Applied technology in a business context
Digital strategy and operations are the beating heart of an organisation and enable new business models, services, and products to operate efficiently and competitively. This guest lecture/lecture series aims to offer practical insights into drivers of successful digital transformation, operations and innovation in a business-oriented technology ecosystem. The students will gain insight into the cross-section between business and technology at Norges Bank Investment Management and will have the opportunity to engage with different technology experts. The lectures suits IT students in their early higher education.
Stand-alone guest lectures or a lecture series:
Business-driven operations and development
Technology is a key component of delivering impactful change to a business. We will discuss the importance of understanding end users’ needs, products and service offerings with an emphasis on joint project ownership and two-way collaboration between business and technology units.
Adapting industry trends
We will outline Norges Bank Investment Management’s journey in application development, business-driven development and working methods. How do we monitor technology trends, how do we choose what to adopt, and what impact does the business have on these decisions?
Balancing business and cloud technology
Norges Bank Investment Management transitioned to a cloud-based platform in 2018, which dramatically changed the technology landscape of our organisation. We will analyse the drivers behind the transition to the cloud and outline how a large technological transition can be achieved with minimal impact on business activities.
The life of an investment decision
The financial markets never sleep. How do you operate a global investment fund around the clock, across geographies and in different time zones? The students will get an introduction to the technology that powers the large investment machine of Norges Bank Investment Management. We will review trade-off between the adoption of modern technology, security, robustness, resources, cost implications, and how these choices ultimately affect performance.
The technology eco system of Norges Bank Investment Management
What are the benefits and challenges of internal development vs buying off-the-shelf products? What solutions have we created internally, and why? What are the factors that impact these decisions? In this lecture, we will demonstrate some of the critical projects and workflows of Norges Bank Investment Management such as trading and risk systems, decision support systems and some of our most innovative IT projects.
In the marketplace for financial intelligence, we observe a rapid evolution of decision-support tools, trade implementation tools, and a growing need for immediate and correct information. In this lecture, we will demonstrate our technological setup for incorporating external data seamlessly with our own proprietary data, to become an important competitive advantage for Norges Bank Investment Management.
The world’s leading companies are leveraging Cloud IT to become quicker at change, more scalable and more responsive to customer demands. At its core, the Cloud is highly automated IT infrastructure, but how do we as IT professionals fit in this landscape? In a time where most companies still use physical servers and infrastructure, we will discuss the application of Cloud technology in Norges Bank Investment Management, how Cloud technology is changing the IT landscape and how businesses can change with it. The lectures suits IT students in their early higher education. No prior knowledge of the topic is required.
Stand-alone guest lectures or a lecture series:
Basic introduction to “the cloud”
We will review the history of cloud technology and the difference between physical data centres and cloud, and how businesses might already be in the cloud without thinking about it. Students will also get an overview of principal competencies required for working with cloud technology.
Cloud technology at Norges Bank Investment Management
In this session, we will review why we chose to transition to a cloud-based technology platform, the strategy and key learnings.
The future of cloud technology
Students will get insights into the future of cloud technology, how it will change and the expectations and opportunities the technology creates for businesses.
“Architecture is about the important stuff – (whatever that is)” – Ralph Johnson
Within a technology organization, there are many definitions of architecture and several kinds of solutions architects. Common among them is the objective to design, communicate and implement a vision for the future state of the solutions, infrastructure and processes that support the mission of the organization. In this session, we will demonstrate how solution architecture is applied in a world-class investment fund. We will also discuss how to combine different types of architecture, how rapid change of technology affects architecture work, and possible career paths. The lectures suits IT students in their early higher education. No prior knowledge of solution architecture is required.
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