I'm Jon Knight
Banking Technology Transformation Consultant & Entrepreneur
- E-mail email@example.com
- Phone +44 7710 721449
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A results-driven entrepreneur, with extensive experience gained at all levels of business development and consultancy, specifically in the Capital Markets & Retail Banking domain. Proven track record of building a successful, sustainable business with leading clients. Strong background in enterprise application development and infrastructure architecture, coupled with extensive project management, service management and information security expertise.
How can I help?
Transforming legacy banking process & platforms through technology
With uncompetitive cost to income ratios, increased competition from established and new market entrants and a trail of failed previous initiatives behind them, the imperative for banks to transform has never been louder than it is today.
Having worked on numerous transformation initiatives, looking at both commercial and technological change from both vendor and bank perspectives, I have rare experience of what works and what doesn't; what yields tangible business results to satisfy both board and shareholders, and what pitfalls to avoid.
Vendor Partnership Transformation
Choosing the right partners and engagement model
With so many service providers, system integrators and consultancies jostling for your transformation budget, each with a "unique & differential proposition" how do you build and manage an ecosystem of co-operating partners to efficiently run the commodity functions of your business while you focus on what's differential?
How do you commercialise the bank's existing non-differential business functions as "assets", and make use of emerging market utilities?
How do you quantify the gap between Powerpoint and the commercial reality and contract?
Having led top commercial and technical teams for SI's during RFP responses, deal negotiation and delivery, I have a unique knowledge of where the weak points of a vendor proposition typically are, how to test for them, and how to commercially mitigate risk.
Bringing failing programmes back on track
It is a sad fact of banking "digitisation" that the majority of transformation programmes fail to deliver the results forecast in the original business case.
With vendors challenged to differentiate themselves in an increasingly commoditised market with "innovative next generation" deals, delivery of subsequent programmes involves more trail-blazing than either vendor or client expect.
Having remediated programme delivery for a number of large banks, I have a track record in pragmatically re-baselining and successfully concluding programmes to allow both the vendor and the client to partner in a positive outcome.
Key Achievements over last 5 years
cost savings identified
new business generated
Key Client Engagements
I was engaged by the Head of Commercial Strategy for Investment Banking to identify commercial options for strategic partnership across capital markets applications development, management & infrastructure, including workshops with the regional CIOs. The resulted in the bank signing a strategic partnership agreement with CSC with an innovative multi-deal commercial structure.
I ran a series of workshops involving senior bank & vendor applications, infrastructure, security & cloud SME’s to author agreed guidelines for the implementation of vendor-managed private cloud infrastructure within bank data-centres, with full integration with agreed service management processes.
Worked with UK-based investment operations team to build business case for implementation of DevOps on private cloud in shared data centres post separation. This engagement involved multiple stakeholder workshops in both London and Jo’burg with both technical and commercial modelling of the future state architecture. Specific focus was around vendor integration with existing bank processes and functions, pre multi-vendor RFP process.
Engaged by the Group Head of Commercial Transformation to look at innovative commercial options for generating bank revenue from non-core shared services and to re-use of the bank’s legacy infrastructure platform. I authored a white paper proposing the establishment a cross-bank technology marketplace commercialising existing bank assets, and partnering multiple vendors to deliver lower cost bank technology services to tier 2 and tier 3 banks & institutions.
Lead a multi-vendor consortium, tasked by the bank's Group Chief Operations & Technology Officer to deliver in-year O&T cost transformation for the Investment Bank. With a team of over 50 technology, commercial & sales SMEs, we built a detailed execution-grade business case that was signed off by the investment boards of Hitachi, CSC & HCL with a shared commitment to underwrite in excess of $1BN of cost savings over 5 years.
A Tier 1 Global Bank
US Vendor Programme Remediation - Programme Direction
Relocated to New York for 10 months at the personal request of the European IB CIO to rescue two challenged vendor application development programmes in the Prime Services business; a custody data warehouse and a new repo trading platform. After initial re-baselining of requirements & timelines, both projects were successfully delivered within original budget and with much praise from business users and clients alike.
Tier 1 Global Retail Bank
Dynamic Currency Conversion Business Case
Engaged by the bank to create business case and solution for new business, aggregating FX flow business to the bank through offering point-of-sales FX conversion to retail card merchants (DCC).
A Large European Retail Bank
Technology Cost Transformation
Engaged as BT’s banking technology lead in a consortium with Accenture & Microsoft to review & re-architecture of AIB’s retail bank’s operations and technology division, with a view to delivering an operating cost saving of 25% across the business. Architected a complete technology roadmap encompassing transformation across the business, from staff reduction and out-sourcing to technology refresh, applications and infrastructure consolidation.
A Central Bank
National Payments Platform Review & Remediation
Led a cross-discipline team engaged by the Governor of the Central Bank to provide a complete review of the National Payments System, with a view to addressing significant issues regarding security, scalability and resilience. Specific focus was given to delivering PCI-DSS v2 compliance, ISO 27001 compliance and ITIL version 3 compliance. The Transformation Programme includes projects delivering a new WAN in parallel with existing network, new firewall and network security infrastructure, out-of-band management and monitoring solutions, a new Windows server estate with hardware being implemented in 210 branches throughout the country, implementations of Service Management software and a professional services team of over 20 consultants and experts.
A Tier 1 Swiss Bank
Exchange Connectivity Review
Led a review of the bank's in-house exchange connectivity platform, based on C++ & Tibco SmartSockets, and providing connectivity to the banks’ 40 or so global trading venues. This review involved face-to-face interviews with key staff members in London and Singapore, as well as deep diving into specific areas of the platform such as application architecture & network configuration.
Tier 1 Global Retail Bank
Fixed Income Trading Platform Review
Conducted a review of the bank's Fixed Income trading infrastructure, focusing on analysing network latency issues, the location of network connections and exchanges gateways, and support escalation processes between regional network support teams. Recommendations were made to the client, and have subsequently been implemented.
Global Asset Manager
Global Investment Systems Platform
Led the implementation of a multi-million Euro project to implement a new portfolio management suite as part of the firm's Global Investment Systems project. The project was completed within extremely aggressive timescales, with initial go-live completed less than 6 months after project initiation, a record for successful LatentZero implementation.
Global Client Partner
UK Head of Banking & Financial Markets Consulting
UK Head of Financial Markets Consulting
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Feel free to contact me
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- Phone +44 (0) 7710 721449
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- Address Ropley, Hampshire, United Kingdom