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Best Practices Group for Automated Onboarding Now on LinkedIn

The investment banking industry has been pressed to improve business practices while reducing overall operating costs. In response to these constraints, an automated practice of onboarding and certifying electronic trading connections is growing in popularity. This automated process is able to:

• Reduce customer abandonment • Curb revenue losses • Lower fixed operational costs • Permit more concurrent onboarding, as customers are less dependent on interaction with an onboarding specialist.

Why isn’t everyone adopting this time- and money-saving technique? In order to gain insight into approaches for automating onboarding in the electronic trading industry, Lasalletech has launched an exclusive LinkedIn group, Automated Certification & Testing. This interactive community is for those interested in process automation. Here, participants can exchange ideas about best practices and industry trends. Part of the group is also dedicated to the launching of a virtual roundtable series. The roundtables will be held regularly, with industry experts weighing in on various onboarding-related topics. The first roundtable will be focused on automated testing for trading platforms and will be held in March.

Prior to creating the group there was not a forum dedicated to discussing topics around improving value and reducing operating costs through automating processes such as testing and certification. Most conversations took place at conferences and meetings with clients. This group provides the industry a way to quickly share ideas on automation from around the globe.

The new group will feature informative discussions and materials about automated onboarding and certification, as well as detailed information about upcoming events. Members are encouraged to participate in interactive conversations. The group also serves as a great networking and professional development tool for members to find users who share the same interest in the industry. Group members can share best practices and ideas with electronic trading industry professionals, creating a community of members who are highly interested in the development and implementation of automated onboarding and certification; providing an excellent forum in which participants can continue their productive and engaging discussions at any place, at any time.

To keep the conversation focused and free of spam the group will remain exclusive. If you would like to join the group, please contact automation@lasalletech.com or visit the group here.

More information on the roundtable will be available in the near future, so check back for updates.

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Apple iPod Nano Multi-Touch

Apple, who is well known to have amazed all the gadget crazy folks with its unique design and features that comes with each and every products that they offer has once again proved its might and dominance by launching yet another masterpiece of beauty i.e. the Apple iPod Nano Multi-Touch. This very sleek and lighter version of the iPod Nano carries some of the most awesome features which can can let you swing with the tunes of music simply with the touch of a fingertip. It has gone much smaller and lighter than its predecessors, yet retaining all the beauty and rich functionality that it is widely known for. At this time, when the iPod’s seemed to be overpowered by the existence of the mighty iPhone and iPad, the redefined version of the iPod Nano will definitely bring back its fame and popularity to reach new heights as it is likely to be globally acclaimed by many music enthusiastic and iPod admirers.

The new iPod Nano is blessed with the Multi-Touch feature which is the same that led to the great popularity of the iPhone, iPad and the iTouch which it has released so far. It has been redesigned to appear much squarer as opposed to the taller designs that it once used to bear in the previous releases and the buttons are also no more available. Instead, it now proudly wears a very cute 1.54″ touchscreen having a 240-by-240 pixel resolution which has the flavor much common to that of the iPhones or the iTouch. It now looks much more cute with lots of colors and the sleek anodized aluminum design which can be easily clipped into our sleeves, bag, or jacket using the built-in clip available with it.

The Apple iPod Nano (Multi Touch) also has an FM Radio, Voiceover, Genius mixes and Nike+ built into it. The OS is revamped to support the touch feature which lets you navigate by swiping and tapping with the finger tip. It also supports a 24 hour battery life which is quite considerable if not excellent. It is currently available in eight different colors and two size capacities of 8GB and 16GB. The former comes for a price of $149 while the later may cost you $179 respectively. The colors that are available for this product are grey, pink, blue, green, orange, charcoal, and Red.

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An Evangelist’s Concerns for Today’s Apple Keynote

Today, in roughly 3 hours (1:00pm EST) Apple will be hosting its big iPad unveiling in Cupertino. Due to numerous supply chain leaks as well as Apple’s own “accidental leak,” much is known about what will be announced. A new iPad Air and iPad mini will most likely be the highlight of the event with a slightly thinner design, a more advanced processor (being deemed the A8X chip), and long-awaited Touch ID amongst other run-of-the-mill marginal camera and display improvements. Alongside the new iPads we should expect to see a Retina iMac (personally most exciting), the launch of iOS 8.1 (with ApplePay), and OS X Yosemite. For the previously listed, I am confident they will make an appearance at today’s event.

There are a few other possibilities discussed on various rumor sites that may also get some airtime. These range from the more likely, such as more information on the previously teased “Photos” app that will be replacing both iPhoto and Aperture, to other longshots, such as a 12-inch “pro” version of the iPad or new 12-inch MacBooks.

Whatever does get announced, as an Apple evangelist (most people refer to me as a “fanboy,” but I much rather prefer the other term for reasons which won’t be listed here) I do have concerns for Apple. Apple has had a rough September/October with the iOS 8.0.1 botched update bricking 40,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, the overblown #bendgate scandal, the live-stream of the iPhone 6 announcement that was unwatchable, the late discovery of a critical flaw in HealthKit removing a big feature of the iOS 8 update right before its launch, and users being upset over the U2 album being automatically pushed to their Apple ID accounts. Despite this, Apple has had a wildly successful launch of the next generation iPhones and received a positive welcome by the general public to the teased Apple Watch. Today’s announcement can further Apple’s strength and push the month’s tribulations to the back burner.

My concerns for today’s keynote are as follows:

Will an evolutionary, already-expected update to iPad be enough to reignite otherwise slowing sales? When the iPad was first introduced in 2010, iPhone displays were 3.5” and MacBooks were heavy, less-portable devices. Today the environment is not only different externally with a plethora of cheaper, arguably more functional tablets available from competitors, but Apple’s own product lineup consists of a smartphone display as large as 5.5” and Retina MacBook Pros with intense processing power packed in an extremely lightweight design. Apple was never afraid to cannibalize themselves, but they have almost squeezed out the need of the original “in-between your Mac and iPhone” intention.

Is this truly the best product pipeline at Apple in 25 years? Eddy Cue, Vice President of Internet Software and Services for Apple,

of this year just that, “later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” Granted the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a huge advancement for iPhone and the Apple Watch is definitively the best smartwatch out there (remember I said I’m an evangelist?), but a marginally updated iPad, and no revolutionary new Apple TV or iPod or Mac? I doubt we can verify Cue’s claim if this keynote is only what we expect it to be.

Speaking of Apple TV/iPod/Mac, when will Apple update some of these products that have some serious dust on them? iPods have become almost forgotten (probably rightfully so with the mass adoption of smartphones). The Mac Mini hasn’t been updated in almost 2 years, the MacBook Pro in over 2 years, the Apple TV in almost 3 years, and the Thunderbolt Display in over 3 years! Is this what the

is referring to from the media invitations? I am excited and desperately awaiting a new Apple TV personally and I know many other consumers feel the same way towards the Mac Mini and the Thunderbolt Display.

The last Apple keynote was thrilling and the definitive point in Tim Cook’s career where he officially took over Apple in the post-Jobs world. I hope Apple will live up to Cue’s claim, address some of my concerns, and truly continue to show us amazing products today. I know I will be gripping to the live blog(s) and hoping for a “One more thing” slide!