Confluent Recognizes Risk Focus as a Preferred Professional Services Partner

Confluent Recognizes Risk Focus as a Preferred Professional Services Partner

For Immediate Release
Tara Ronel
June 7, 2019
tara.ronel@riskfocus.com

[New York, NY, June 7, 2019] – Risk Focus, a leading consultancy for highly-regulated industries, is proud to announce that it has earned Preferred status in the Confluent Partner Network Program, the enterprise event streaming platform pioneer.

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As a Confluent Preferred Partner, Risk Focus has met all the stringent business and technical program requirements, including significant customer development, training and certification of their staff. They have also demonstrated the required skill sets to help its financial services customers implement Apache™ Kafka™ and the Confluent platform in order to harness its flexible event streaming power in new or existing applications.

“We have invested heavily to develop our team through hands-on enterprise project experience, process implementation, Kafka courses and Confluent certifications,” shares Vassil Avramov, Founder and CEO of Risk Focus. “Confluent is, by far, the leader in the event streaming space, and we are thrilled to be nominated to a very small group of Confluent Preferred organizations. We recognize that this is only the beginning, and are committed to jointly helping our customers unlock the power of their data for years to come.”

“Financial services organizations are among the most impacted by the the effects of the digital revolution where technology and data are becoming key for remaining relevant to customers.  That is why so many are turning to event streaming platforms to power their applications to deliver the modern banking experiences customers expect. As the demand from this sector grows, it is important to have fully-trained and experienced Preferred Partners like Risk Focus assisting financial services organizations deploy solutions based on Confluent Platform to deliver contextual event driven applications.”“We have invested heavily to develop our team through hands-on enterprise project experience, process implementation, Kafka courses and Confluent certifications,” shares Vassil Avramov, Founder and CEO of Risk Focus. “Confluent is, by far, the leader in the event streaming space, and we are thrilled to be nominated to a very small group of Confluent Preferred organizations. We recognize that this is only the beginning, and are committed to jointly helping our customers unlock the power of their data for years to come.”

Vassil Avramov

Founder and CEO, Risk Focus

Confluent provides a complete event streaming platform based on Apache Kafka and extends Kafka’s capabilities with development, connectivity and stream processing capabilities as well as management and operations. The Confluent Partner ecosystem is an important element to drive success with customers to assist customers in developing robust data connectivity, building stream processing applications and ensuring the ongoing success of our joint customer’s strategic initiatives.

“Financial services organizations are among the most impacted by the the effects of the digital revolution where technology and data are becoming key for remaining relevant to customers” said Simon Hayes, vice president of corporate and business development, Confluent. “That is why so many are turning to event streaming platforms to power their applications to deliver the modern banking experiences customers expect. As the demand from this sector grows, it is important to have fully-trained and experienced Preferred Partners like Risk Focus assisting financial services organizations deploy solutions based on Confluent Platform to deliver contextual event driven applications.”

“Financial services organizations are among the most impacted by the the effects of the digital revolution where technology and data are becoming key for remaining relevant to customers.  That is why so many are turning to event streaming platforms to power their applications to deliver the modern banking experiences customers expect. As the demand from this sector grows, it is important to have fully-trained and experienced Preferred Partners like Risk Focus assisting financial services organizations deploy solutions based on Confluent Platform to deliver contextual event driven applications.”

Simon Hayes

Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Confluent

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About Risk Focus

Risk Focus is a NYC-based company that provides strategic IT consulting to global enterprises. The company’s Infrastructure practice provides solutions, methodologies, and strategic guidance for digital transformation, containerization, and automation. Its Financial Services team offers strong domain expertise and technology acumen to deliver feature-focused solutions in Capital Markets. To learn more about Risk Focus, please visit www.riskfocus.com.

Confluent and Risk Focus Partner to Bring the Power of Event Streaming to Financial Services

Confluent and Risk Focus Partner to Bring the Power of Event Streaming to Financial Services

Confluent and Risk Focus Partner to Bring the Power of Event Streaming to Financial Services 

Confluent the enterprise event streaming platform pioneer, and Risk Focus, a leading consultancy for highly regulated industries, have joined forces to help Financial Services clients realize the efficiency and cost-effective benefits of event streaming architectures for Regulatory Compliance. 

