ecosystems offer everything from mountains and deserts to pine forests and year-round warm weather.  In Houston, I can be active year-round windsurfing, kiteboarding, and competing at disk golf so that helps me stay healthy and engaged.

Join James Sokolowski on a webinar entitled Delivering Business Value from Machine Learning and Analytics by Tesella on 27th Februuary at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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Delivering Business Value from Machine Learning and Analytics: Lessons Learned from Real-World Successes

With the proliferation of business data in every market sector we see parallel advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and general analytics. Successfully getting business value out of these techniques has become a complex affair. This isn’t meant to discourage potential users but really to alert them to potential pitfalls where too many avenues hope to capture customers by offering easy, fast, cheap, and out-of-the-box solutions. Simply put, the complexity of business data and the AI, ML, and analytics techniques needed to squeeze valuable and cost-effective information from it requires an upfront respect for the complexity of the task and a series of techniques and approaches to allow the best chance for successful business implementations of these critical technologies.

At Tessella, we’ve been in the data science and analytics business for nearly forty years – long before these became cool buzzwords. With that experience, we have developed a series of very successful techniques for pulling off the most complex and sophisticated analytics campaigns.  We’ve also seen projects that went down roads that proved anywhere from less-than-fully-successful to downright disastrous and we’ve seen many commonalities inherent within these failed approaches.

It’s this composite collection of do’s and don’t’s that I’ll cover in my webinar as lessons learned from real-world success. I’ll begin with the best starting point possible, which is to have a well-defined business problem that you’re trying to get the data to answer for you. This is far more effective than the opposite question of ‘what can the data do,’ which is too open-ended and not likely to generate optimal and cost-effective business answers. After the beginning, I’ll dive into what the underlying nature of AI, ML, and analytics techniques and algorithms actually are. I won’t do this to teach complex mathematics, but to show the underlying complexity and hopefully instill respect for the power of these things to do good – and harm if not properly handled.

Next, with an understanding of what analytics is – and isn’t – I’ll discuss in detail various techniques that we have developed at Tessella that help us achieve consistent success on the widest array of analytics challenges. The key aspect of these techniques is that we’ve learned them by doing and succeeding, and we also see that other successful practitioners are adopting very similar approaches.  The upshot of this is, while I can’t prove our approaches are correct, the collective wisdom of success indicates there is something very fundamental here that is best not ignored.

Toward the end of the webinar, I’ll take a look at some of the most common misconceptions folks have with respect to AI, ML, and analytics and the methods employed that regularly lead to failure, wasted time and money, as well as folks updating their resumes. I’m convinced that by showing how analytics is best done and looking at common mistakes the audience can come away with a much better chance of truly extracting business critical information from the flood of data that is hitting every business in every market in this data-inundated world. I hope this webinar enables the audience to get maximum value from their data and to compete effectively with the digital natives bringing innovative data-driven products and services to market.

Join Tessella on a webinar entitled Delivering Business Value from Machine Learning and Analytics on 27th Februuary at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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Inkjet printing of food and pharmaceuticals

From the introduction of date coding onto eggs to the digital images adorning today’s birthday cakes, printing onto food and pharmaceutical products has long been established. There are now thousands of food and pharmaceutical items printed every day!

What can adopting digital printing do for your business?

Much of the printing you see on food items is single colour, low quality print.  Digital printing can revolutionize the concept of promotion or tracking of consumer food and pharmaceutical products.  Inkjet is an ideal printing process to embrace consumers demand personalization and differentiation of products.  As a non-contact process, there is no risk of damaging potentially delicate products such as cookies and chips whilst there is no limit on the realization of creative and colourful design.  The options are effectively unlimited with the cost per piece of a single unit equivalent to multiple thousands of the same design.  This ability to print variable data and short runs in a cost effective way opens up new possibilities in brand promotion and country versioning as well as the potential to track individual items with a unique code.

