(PRWEB) June 04, 2014
“The constantly changing needs of consumers today are driving rapid technology change, and make it critical for us to encourage and foster innovation across every aspect of how we do business. These efforts, combined with events like this, ensure that we can continue to connect with our customers, and better meet their needs, today and into the future,” said Alok Kapoor, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Fidelity Investments and a WSTA Director.
“I'm excited to participate in the WSTA Roundtable and to share with the group some of my experiences in managing large innovation programs within the financial industry,” said James Gardner, Mindjet's SVP of Products. “The ability to crowd-source ideas and make this an on-going process is key to catalysing innovation and growth. At Mindjet, we work with companies who use our SpigitEngage innovation management platform to surface the best ideas from within their organizations, in order to solve business challenges, increase operational efficiency, and gain competitive advantage in their respective markets.”
This WSTA members-only roundtable is intended to be an open discussion around best practices in creating a culture of and driving innovation within financial firms. Hear from industry leaders that focus on areas such as social innovation and harnessing employee creativity. Engage in a discussion with industry peers on how they are leveraging this creativity to drive growth, cost efficiencies, engagement, and other forms of ROI. Case studies/success stories will also be part of the discussion.
About the WSTA
For over 45 years, the Wall Street Technology Association (http://www.wsta.org) has provided financial industry technology professionals, vendors, service providers, and consultants forums to learn from and connect with each other. The WSTA facilitates educational seminars and networking events where members meet and exchange ideas and best practices that assist them in effectively capitalizing on technology advances and dealing with financial industry business challenges. Founded in 1967, the WSTA is a not-for-profit association with a long history of evolving to meet the needs of its members.
The WSTA hosts seminars, roundtables, panel discussions, social events, and meetups. These events offer many opportunities to stay on top of leading technologies, as well as network and share information with industry colleagues. The WSTA’s quarterly educational Ticker E-Zine and LimeLight e-newsletter provide additional content and information about the WSTA and industry-related activities. The newly launched website is a dynamic resource for keeping on top of the latest information and offers access to additional resources including white papers, blogs, and information about other industry events.
Financial Firm Members
WSTA financial firm members are employed at banks, brokerages, hedge funds, insurance companies and other financial firms. The WSTA currently has about 2,300 members from over 50 different firms; 81% of the members hold senior titles such as CIOs, CTOs, Vice President, Director and Manager. The remaining 19% hold other titles such as analysts, engineers, architects, etc. The WSTA also reaches over 3,200 prospective financial firm technology professionals with information about educational and networking opportunities.
Affiliates and Sponsors
Affiliates and sponsors are an integral component of the WSTA. As a not-for-profit organization, they contribute significantly by providing the resources needed to run the educational and networking programs for WSTA financial firm members. These programs strengthen the bond between members and companies that serve the technology needs of the financial community.
The WSTA currently has over 200 technology firms that participate in the WSTA as an affiliate or sponsor. Companies that provide cloud, big data, mobility, security, software, infrastructure, networking, social, telecom and other industry-related solutions find the WSTA an invaluable forum to create awareness, educate and develop relationships with financial industry professionals.
About Mindjet (http://www.mindjet.com)
Mindjet is committed to enterprise innovation excellence. We provide the first software platform with the capability to drive repeatable business innovation at scale. Millions of people, as well as 83% of the Fortune 100, use Mindjet's enterprise-ready innovation management and productivity suite, featuring SpigitEngage and MindManager. We enable the world's leading brands to build and manage sustainable innovation programs with social dynamics, purposeful collaboration, crowd science, and analytics to surface and develop the best ideas and bring them to market.