You’ll know by now that we’re all about staying on top of recent trends in the banking industry at Strands, but when I asked the team what they had on their reading lists for the coming year, they came back with a whole host of suggestions relating to what we do best; FinTech, banking solutions, software development and Artificial Intelligence. Here’s our list of pageturners for 2019.
1. The Mythical Man Month: Essays on Software Engineering
By Frederick P. Brooks
Fred Brooks is back, 20 years after he initially published this influential book, with new ideas on how to manage complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. He’s brought this benchmark on software engineering into the current day, and Strands IT Manager Francisco Fuentes has ranked this as a top read for the coming year.
FRANCISCO FUENTES, IT MANAGER
2. FinTech Innovation: From Robo-Advisors to Goal Based Investing and Gamification
By Paolo Sironi
Alex Mutiso, PreSales Solution Advisor in the EMEA region recommended this book for our top ten, having met and attended sessions with the author whilst at university. A study of the growing banking industry and financial technology that analyses the shift in business models and what happens when tradition when collide with social transformation. Worth a read to understand just how FinTech is revolutionizing banking.
ALEX MUTISO, PRESALES SOLUTIONS ADVISOR, EMEA
3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: 101 Things You Must Know Today About Our Future
Product Manager, Onur Şimşek has a firm eye of the future and the many ways in which AI is going to change it with this bestseller on his list. Artificial intelligence is he to stay and will help us do almost everything better, faster and for less. FinTech and banking will undergo dramatic change in the coming years and we will have to adapt to fit, or risk becoming obsolete. From robots and chatbots to business processes and communication, there’s a shift of dramatic proportions on our very doorstep.
ONUR ŞIMŞEK, PRODUCT MANAGER
4. Bank 4.0: Banking everywhere, never at a bank
We loved 3.0, and now he’s back with the latest version, a compendium of thoughts from the biggest names in FinTech about where banking is going, and as the title suggests, how the physical bank is becoming a thing of the past. This book is right up Javier Castillo’s street as Head of Growth at Strands, with chapters such as “Banking reimagined for a Real-Time world”, “Why FinTechs are proving banks aren’t necessary” and “Banks 2050”.
JAVIER CASTILLO, HEAD OF GROWTH
5. NUDGE: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth & Happiness
By Richard Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein
What we pride ourselves most on at Strands is improving people’s lives through better and smarter money management. Our Head of Communication Miriam not only has a knack for locating a great book, but blogs about financial wellbeing, amongst other things in her spare time. Nobel prize recipient, Richard Thaler is the father of behavioral economics, an area we're passionate about here at Strands, and this is well worth the read.
MIRIAM BALLESTEROS, HEAD OF COMMUNICATION
6. Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems
By Martin Kleppman
Architect & Senior Software Developer, Ferran Soler has opted for this comprehensive guide that examines the pros and cons of various technologies for processing and storing data. Software keeps changing, but the fundamental principles remain the same. This book helps navigate the huge number of tools available to software developers and find the most efficient solution every time.
FERRAN SOLER, ARCHITECT- SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
7. Digital Human: The Fourth Revolution of Humanity Includes Everyone
By Chris Skinner
Chris Skinner is a household name when it comes to FinTech. He breaks down human revolution in 4 stages: the first, becoming human. The second was becoming civilised, when we created money. The third was becoming commercial, when we created banks. In this fourth age of humanity, we have turned ourselves into Digital Humans. What implications does this have on banking and on us in general?
AOIFE CREAN, CONTENT MANAGER
8. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction
By Steve McConnell
Considered to be one of the most comprehensive guides to programming of all time, breaking down the science of software construction and helping developers write better software for more than a decade. VP of Engineering, Pablo Reyes is the guy that takes things apart to know how they work from the inside out, and this book is the manual for the software engineer that wants to stay ahead of advances in their field.
PABLO REYES, VP ENGINEERING