Intelligent Issue 05 | Page 3



Hello and welcome to the fifth edition of Intelligent Fin . tech . I hope you had a lovely month and enjoy the latest issue .

For our cover story , we speak to Yanna Winter , CIO of Generali Global Corporate and Commercial ( GC & C ) and Generali UK , who tells us about the company ’ s implementation of Okta ’ s solutions .
In 2018 , the company embarked on a sixyear Digital Transformation plan . It faced the difficult task of building a strategy that would serve everyone effectively . It also had to address any problems the business was facing , as well as have the ability to scale , all while remaining within budget .
Winter also needed a solution that optimised the company ’ s core focuses : innovation , multiple businesses and expensive . So , she turned to Okta . Winter tells us more on page 48 .
Our Editor ’ s Question continues from last month , further exploring how GDPR is helping to protect cross-border payments and customer data . Two experts share their thoughts and offer advice on page 25 .
With the security landscape constantly changing , it can be hard for professionals to know where to focus when planning security strategies . Our feature , on page 32 , aims to provide direction for executives , by highlighting the five most pressing themes in this space . Gustavo Gassman , Vice President & Head of Emerging Markets , HID , offers his thoughts about the latest emerging trends that businesses should be embracing this year .
Our Industry Outlook follows on from this , highlighting the importance of financial planning and analysis . Here , Andreas Simon , Regional Director MEA , Jedox , speaks to us about how businesses can tackle inflation with a smart financial strategy .
In conjunction with the UK ’ s fiscal year ending , Europe is the focus of our Regional Review this month . We explore how Northern Accountants , an accountancy general practice in Leeds , implemented WhisperClaims ’ R & D platform to confidently deliver tax services to its clients . Phil Ellerby , Founder of Northern Accountants , explains more on page 44 .
We strip it back in Off the Books , on page 60 , and speak to Robin Smith , Regional VP North America at Mambu , about life inside and outside of the office ,


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Finally , we speak to Gill McAteer , Director of Employment Law at Citation , on page 67 , about the five ways businesses can prepare for a recession and minimise the damage it may cause .
We also have a range of ‘ intelligent ’ pages , which feature the latest in the cloud , security , mobile , software , blockchain and Artificial Intelligence .
I hope you enjoy this issue and if you would like to contribute to any future editions then please do not hesitate to contact me .
Catherine Darwen , Editor www . intelligentfin . tech