Risk Focus Expands to Canada’s Queen City

Risk Focus Expands to Canada’s Queen City

Risk Focus, a consulting firm providing specialized business domain and technology implementations, announces the opening of their new Toronto Office. The office is located just outside the city in Oakville, ON and will house a highly technical team focusing on DevOps and Business Transformations, as well as Risk and Trade Solutions for Financial Services.

Though establishing a physical presence in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is new to Risk Focus, the company has worked in Toronto’s Financial District for most of this decade, with an emphasis since 2013 on helping firms drive Business Transformations into the Cloud and proper DevOps practices. Establishing a local presence reflects a commitment to growth in the area, both in terms of expertise and client base.

Over the last several years Toronto has become a mecca for Technology and IT Professionals. With large technical juggernauts moving into the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Universities continuing to educate, develop and feed Silicon Valley with quality developers, it makes Toronto a logical destination for Risk Focus.

Karl Kerba, the new Head of the Toronto DevOps Solutions is a native Torontonian, as are several other members of the growing Toronto team. The team will work directly with the Head of DevOps for the firm, Peter Meulbroek. Both Peter, and the entire Risk Focus leadership believes in the community, its innovative culture, deep talent pool and growth opportunities, and expects the company to have a bright future here.

Toronto is an exceptional place to live and work. It ranks as the 7th most liveable city in the world based on The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, which considers five parameters to rank a city’s living condition: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
“We’re here because Toronto has so much to offer. In addition to all those things that make it an eminently liveable city, an immense level of talent exists within the GTA. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Risk Focus to this dynamic tech hot spot,” said Kerba.

Risk Focus, founded in 2004, has established an international presence stemming out from their head office in New York City. Their offices span globally – London, Frankfurt, Riga and recently opening a Development Center in Pittsburgh (August) and now in Toronto.

Announcing our Pittsburgh Development Center

Announcing our Pittsburgh Development Center

Risk Focus, a consulting firm providing specialized business domain and technology implementations, announces the opening of their new Development Center in Pittsburgh. Risk Focus, founded in 2004, has an established international presence with headquarters in New York City and offices in London, Frankfurt, Toronto and Riga. For the past few years, Risk Focus has focused on expanding their Riga development team with great success attracting world-class developers. The company aims to repeat that achievement and extend its capabilities to meet the growing needs of its North American clients by opening a new development center in Pittsburgh.

Why Pittsburgh? This vibrant, innovative city has a deep pool of technical talent, drawn in by world-class universities, an affordable cost of living, and diverse tech community that has made it a top “NextTech” city. Pittsburgh was recently selected as the #2 Most Livable in the US with a wide variety of museums, rich performing and fine arts communities, perennially winning professional sports teams, and a paradise for foodies.

Pittsburgh combines an existing base of developers who know enterprise with a strong startup community that pairs well with the needs of its North American customers. Peter Meulbroek, Global Head of DevOps Solutions for Risk Focus said, “We view Pittsburgh as a highly-strategic expansion. The city is a high-tech research powerhouse that generates an exceptional level of talent, combined with a strong penchant for reinventing itself.”

The Risk Focus partners have deep ties into Pittsburgh. Tara Ronel, the new Head of Pittsburgh DevOps Solutions is a native Pittsburgher, as are several other Partners. The Risk Focus leadership believes in the community, its innovative culture, deep talent pool and growth opportunities, and expects the company to have a bright future there.

Ms. Ronel summed up the Pitt-RF match, saying, “Pittsburgh and Risk Focus have so much to offer each other. We’re excited to be a part of this dynamic city as it continually evolves and innovates. We’re here for the long haul and look forward to our mutual next generation tech advancements.”

