Building NextGen Enterprise data platforms – breaking silos, standardizing models & availability at scale

About the talk

In this talk Graham Cousins & Edin Zajmovic of Thomson Reuters will talk about the organisation’s experience of building the first Financial Services Knowledge Graph and Enterprise Linked Data Platform. Big, Open, Linked Data (BOLD) is a first of its kind pioneering initiative within Financial Services which is integrating disparate structured and unstructured data sources into a unified data fabric using Semantic Web and Linked Data approaches. The platform enables Banks, Pension Funds, Private Equity investors, Asset Managers and other financial services organisations to analyse both internal data sets and Thomson Reuters’ products in new ways leveraging a state of the art connected data toolkit.

In the talk Graham and Edin will talk about the use cases, opportunities and challenges faced in building the largest Financial Services Knowledge Graph and Linked Data Platform in Financial Services. The industry is perhaps one of the most siloed industries globally with respect to data management with numerous siloes and adoption of linked data is still relatively immature. However the opportunities within Financial Services to deploy Connected Data applications are pervasive and interest in adopting these approaches is rapidly growing as the possibilities of new approaches to Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Ethical Investing and other areas become clearer.

Graham and Edin will also discuss challenges such as leveraging new data modelling techniques, data quality and ingestion challenges and new content delivery models within Financial Services. They will talk about how Thomson Reuters are using Natural Language Processing (NLP) and other content mining techniques to create structured datasets from Thomson Reuters vast unstructured data resources covering areas such as news and financial research. Thomson Reuters’ approach to Technical standards and leadership in the adoption of common identifiers / URIs for companies, financial products and other entities through their PermID initiative will also be discusssed.


Thomson Reuters are the first data vendor to market with a Linked Data platform in Financial Services

About the speakers

Graham Cousins, CTO of Platform Central Technology


Reporting to the Thomson Reuters’ CTO, Graham leads the Enterprise Platform Group which involves building and implementing common solutions across various businesses to converge on the TR technology strategy, reduce overall cost of ownership and, most importantly perhaps, drive growth. Common solutions and platforms include Search, Identity, News feeds, and many others. Graham is also responsible for the Enterprise Content Platform (ECP) which encompasses a wide range of content capabilities and is predicated on Big Data technologies. The ECP is focused on aggregating, connecting and mining the range of Thomson Reuters content to drive new insights and value propositions. Tools and standards also allow our customers to extend this content ecosystem by connecting their own content using common predicates.

Graham has held a number CTO roles across different businesses and regions and has been with Reuters, then Thomson, and now Thomson Reuters for the majority of his career. Prior to TR, Graham spent time in the software and consultancy sector, as well as actuarial science; the latter an inevitable product of a Mathematics degree.


Edin Zajmovic, Director of BOLD


Edin Zajmovic is Director for Big, Open, Linked, Data Solutions for Thomson-Reuters. This role involves managing the Business and product strategy for TR’s next generation Big-data related content & technology solutions. Prior to managing BOLD Solutions he was the Director of Investment Management business for Thomson-Reuters EMEA region which involved managing the product strategy for asset management product lines serving Investment management professionals in the EMEA region. Prior to joining Thomson-Reuters in 2014 he held various roles primarily in commercial management, as the head of Global and UK strategic accounts at financial software provider – FactSet Research Systems. Before this he ran account management for FactSet’s large US Northeast Investment management firms and was based in Boston, USA. He started his career as a consultant with FactSet Research systems in Boston, USA. He has a Masters Degree in Finance/Economics and a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship.