Read about Martin's innovations
Launching the world’s business networking site that increases business professionals productivity at work...
Martin pioneered the world’s first interactive business networking and productivity services site (launched on 18th August 2008 in the US and UK). www.talkbiznow.com is the most intuitive and effective business networking site in the global market today, promising to help connect business professionals to increase their network, but also helping professionals to be more effective in their daily business lives through the access of easy and simple to use productivity services. Click here to sign up to www.talkbiznow.com.
Press articles featured in: Forbes, Sky News, The Guardian
Tackling the big issues in IT, while transforming the business seminar market
Martin recently founded a new kind of business seminar called Technology of Tomorrow 08, at the Royal Albert Hall in London (and later in 08 in the US) that focuses on technology leadership, consumer experience and the impact of tomorrow's technology platforms. Martin built an audacious vision for tackling the biggest issues in technology and got the greatest leaders to join him to explore the issues. TOT2008 is unique as it focuses on telling the story 8 months before the event in exclusive video podcast interviews with the great leaders, and has built intentionally an eco-system around the event such as case studies, trailers, blog, podcasts and much more. It has brought together the finest leaders ever of its kind in front of 5000+ attendees at one of the world's finest venues. As well as raising the ceiling on quality, TOT2008 offers the seminar at 40-50% lower than any other seminar. It has literally turned the business seminar market on its head.
Obsession with IT Management innovation and solving IT's complexity conundrum
At JP Morgan and later in consulting, Martin built upon his foundation of convergence and automation experience and applied it to the processes that drove managing the IT Enterprise. Martin had been responsible for many of the processes at JP Morgan and understood a lot of the emerging principles at the time around business and service management, asset and financial management, portfolio and investment change and others. Martin could quickly predict how 'software and services' in the market would evolve to solve IT Management problems for CIO's and corporate IT departments. At the center of Martin's thinking was his belief that IT Management = less IT Complexity - and that this simple philosophy would lead to efficiency and effectiveness both in process maturity, staff training, and in software and services. From a software path, IT Management solutions could evolve through the experiences of ERP being applied to IT (see below). Martin would soon be asked to help companies like IBM, HP, CA and others in determining their visions for IT Management, and would help Venture Capital firms determine how smart investments in Enterprise Software could be realised through the market investing in IT Management. Martin's perspective was in demand and led him to speak at many conferences around the world while at JP Morgan and BearingPoint.
Setting the vision and building the first real ERP for IT system the market had seen
Before the IT Management software vendors such as IBM, HP, CA and others had integrated their software to deliver a single management platform, Martin was brought back to JP Morgan (now JP Morgan Chase) to help build a vision for their global infrastructure's management platform. Martin soon built and managed a global technology application that would see new innovation for the first time beating the market to emerging practices such as implementing an IT Services organization, building an IT Services-based catalogue, developing a first management language for IT (before ITIL), innovating and evolving cost recovery and chargeback theory, and developing modern IT financial management practices based upon a services-based organization. Martin had imagined a world that was not too different to manufacturing that could be applied to IT - managing supply and demand, and in doing so develop just-in-time principles that could be applied to demand management processes that would reside at the heart of this new ERP system for IT. It was built for the internet and intranet, using multi-dimensional modelling and advanced querying code and smart interfaces that could link to a vast array of legacy infrastructure systems. It still remains today one the key technological innovations of the management age that has spurred on a significant level of investment and innovation in the global enterprise software industry and forever changed the IT Management market.
Launched the first Corporate News Ticker
When the early internet pioneers where building news tickers such as Yahoo's, the BBC's (British Broadcasting Corporation) among others, Martin developed the market's first news ticker for the corporation, enabling the 'ticker bar' to be edited with corporate information. It became a secure way for trade information to be sent in seconds to desks around the world using this communication tool. Now, most banks and many other companies from different industries use Martin's technology to communicate real-time on their desktops with information ranging from current news, corporate news, product information and prices. Where there is a need to communicate real-time and at pace in a secure way, the corporate news ticker was a perfect vehicle. Later on, popular SMS Messaging technology was based on similar principles and technology.
Pioneering Rapid Application Development (RAD) principles and techniques
During Martin's time in investment banking, he saw the problems with IT operating models and silo-based technology functions that didn't partner well with the business. The challenge was getting business requirements turned into technology products when the business wanted them, as opposed to requirements being queued up like application development functions would often do. Martin was fascinated with the productivity revolution taking hold in the late 90's and the proliferation of the spreadsheets and databases solutions. His curiosity led him to architect and build a number of leading edge solutions around financial management, project management and communication that spawned a rapid application development culture and structure inside JP Morgan that would see the industry look up and listen to how technology products could be development quickly, securely and reliably using Extreme RAD principles and techniques. Under Martin's leadership, he built over 30 products across two companies that specialised in rapid application development. One particular innovation in itself was the case example for how financial management could deliver huge productivity savings in technology while addressing fast business requirements and control needs within investment banks - this was to be known as The Engine Concept - see below.
The Engine Concept - automating financial trades of investment banks
Martin was responsible for delivering a huge automation and cost reductions to middle office functions of investment banks through his pioneering thinking and delivery of the first object-oriented, multi-dimensional modelled financial management application that reconciled financial trades of investment banks. From dealers in the front office to the back office finance function - The Engine Concept could reconcile in seconds profit and loss and balance sheets for any financial product. This thinking became the inspiration for several software houses that soon realised how to help all investment banks using Martin's innovation. The Engine Concept still resides as part of the solutions in many investment banks today.