Earlier this quarter we launched WDX ONE; a cloud based solution based on Microsoft Dynamics. We coincided the launch with an event to discuss Cloud technology in the Wealth Management industry, with experts including Microsoft and Bovill. The aim of the launch was to generate discussion about the Cloud, dispel some of the myths and explore the potential benefits.
We hosted the launch at London’s iconic SushiSamba – high up on the 39th floor, it was an apt location to introduce WDX ONE. The evening kicked off with Wealth Dynamix’s CEO Gary Linieres welcoming the guests with a brief foreword on technology in the wealth management industry. He commented that the industry is still somewhat ‘traditional and lagging behind in terms of technology’, so Wealth Dynamix was formed to fill the gap in the market. Wealth Dynamix’s first product ‘Enterprise’ based upon Microsoft Dynamics CRM was specifically designed to address industry challenges. Gary remarked that with our new product WDX ONE ‘we have taken four years of experience and functionality, and have now placed this in Microsoft Cloud infrastructure’.
Chris Forrest, Director for Financial Services at Microsoft was our first speaker and spoke about the ‘technology debt’ that has built up in the financial services industry. He explained that old technology often takes longer to service customers, and this isn’t what today’s customer expects. Microsoft is a firm advocate of cloud technology and Forrest commented that ‘the advent of cloud computing is as important as the advent of the internet and allows productivity to be instantaneous’. Cloud addresses many of the issues legacy technology raises, including the length of time to update. Microsoft’s Cloud infrastructure is automatically updated and is included in the cost of the product, whereas legacy technology goes through lengthy and expensive update processes. Forrest commented that Microsoft puts cloud at the forefront of their development and their mantra has now become ‘mobile first, cloud first’. With Microsoft’s forward thinking attitude, they are a fitting platform to host WDX ONE as the two technology providers continue to work closely in partnership.
Our next speaker – Mark Spiers, Head of Banking at Bovill spoke about regulation and compliance in today’s industry. He commented that ‘wealth managers have recently been hit by a tsunami of regulation’ and firms now need to readdress how they approach working with clients and fintech has the ability to help. Spiers advised that in today’s regulatory environment managers need to concentrate heavily on suitability. He said that the first thing the FCA notices regarding suitability is a lack of KYC data, and full record keeping is key to remaining compliant. Any client with unclear objectives due to missing KYC data, will fall foul of the regulator. Security and compliance is one of the top priorities at Wealth Dynamix and WDX ONE has been designed with regulatory pressures in mind to support the FCA. KYC data capture and suitability processes are obligatory stages of the onboarding component within WDX ONE with integrated ID & V and AML sanctions checking and risk profiling assessments.
Given that WDX ONE is a cloud based solution, Wealth Dynamix has gone to great lengths with Microsoft to ensure that it has secure infrastructure with regional datacentres and stringent data privacy measures in place. Spiers also added that the FCA are in favour of new technological advancements in the industry, as long as it favours the customer and abides by regulatory rules, allowing for cloud based solutions with thorough due diligence.
The final presentation came from Matt Yates, product director at Wealth Dynamix and head of WDX ONE. He explained the reasons behind the decision to move to cloud and the benefits of WDX ONE. Yates explained how Wealth Dynamix are fundamentally client-centric and how the company have taken time to understand regulatory pressures and have invested in client insight to better understand the behaviours of its users, using this to shape their solutions. The product has been four years in the making and has been designed to allow more time for wealth managers, but also manage regulatory pressure. The decision to take to the cloud wasn’t taken lightly, but it seems that regulation is biased toward midmarket and smaller firms who don’t necessarily have the time or funds to undertake on-premise solutions. Cloud is an enabler that allows the delivery of CRM solutions to all ends of the market.
The Wealth Dynamix team were also on hand to show guests WDX ONE in action, presenting the product’s full functionality. Attendees were impressed with how the product offers a complete solution that reflects wealth manager’s needs. WDX ONE has been designed specifically for the wealth and investment management industry, and is completely tailored to help address the challenges faced.
The evening was a great insight into how cloud technology can benefit firms in the wealth and investment industry. As regulatory pressure increases, firms should implement technology that can aid and simplify workflows. In today’s digital age, firms that utilise new technologies to their advantage will continue to thrive and grow.
All of us at Wealth Dynamix would like to thank our guests for attending and we hope to see you soon!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about WDX ONE.
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An accomplished, results-driven sales and marketing professional, Gabriel has held sales and marketing leadership positions in Singapore and China at some of the world’s most successful and respected global technology enterprises.
