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Byte Academy Opens First International Fintech School in Singapore; Offers Guaranteed Job Placements with Tuition Refund

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Byte AcademySingapore, 10 November 2016 – Byte Academy announces the launch of its first international campus outside of New York City with programmes in FinTech, Data Science and Python Full-Stack Development. Byte Academy in Singapore opens its doors on 10 November 2016, to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and help grow the local talent pool of industry-ready engineers and developers, alongside its strategic charter partners.

In Singapore, industry frontrunners from financial services, financial technology (“FinTech”), and start-up sectors are showcasing their support for industry-specific partnerships and education programmes such as that provided by Byte Academy. In spirit of this collaborative support framework, Standard Chartered Bank, IBM, INSEAD, Thomson Reuters and Microsoft have come together with Byte Academy to form the FinTech Skills Charter. This pro-bono advisory committee will help steer and set best-in-class standards for FinTech development in Singapore through active engagement with Byte Academy to configure all the policies and procedures for the benefit of the larger FinTech community in Singapore.

Byte Academy founder, Rak Chugh, believes that constant feedback and input by the industry leaders in respective verticals, can steer and better prepare candidates for tech jobs in industries such as finance and data science: “Technology is rapidly growing with new innovative solutions being created every day. This means that jobs and its relevant skill sets are evolving at a faster pace than ever. With the help from industry partners to constantly review and refine the curriculum, this will help ensure Singaporeans are better-equipped, better matched with the current industry demands with the applicable technical knowledge and skills.”

Nobuhiro Ito, Director, Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft Singapore, adds: “Byte Academy’s presence here in Singapore will help accelerate skills development that will help contribute to a more vibrant FinTech ecosystem and build a stronger Singapore core. This initiative by Byte Academy is very much in line with Microsoft’s mission of empowering every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more. We look forward to working closely with the Fintech Skills Charter Members to enhance the Fintech development, innovation and explore possible cross-border collaboration activities within the Fintech industry.”

On partnering with Byte Academy in Asia, Mr Shameek Kundu, Global Head of Data, Architecture and Innovation, Standard Chartered Bank, said: “Standard Chartered Bank is pleased to become a founding charter member of the inaugural FinTech Skills Charter. This signals our ongoing commitment to developing the talent pool which will support the growth of a vibrant FinTech sector. The establishment of Byte Academy is another progressive initiative which will help to fuel Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions by adding to the country’s great ecosystem of financial institutions, technology companies, universities and research organisations.”

Annie Choy, Managing Director, IBM Singapore adds: “With a strong focus on innovation and the right technology in place, Singapore is well-positioned to become one of the world’s top FinTech hubs. At IBM, we are working extensively with government, industries and academia to co-develop solutions based on enterprise blockchain, cyber-security, and cognitive computing technologies to help serve the FinTech sector and further develop Singapore as a Smart Financial Centre.”

To bridge this engineering talent crunch in Singapore, Byte Academy has collaborated with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) to provide individuals with a passion in technology, finance, and data science, a fast track to opportunities within the FinTech and Data Science domain through IMDA’s Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (“TIPP”).

“The growing trend of digitalisation and emerging financial technologies (FinTech) are reshaping the financial and insurance sectors. As a financial hub, Singapore is well placed for the development of innovative financial technologies. We are happy to have Byte Academy come on board IMDA’s Tech Immersion and Placement Programme, an initiative under the TechSkills Accelerator. With more programmes offered, particularly in Fintech and Data Science, Singapore’s manpower can enrich themselves with a strong variety of market relevant courses, enabling us to be in a better position to seize opportunities in these growing sectors.” Said Gabriel Lim, Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority.

As part of this collaboration with IMDA, Byte Academy Singapore will offer its 12- week full-time courses and individual 8-week short courses focussing in FinTech and Software Development. Its 12-week full-time courses will provide the fundamentals for students to work on real, industry-specific problems and allow for interaction with industry partners to prepare individuals for direct placement and job matching upon graduation. Byte Academy Singapore is also replicating its New York placement and guarantee programme, offering guaranteed job placements to its full-time course graduates through key partners in major tech and banking companies. It stands by this guarantee, committing to refund the full course fee, should they fail to place its graduates in a role within 6 months of course completion.