Whilst this technology allows brands to offer exclusive promotional opportunities, there are also questions of legislation and traceability of consumer products.  As the industry for printed foods and pharmaceuticals grows, so do the risks from micro contamination, heavy metals, pathogens or adulteration. These can affect consumers and businesses alike, leading to recalls or worse. There are more and more digital inks available today from all over the world, and protecting your brand and business by using safe and assured materials should be a primary concern.

So the question is, if you do not know exactly where the inks are being manufactured and packaged, how do you know what is in them?

Learn more at our upcoming webinar.

Assured supply key to the future

To overcome these challenges it is important to understand the source of all ingredients used to make the inks and to ensure rigorous testing for contamination.  This does not just stop with the materials in the inks but also in the processing equipment and packaging.

As a global leader in the development and production of colorants for the food and pharmaceutical industries, Sensient® is often recognized as the trusted brand behind our customers’ brands. With a strong heritage in delivering innovative, high-quality digital inks for a range of industrial applications, we have the cross-industry expertise to understand the needs of markets and customers, from materials, to the digital print process, to maximizing performance and gaining value in the supply chain. Sensient® food colorants and digital inks are manufactured in FDA- and GMP-certified facilities, so we have extensive experience with the product safety and regulatory requirements needed to be compliant with food and pharmaceutical standards.  We have even taken our standards one-step further by designing our own assurance plan

To understand more about Sensient and how our knowledge of inkjet combined with experience in food and pharmaceutical colorants can benefit your business, we would love to have you join our webinar where attendees will learn about how inkjet printing can work for them and how Sensient offers assurance for you and your customers.

 

Title: Inkjet Printing of Edible Inks

Date: Wednesday, November 28     

Time:  10:00 a.m. EST (GMT-4) / 3PM London

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Spotlight Interview – With Simon Daplyn and Adam Stack- Sensient Imaging Technologies

Simon Daplyn, Marketing Manager

Dr Simon Daplyn Joined Sensient 2015 as part of their acquisition of Xennia Technology Ltd and is the Marketing Manager for the digital inks group. Simon has experience in development of digital inks and processes, commercial implementation and direct sales across a number of applications and industries.

Adam Stack, Product Manager

Adam Stack joined Sensient in 2015 as a Product Manager, with responsibilities for Product and Marketing Management for the Digital Inks team. Adam has experience implementing and executing product commercialization, marketing communications initiatives, as well as creation and launch of Sensient’s assurance plan for Edible inks.

BRW: What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

We hope that by the end of the webinar the audience will have a better understanding of inkjet printing and the potential benefits it can offer within the food and pharmaceutical industry.  Additionally we would like to express the work done by Sensient in our manufacturing and supply chain management to mitigate any risks that could affect brand reputation.  Printing onto edible products is a complex balance of chemistry that is fit for purpose and fit for consumption.

BRW: What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

We look forward to understanding more about the role printing plays or could play in their business to increase consumer interaction and safety.

BRW: What do you enjoy most about your role?

SD – The inkjet industry is dynamically evolving with countless areas of potential.  Understanding new markets and the potential benefits of our technology is an exciting prospect.  Being able to influence product development strategies and shape the future technologies of Sensient and our partners is something we really enjoy.

AS – Every day we are learning about the development and application of inkjet across a range of industrial applications.  Getting below the surface to identify the key details that matter most to the market and matching their needs technically and commercially is what really drives us.

BRW: How did you get into the industry?

SD – I am a chemist by training and after completing a degree in colour and polymer chemistry from the University of Leeds in the UK, I studied further for a PhD in inkjet printing.  From that point, there has been no turning back.  I joined a start-up inkjet development company in 2004 and moved to a leading integrator of digital printing, Xennia Technology in 2008 where is was responsible for managing complex ink development projects for industrial clients.  I transitioned to a commercial role in 2012 before Sensient acquired Xennia in 2015.  I now manage the marketing output of the Inks Group and often talk at conferences and training seminars to share our knowledge in inkjet science.

AS – I really got into this industry when I joined Sensient in 2015.  I was an experienced Product manager looking for a new challenge and this industry has provided just that.  I have been able to take on board an understanding of inkjet as a printing process whilst focussing on key markets and technologies such as edible inks and their application.