During more than 20 years spent at IBM, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft, Gabriel developed and implemented sales and channel strategies to support strategic business objectives.
His specialism is growing and extending sales territories to grow revenues and increase market share.
Travis combines 15 years of software delivery, business modelling and leadership experience with a passion for transforming business needs into effective digital solutions. Before joining Wealth Dynamix in March 2018, Travis led Operations for Nikon – a role which incorporated CRM product ownership responsibility and initiated over 10 years of MS Dynamics experience, from 2011 to Dynamics 365.
Since joining the Wealth Dynamix team, Travis has been instrumental in designing and delivering some of our most strategic WDX1 projects. Leading the consulting team for WDX1, he is responsible for their recruitment and development. The team’s complex remit supports a fundamental aim – to ensure Wealth Dynamix delivers the best client experience. Travis is also responsible for ensuring the WDX1 product is designed and evolved in the most adaptable way possible to drive adoption across our client base, existing and future.
An experienced, tenacious marketer, Jo joined the Wealth Dynamix team in 2021 as Head of Marketing and quickly rose to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. A Brand and Marketing specialist with a proven track record in BRB and B2C communications, Jo combines a customer-centred approach with strategic thinking.
Having held senior Marketing positions in numerous FTSE 100 businesses, including Asda Stores Ltd, The Co-operative Retail Group, plus financial services brands MBNA, OneFamily, TransUnion, The Co-operative Group, she possesses a wealth of experience in the fields of finance and technology.
Jo is passionate about activating the Wealth Dynamix brand across every channel, taking a holistic marketing approach to drive consistency, salience and thought-leadership activity.
Agustin joined Wealth Dynamix over six years ago bringing a wealth of experience in change management.
Having experienced first-hand the challenges of managing clients through change, Agu now brings that expertise to Wealth Management firms looking to leverage technology in order to help them connect more effectively with their clients.
Agu has a deep technical knowledge of our solutions that allows him to deliver our products effectively, unlocking the full potential of every feature.
As our Head of Strategic Client Relationships, Agu’s specialist expertise supports firms to become more efficient, transparent and dependable using our CLM solutions.
Juan has over 20 years’ experience developing and implementing CRM solutions and has spent the last 10 focusing primarily on the Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) in the Wealth Management industry.
Currently Head of Development, Juan is responsible on overseeing the technical direction of the product.
Before joining Wealth Dynamix, Juan has worked for Barclays, Fujitsu and Ciber delivering large scale CRM projects in the financial services industry.
Juan has a first degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Universidad Blas Pascal and a MSc in Business Information Technology from London South Bank University.
An internationally experienced change management professional, Ben is responsible for overseeing projects both internally, and for clients.
In a career spanning more than 20 years in global banking, finance and management consulting, Ben has led strategy formulation, project planning, change management adoption, business networking consultation and transformational change projects at Fortis Investments, Barclays Wealth and Investment Management and Verisure Securitas Direct. Since beginning his career at Deloitte, Ben has also amassed a wealth of experience working on complex CRM system implementations, and is a PROSCI-certified Change Practitioner and a Certified Scrum Master (Scrum Alliance).
When David joined Wealth Dynamix in 2015 he brought with him a vast amount of experience delivering large-scale Microsoft Dynamics CRM projects. As a Senior Business Analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland David managed deployments with more than 2000 users, for both Business and Commercial Banking, as well as working on key AML initiatives for RBS International. In his current role at Wealth Dynamix David supports the growth and strategic direction of client implementations in Europe. Wealth Dynamix leverages David’s product expertise to shape the product roadmap and ensure that the firm delivers solutions with the right capabilities, that will be enthusiastically adopted, by all customers.
Prior to his involvement in the wealth management sector, David worked as a waste management contracts manager, working with Multi Services Kent to ensure effective waste clearance and re-use at the 2012 London Olympics.
Since joining Wealth Dynamix in 2019, Cédric has worked closely with clients to ensure that the WDX and CLMi solutions are deployed efficiently and effectively.
In a career spanning more than 25 years, Cédric has become an accomplished business and global project management leader covering both technology and financial markets sectors. Having held various roles in private banking (front, middle and back office) and brokerages, in both functional and technical roles, Cédric has led many projects including client onboarding implementations and KYC reviews, regulatory compliance projects (including PSD2, MIFID2/PRIIPS, GDPR, CRS, Rubik) and digital transformation projects (online and mobile design and implementation).
