Banks, financial institutions, governments, consultancies and professional services firms worldwide now utilise a whole range of cutting-edge financial technologies to gain access quickly and efficiently to the latest news and industry developments and market and product analysis. These information systems support them in making their business decisions, and a vital part of life in a firm.
Keeping finance and investment informed
Companies like Bloomberg and FactSet specialise in providing a whole range of different financial data and analysis products – mostly referred to in this context as solutions – to their finance and investment clients around the world. These companies hire a great number of researchers and analysts to put the information together; however, without information systems specialists there wouldn’t be any product to sell in the first place!
Professionals working in this particular industry for information systems take on a variety of different roles which all contribute to the final product, from software design, product development and architecture to implementation and maintenance and support services on these products for the clients.
These are mostly technical roles – though depending on the programme it’s not always necessary to have masses of technical skills and knowledge before you start. Some elements of product development involve research and content creation, for example. Employers are looking for a passion for technology and willingness and ability to learn. In practice, these roles will require a high amount of industry knowledge.
Technical opportunities in information systems
Roles with a technical focus in engineering and product development teams include:
Software engineers – designing and putting their application creations into practice, usually seeing products through from inception to their implementation.
Security engineers – developing and maintaining security in the technologies of the firm and its clients, consulting on security elements during product development when necessary.
Network engineers – designing, developing and maintaining network matters for clients.
Server engineers – designing, developing and maintaining some of the world’s top systems.
Desktop engineers – developing and maintaining all of the technical gear used within the office, and providing training on new devices and systems where appropriate.
The majority of these roles require close work with professionals from various different departments in a business to find out what they need exactly, or to help them resolve technical issues.
All professionals in this industry have the opportunity to get their mitts on the most cutting-edge technology available, so you’re in for a treat in this industry if that’s what pushes your buttons. It’s essentially a graduate level industry at the moment, so you’ll need a degree to get in. Graduate programmes provide extensive training in the specialist area of choice.