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Erik Brieva: "Fostering a sense of belonging is crucial to our success at Strands"

There is no doubt that embracing digital transformation is a must to grow and prosper in today’s business world.

Organizations of all types across the globe are striving to find the best talent to help them do just that —especially in the tech space. As if that weren’t enough, with the widespread demand for these positions, most companies are facing significant challenges not only in attracting that talent, but in retaining it.

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Topics: FinTech, Strands Worldwide, Company Culture, Talent

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Nov 12, 2018

Zoe Plasencia: On Being a Project Manager at Strands

The role of Project Manager requires someone who can wear a lot of different hats —especially in the FinTech game— and who has the ability to skillfully accomplish tasks, managing a team of talented people. Zoe Plasencia is one of these phenomenons who makes projects happen at Strands.

Zoe’s career started in IT Development at IBM, spanned to Technical Leadership and progressed to her current role in Project Management (PM) in the digital banking space.

Here, we share a little more about what PM looks like for her, what’s unique about her position at Strands, and what her preferred methodologies are in reaching company goals successfully.

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Topics: Project Manager, FinTech project management, Company Culture

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Sep 27, 2018

A Look Inside Design at Strands

At Strands we value design when creating our innovative solutions. Anna Oriola, Juanma González and Guillem Espias know that intuitive, user-centric design is crucial in everything that we do. And it has paid off.

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Topics: FinTech, Strands Worldwide, Design Team, Company Culture

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Apr 26, 2018

Data Driven Disruption in Banking: Interview with Onur Simsek

It is all about data these days. It’s relevant for everyone, not just the financial sector. What is your opinion about the position of banks in current data sharing landscape?

Absolutely. In the coming years, banking will be fundamentally different from the way we have always known it. The new currency of the digital economy will be data.

As a result of UK Open Banking and PSD2, consumers will gain a new level of control over how their data is used, and by whom. This, in essence means that banks will no longer have full ownership of financial data, as they always have, something that may look like it could pose a serious threat to current banking business models, but far from it; it also creates many opportunities for banks to leverage the data they have.

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Topics: digital banking, financial data, data industry trends, alternative data, data analytics, Data Security, Big Data, Data Privacy, Company Culture

Author: Aoife Crean - Content Manager on Apr 11, 2018

Launching STRANDS in Kuala Lumpur: An Interview With Tech Lead Carlos J. Mena

Having a workforce that is fluent in the ways of the world isn’t a luxury. It’s a competitive necessity.

That’s why last year, STRANDS opened a new office in Kuala Lumpur, the financial and economic centre of Malaysia — marking an important milestone for the FinTech company in Asia.

One notable leader in this endeavor was Carlos Javier Mena, Customer Tech Lead of STRANDS. He traveled to this fast-growing city to accomplish a mission: to build a strong team of software engineers and business developers.

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Topics: FinTech, International Experience, Kuala Lumpur, Strands Worldwide, Company Culture

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Mar 21, 2018

Getting to Know the Women in Data Science: An Interview With Sandra Real

Sandra Real is a Data Engineer Team Lead at STRANDS. Her career has revolved around the analytics industry and the development and use of data technologies for more than fourteen years, and she is a firm believer that there’s nothing more dynamite than data.

With a focus on Oracle Databases, Sandra’s expertise in data architecture, administration, and implementation has grown significantly as DBA at Hewlett Packard, NexTReT and TIPSA. She’s a programmer and all-round dataholic.

But that’s not all. Sandra is refreshingly honest, mother to a three-year-old son, and a total tour de force. Here’s her story:

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Topics: fintech women, women and banking, women in tech, Financial services for women, Company Culture

Author: Miriam Ballesteros on Mar 5, 2018

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