Cédric has vast experience building and managing international project teams, having created three offshore teams in Tunisia and India, managed a 70-employee company as Deputy CEO and a startup Fintech founded to create smartphone apps.
As Director of Pre-Sales, Johnny is responsible for maintaining the firm’s pre-sales policies, methodologies and resourcing. He is also leads some of WDX’s largest pre-sales analysis exercises, conducted for a wider variety of financial services firms spanning multiple jurisdictions.
Continual engagement with existing and prospective clients helps to inform the WDX1 product strategy, roadmap and pricing.
Johnny has spent his whole career in financial technology in various consultancy and
pre-sales roles. His expertise covers the full stack of systems required by leading Private Banks and Wealth Managers, encompassing core banking solutions, portfolio management solutions, Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions and more.
William’s commercial expertise in connecting technology to solve wealth management business challenges was borne out of his early career as a stockbroker, followed by a variety of Client Relationship Management and Sales roles in asset management and banking.
Having experienced first-hand the challenges of doing the job, William recognises that an unwavering focus on client service is required to build progressive and mutually beneficial partnerships in FOR the longer term. Having gained further experience working for financial technology service providers including Calastone and Contemi, he has the specialist expertise needed to identify how to leverage technology to help wealth managers connect more effectively with their clients, and become more efficient, transparent and dependable.
In addition to his role as Commercial Director at Wealth Dynamix, responsible for new business development in the UK, US and Middle East, William sits on the board of the Securities Investment Management Association (SIMA) where he is actively involved in exploring industry trends and challenges.
An experienced and accomplished specialist in CRM technology and wealth management, Dominic is responsible for defining and leading the product roadmap for Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions at Wealth Dynamix. Experienced in SaaS strategy definition, Dominic formulated the development and launch plan for the firm’s cloud-based CLMi solution.
Prior to joining Wealth Dynamix in 2014, Dominic held senior positions in both RBS and Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, where he was responsible for leading enterprise-scale CRM implementation projects.
With more than 15 years wealth management and WealthTech experience he has vast expertise and insights into best practice CRM and CLM execution.
François joined Wealth Dynamix in 2020 to grow the company’s presence in France and further extend business operations across Europe and has since been designated Chief Revenue Officer, a member of the board.
Having closed several flagship deals for the company across Europe and Switzerland, today his role encompasses responsibility for new and existing revenues, recruiting, structuring and managing the sales team, plus owning the business forecast and reseller channels.
Previously, François served as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Executive Committee member and investor at DreamQuark, an Artificial Intelligence software startup. At DreamQuark, he secured the firm’s first recurring revenues with Tier-1 banks and insurance companies, won the Fintech of the Year award and enabled A and B level fundraising. Before that François spent almost 10 years at Nokia Networks, leading European Sales for Analytics Software.
François has an MBA awarded by INSEAD and an engineering degree from the École Centrale de Nantes.
Currently Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Wealth Dynamix, Natalie is responsible for the strategic direction of operations across the business. A wealth and investment management industry expert, with more than 25 years experience delivering large-scale technology projects, Natalie plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficient running of the firm and meeting key business goals.
Prior to joining Wealth Dynamix in 2019, Natalie was Head of Technology at Bridgepoint Advisers, a UK-based private equity investment firm. She joined Bridgepoint following an 18-year tenure at Quilter Cheviot, where she was Head of Technology responsible for Operations and execution of the firm’s business plan.
A wealth and investment management industry expert, Brent has more than 25 years of experience in developing front to back software solutions that address sector-specific operational and compliance challenges.
Prior to co-founding Wealth Dynamix in 2012, he was a Director at Third Financial Software, where he drove product development.
Previously, he led business development and product strategy for the wealth management division of Financial Objects.
Brent spent 13 years at DST (now SS&C) until 2007, where he was Associate Director responsible for the global product strategy of institutional front office and wealth management solutions.
He graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, with an honours degree in Geography.
With a lifetime career in wealth management, beginning in front office sales more than 25 years ago, Gary is recognised as a highly successful, award-winning executive and serial entrepreneur.
Currently CEO at Wealth Dynamix, one of Europe’s fastest growing WealthTech firms which he founded in 2012, Gary has pioneered a new approach to Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) and built solutions suited to both enterprise-scale and mid-size financial institutions.
In his early career Gary excelled in a wide variety of FinTech sales management and executive roles in the UK, Switzerland and France.
Following his tenure as Managing Director at Financial Objects, which saw revenues grow by more than 300% on his watch, Gary founded and subsequently exited from Third Financial Software after it became a leading front office technology provider.