BRW: Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

SD – I have been very lucky to travel to many parts of the world whilst doing this job.  All have opened my eyes to new cultures and experiences that will last a lifetime.  There is always the pull of home though and for me the mountains and coastline of Wales where I grew up will always be my favourite place.

 

Join Simon Daplyn and Adam Stack  on a webinar entitled Inkjet Printing of Edible Inks by Sensient Imaging Technologies on 28th November at 3PM London/11AM New York

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SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH PERRY KRUG – ARCHITECT – COUCHBASE

Perry Krug,
Architect, Office of the CTO

Perry Krug is an Architect in the office of the CTO and general customer advocate for Couchbase. Perry has worked with hundreds of users and companies to deploy, manage and maintain their installations of Couchbase’s NoSQL database technology, ranging from single-node deployments to large-scale clusters with billions of records. Perry is the conduit between customers and the engineering team, providing the much-needed flow of communication for both sides to work efficiently. He has been with Couchbase for over 8 years and has been working with high performance caching and database systems for over 12.

What do you hope attendees will gain at your event/s?

Attendees should walk away with a better understanding of why, where and how to leverage the Couchbase NoSQL database as both a caching layer and system of record.

 

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

Looking forward to having practical and hands-on discussions about the problems they are trying to solve and how to understand whether Couchbase would be able to help.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I am a technical conduit between our customers and engineering, my favourite part is translating needs into reality in both directions.

 

How did you get into the industry?

I was originally a computer science major with a focus on Network Engineering and found my way to Couchbase through a chain of technologies that included data migration, NFS caching, memcached and eventually NoSQL.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

London.  The energy and culture is unparalleled in the world.

 

Join Perry Krug on a webinar entitled Modernizing the Mainframe: Evolving Your Caching Layer Into a Source of Truth and System of Record by Couchbase on 20th November at 2PM New York / 11AM San Francisco.

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SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDIA SILVA – NEW PLATFORMS DIRECTOR – PROCAPS

A conversation with Claudia Silva, New Platforms Director at Procaps 

Senior researcher with experience on formulation, development and industrial transference for new products, integrates her background and expertise in rheology of natural hydrocolloids leading the Project Management on New Platforms for Research, Design and Development of new delivery systems and new pharmaceutical dosage forms, the evaluation of new materials, equipment and technologies as innovative proposals and the evaluation of gelatin substitutes for product development. 

BRW: What do you hope the audience will learn from this webinar?

At Procaps, we aim that this webinar can give the audience a close insight on vegetarian soft capsules, the options that are currently available, some features of the materials and the manufacturing process, the product development process and the differences in product performance as well as stability.

BRW: What discussions do you look forward to having with the audience?

We are looking forward to share experiences, assets and drawbacks as well as get to know the audience´s expectations when developing products under the vegetarian soft capsules platform.

BRW: What do you enjoy most about your role?

The most I enjoy about my role is that everyday there is something new to learn and there are always new challenges. I work with a team that makes results possible with commitment, enthusiasm and hard work.

BRW: How did you get into the industry?

After studying polymers abroad I returned to Colombia moving from the academy to the industry with the expectations of translating knowledge into solutions. At Procaps I’ve had the chance to do it based in its culture of innovation and transformation, working with challenging Projects and new technologies.

BRW: Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

My favorite places are the ones that I’ve had the chance to live in detail. Living in Barranquilla 5 years now, I can say that the city has experienced many positive changes about infrastructure and investment. It is my second home and it is one of my favorite places because it is always sunny, warm, quiet but changing.

Abroad, Santiago de Compostela, Spain where I studied is a charming place with history, many cultural activities and a universitary lifestyle that brings to me great memories. It is a place for enjoy and coming back always.

Join Claudia Silva on a webinar entitled Vegetarian Soft Capsules: Unlocking the Power of a Versatile Technology by Procaps on 26th November at 3PM London/10AM New York.

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