 

Launching A Unique DevOps Engagement Model

Launching A Unique DevOps Engagement Model

Risk Focus Inc., a leading provider of DevOps Solutions for Financial Services companies, is announcing today the formal launch of its unique new offering, ‘The Player-Coach’. This service is a radical departure from the bureaucratic Cloud adoption programs that are common in large enterprises. It combines the planning and delivery principles of Agile with the automation opportunities of Cloud, giving flexibility in approach and adapting to learning, but still respecting the corporate gating and controls.

The Player-Coach is a one-of-a-kind service which empowers the client through active coaching and a close working relationship. This service combines an initial 1-2-week discovery phase that helps clients identify projects within their immediate needs that can be delivered quickly and cost-effectively.  This is followed by a 4-week iteration of implementation and deliverables. The outcome for the engagement is that within just six weeks the client has a working deliverable, a backlog of projects and tasks that can be addressed in the future, and a plan for completing them. The Risk Focus team can then perform structured iterations to complete this backlog . Current offerings are focused on areas listed below, and new ones are on the way:

CI/CD: building pipelines and repos, automated testing, gating and release management

Containerization and Container Orchestration: building containers, moving legacy apps into containers, building and scaling clusters

Cloud First Steps: defining an actionable vision, educating stakeholders, building a Minimum Viable Prototype

Public Cloud: infrastructure automation, application migration, cost management

Hybrid Cloud: common tooling, single pane of glass, support for multiple clouds

 

Vassil Avramov, CEO of Risk Focus, said: “We are excited about the success and client uptake of our initial offerings. Our team of specialists work alongside the client’s teams, seeing a project through from inception to delivery. Many firms need and want to use the Cloud more effectively, but don’t know where to start. This methodology helps them to get results very quickly and puts them on a sustainable path.”

Peter Meulbroek, Global Head of DevOps Solutions, added: “The key advantages of this engagement model are the quick results, the efficient and transparent process, and low cost. It gives firms the opportunity for their teams to fully participate in the development process and sets them up to take ownership of the deliverable going forward.”

Risk Focus works with its clients throughout the process, from defining and specifying the deliverables through identifying the technology and process challenges, to implementing the solutions and ensuring that the client’s team is ready to make use of the deliverables.

Risk Focus has extensive expertise in helping firms with everything DevOps and Cloud, from tooling and technology to delivery and software. Their practitioners are engaged for their knowledge and ability to reduce risk and speed up the delivery process at large enterprises.

Risk Focus Launches Frankfurt Operations

Risk Focus Inc., the Specialist Provider of Financial and DevOps Services, announced today that it has expanded its footprint in Europe by launching business operations in Frankfurt, Germany, to be run by Alexander Malkmus, an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in leading highly-visible client engagements.

Having previously worked at Accenture and the Deutsche Börse, Alexander brings significant experience and knowledge to Risk Focus as the company continues to expand after having provided consultancy and development teams for the implementation of the OTC Trade Reporting platform in the Deutsche Börse‘s Regulatory Reporting Hub.

Vassil Avramov, CEO of Risk Focus, said: “Given our recent success in delivering major components of the Regulatory Reporting Hub at the Deutsche Börse, we are excited to formally establish a footprint in Frankfurt, which we see as a growing market for both our Financial Services and DevOps practices. Alexander brings experience not only of the local culture, but also delivery excellence, which is key for the type of mission-critical projects for which we are typically engaged.”

With an MSc in Business Administration, focused on Securities Trading, Clearing and Settlement Processes, from Goethe – Universität Frankfurt am Main, Alexander is able to help Risk Focus in achieving its business goals, and to provide clients with the same assurance on quality that is already associated with the company. His education as well as his experience have been proven by achievements in his career, making him a valuable addition to Risk Focus.

Alexander Malkmus added: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role with Risk Focus. What impressed me most is their no-nonsense focus on the clients’ best interests, as well as their commitment to growing the business in Germany.”

Risk Focus has a proven track-record of implementing and consulting on risk and trade solutions as well as cloud services. Top banks, brokers and clearing houses are relying on Risk Focus for expertise in financial services and DevOps solutions, resulting in an increase in demand for its services.