Further, Byte Academy’s programme also enables the bridging of FinTech communities in New York, California’s Silicon Valley and Singapore together, allowing for long term strategic growth and knowledge sharing of some of the world’s top FinTech companies into Asia.

“We applaud Byte Academy’s efforts to educate the next generation of FinTech innovators,” said Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and Founder. “We are seeing accelerated growth of financial technology innovation in the Asian market and elsewhere around the world, so the Singapore initiative is well timed.”

Byte Academy Singapore programmes welcomes individuals from communities such as:

  1. Career switchers without programming background and interested in a career in tech
  2. Current IT and banking professionals interested in up-skilling for new tech positions, or exploring entering the Finance, FinTech and Data Science industries
  3. Newly-minted fresh graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (“STEM”) and other disciplines, with no prior programming knowledge, and with a passion in FinTech or Data Science
  4. Start-up founders and early employees who are under-equipped to design, programme, and ship their own products.

To further the development of local tech talent and meet the demand for IT and FinTech / Data Science professionals, IMDA and Byte Academy supports this programme by providing subsidized rates for Singaporean citizens. Singaporeans keen in a career in tech or upskilling their craft in software development enjoy subsidies of up to 70% off the listed rate.*

* Applicable for full-time courses under Tech Immersion and Placement Programme (TIPP), other terms and conditions apply.

 

About Byte Academy

Byte Academy is a leader in industry-oriented technology education with courses in Python software development, FinTech (“Financial Technology”), Data Science, Blockchain and MedTech (“Medical Technology”). Byte Academy established the first short-format FinTech programme and the first Python full-stack software development bootcamp in New York City, where it is headquartered. It has raised S$3m in series A funding for its first international campus and ASEAN headquarters in Singapore, and opens in India at the end of 2016.

Byte Academy is recognized for its small classes, career services and sense of community. Students hail from all over the world including countries such as Australia, Chile, Finland, Siberia, and Tunisia. Byte has brought thousands together from diverse backgrounds around the globe via its hackathons, conferences, founders’ talks, meetups and other events.

Byte Academy is proud to be the Education Partner for Singapore's inaugural FinTech Festival and will be holding "Byte Learning" workshops during the FinTech Conference (16 - 17 November at Singapore Expo).

Check out www.byteacademy.co to learn more.

About the founder

Rak Chugh, has worked in the financial industry for 25+ years. He founded Byte Consulting in 2000 and ran a publicly listed real estate company in London. Mr. Chugh founded Byte Academy when he realized the need to bridge the gap between finance and technology and create a new class of financial technology experts. He came to this realization after financial clients of the consulting firm he founded, Byte Consulting, could not find qualified programmers in New York City. Initial curriculum emphasized the Python coding language due to its high analytical capability and usage in the finance industry. Byte was the first educational institution in New York City to have a full-stack Python programme and the first with a short-format FinTech programme.

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Ko Tze-Shen
Business Development Director
Byte Academy Singapore
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Source: Byte Academy

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StockCharts requires vast quantities of financial data to power its visualization, charting and tracking tools, which investors use to analyze the markets to help with investment decisions. The company was frustrated by the limits of its on-premise market data center, which was forcing the team to make architectural decisions based on what its data center could handle in terms of speed and storage, not on their technology. Its previous market data provider was just starting to build out some cloud offerings, but they were far away from what the business required. StockCharts decided to migrate its infrastructure to the AWS cloud and partner with Xignite to gain access to endlessly scalable market and financial data delivered through innovative cloud APIs.

The collaboration made an immediate impact as StockCharts was able to expand its offerings and customer base by pursuing growth strategies enabled by Xignite’s cloud-based approach, which provides easy access to data and eliminates architectural limits on storage and speed.

The pandemic provided further validation. Seattle-based StockCharts was in one of the first areas hit by COVID-19 and was forced to quickly shut down its office. Pandemic-driven market volatility followed and StockCharts customers wanted to visualize what was happening. The company’s ability to scale quickly and accommodate a high volume of new requests would not have been possible without Xignite.

“The move to the AWS cloud and Xignite has unlocked tremendous new potential for us in a lot of architectural ways, and has given us a lot of data options that we could not even consider before,” said Grayson Roze, Vice President of Operations at StockCharts. “It relieved us of the burden of figuring out how to source things. Instead, we know exactly where we need to go to get the data and can access it instantly. That is a huge, huge benefit for our business.”

“We are proud to have played a role in transforming how StockCharts approaches data,” said Stephane Dubois, CEO and Founder of Xignite. “The events of this year unleashed a massive spike in retail trading and a host of other unexpected forces that reinforced the need for financial services firms to leverage the cloud. Despite the disruption of this year, StockCharts was positioned for success, and we look forward to continuing to deliver our financial and market data solutions to the industry at large.”

Xignite

Xignite has been disrupting the financial and market data industry from its Silicon Valley headquarters since 2006 when it introduced the first commercial REST API. Since then, Xignite has been continually refining its technology to help fintech and financial institutions get the most value from their data. Today, more than 700 clients access over 500 cloud-native APIs and leverage a suite of specialized microservices-delivered modules to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite

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Xignite, Inc., a provider of cloud-based market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, today announced that its Market Data Management-as-a-Service solution has been named “Best New Technology Introduced over the last 12 months – Infrastructure” at the 2020 WatersTechnology American Financial Technology Awards (AFTAs). Selected by the editors of WatersTechnology, the AFTAs recognize excellence in the deployment and management of financial technology within the asset management and investment banking communities.

Xignite’s Market Data Management-as-a-Service (MDMaaS) solution enables buy- and sell-side firms to centralize the management of vendor data feeds into their own cloud environment. The solution is built around the cloud microservice-based architecture and technology stack Xignite has been refining and scaling for more than 10 years. Xignite’s technology platform has been the backbone of the company’s Data-as-a-Service business, daily supporting 12 billion API requests of financial data for their 700 fintech and financial services clients. Now Xignite is leveraging this battle-tested cloud-native data management architecture to offer buy- and sell-side firms a market data vendor agnostic offering, with connectors available for firms to load data they license from Bloomberg, Refinitiv, ICE and numerous other providers.

The MDMaaS solution includes a suite of loosely-coupled modules that enable market data user firms to control their data usage, automate entitlements, optimize their data spend and minimize liabilities by simplifying data governance and ensuring regulatory compliance.

The functionality is delivered via microservices, an architectural approach in which core functionality is handled by loosely coupled, independently deployable modules that can work together or separately. Microservices architecture stands in stark contrast with monolithic platforms that require expensive on-premise technology – that is especially hard to maintain in the context of a pandemic.

The MDMaaS microservice-delivered modules introduced in 2020 include:

Xignite Entitlements and Usage - Manage the entitlement of vendor data to users and applications to ensure compliance and eliminate excess spend.

Xignite Optimization - Streamline data consumption to avoid duplicated vendor requests, leverage cached bulk data and get recommendations to reduce data costs.

Xignite Data Lake - Centralize, catalog and connect data shapes to enable frictionless integration by consumers via unified cloud APIs.

Xignite Reference - Aggregate, normalize, store and index vendor reference data to centralize enterprise-wide access.

Xignite Historical - Provide centralized access to normalized, stitched and adjusted historical data via cloud APIs.

Xignite Real-Time - Distribute real-time vendor data via cloud APIs, eliminating on-premise infrastructure.

Xignite Fundamentals - Make simple and complex time-series data structures available via cloud APIs.

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About Xignite

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The Department of Justice has officially sued Visa to block its $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid — and the fintech world is scrutinizing what this might mean for the industry.

Business Insider spoke with Xignite's CEO and Founder Stephane Dubois, and other legal and industry experts on how they see the DoJ's lawsuit shaking out — and what this means for the fintech world.

If the Justice Department wins in court, the merger could be scuttled
Stephane Dubois, the CEO of financial data provider Xignite, thinks that the fact that the DOJ sued suggests that it does probably have a solid legal basis for its allegations.

Unless Visa — which has been represented by powerhouse law firm Skadden in connection with the deal — can fight the DOJ's lawsuit on a legal basis and argue successfully that the government's argument is too speculative, that they're not anticompetitive, he doesn't think the acquisition will go through.

Otherwise, Visa would need to comply with conditions set by the DOJ — for example, lower fees on credit cards, or breaking up its business — to make itself non-competitive. But he's not sure if Visa would be willing to do that.

Dubois said such a lawsuit could be a "cold shower" for fintechs that are considering mergers and acquisitions given the massive $200 million Plaid paid for its API competitor, Quovo, in January 2019, not to mention the $5.3 billion price tag of Visa's acquisition of Plaid.

The DOJ's lawsuit could fail and Visa's acquisition could go through, but with diverging possible outcomes for Plaid and other fintechs

Dubois sees several possible outcomes playing out should the DOJ's lawsuit fail. The acquisition would go through and Visa could continue to make Plaid available to fintechs, but in a way that it doesn't "cannibalize" its own business — for example, by charging 3% fees to competitor services that Plaid enables.

It's also possible that Visa shuts down Plaid after a successful acquisition, essentially squashing competition for the market, something Dubois called a "worst case scenario."

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Yugabyte, the leader in open-source distributed SQL databases, today announced that market data distribution and management solutions provider Xignite has selected YugabyteDB as its database of choice to power its cloud-native financial data distribution and management solutions. Xignite selected Yugabyte’s distributed SQL database based on YugabyteDB’s high performance, on-demand scalability, and operational ease. 

“Due to the nature of our business, performance and scalability are the two most important factors we look for in a database solution,” said Dr. Qin Yu, VP of Engineering, Xignite. “Financial data is ever-changing and we need to capitalize on that data to give our customers the most accurate, real-time view of the markets. The performance and scalability of YugabyteDB allows us to provide granular data in real-time to our high-profile clientele, combined with the Yugabyte Platform, which greatly simplifies operations and management. In addition, we have come to rely on the Yugabyte as key partners, providing us with a best-in-class distributed SQL platform and support.”  

Xignite provides customers with a scalable way to manage, control, and optimize real-time and reference data across traditional systems and cloud applications. It does this through its cloud-native market data platform that unifies financial data consumption and market data management—delivering clients a real-time view of market activity as a service via the cloud. However, serving financial services and fintech customers like Robinhood, SoFi, Investopedia, and BlackRock requires scaling as their data requirements change and grow, while still providing the high availability and high performance they need and expect.  

“When you’re building a leading market data management platform like Xignte, data accuracy and availability are absolutely imperative,'' said Karthik Raganathan, CTO and Co-Founder, Yugabyte. “Making sure customers have always-on access to real-time and reference data in a market with high–and continuously growing–volumes, sources, and types of data puts extensive demands on the scalability and performance of a database and the teams that support it. We are thrilled to be a partner to Xignite, eliminating their database pain points and enabling the Xignite team to invest more time and money in building new features for their customers.” 

As Xignite’s business grows, so does the amount and granularity of data, creating the need to quickly scale the database tier. Scaling Microsoft SQL Server on AWS with Amazon RDS was very challenging, requiring manual partitioning of data at the application layer, which was time-consuming and increased complexity. After trying MySQL and considering NoSQL solutions, Xiginite turned to Yugabyte to address its need for a database provider that could easily scale on-demand, future-proofing the company for continued growth. Yugabyte has seamlessly handled Xignite’s performance requirements for both reads and writes, and enabled the company to add capacity and scale quickly, with operational ease and no downtime.

Moving to YugabyteDB has enabled Xignite to scale to more than 11 terabytes of data, unlock new use cases that would not have been possible with the older technology stack, and achieve an overall cost savings of approximately 50% compared to SQL Server.

For further information on Xignite’s work with Yugabyte visit www.yugabyte.com/success-stories/xignite/

About Yugabyte
Yugabyte is the company behind YugabyteDB, the open source, high-performance distributed SQL database for building global, internet-scale applications. YugabyteDB serves business-critical applications with SQL query flexibility, high performance and cloud native agility, thus allowing enterprises to focus on business growth instead of complex data infrastructure management. It is trusted by companies in cybersecurity, financial markets, IoT, retail and e-commerce verticals. Founded in 2016 by former Facebook and Oracle engineers, Yugabyte is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Dell Technologies Capital. www.yugabyte.com.

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