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Strategic Partnership Lecture Series - Refinitiv Lecture “Why Cloud? Enabling Elektron Real Time through Hybrid IT"

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NTU invites you to join us for the first of our new Strategic Partnership Lecture Series “Why Cloud?” where students and guests will have the opportunity to hear and learn from one of the world’s leading technologists, Stuart Bunyan, at Refinitiv.

  • From: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 20 March 2019, 3 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 3, Clifton Teaching and Learning Building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 19 March 2019, 5.00 pm
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In the 1990s Reuters owned and operated the largest private network in the world, itself spanning multiple private datacenters and customers in the United States, Europe and Asia.  The period since then has seen truly seismic changes and events across the information technology realm, from the Y2K bug, through to the dotcom bubble, not to mention the near ubiquitous adoption of high bandwidth internet connectivity.  This in turn has driven enormous change in terms of how we do business, keep in touch, share information, and otherwise automate our lives in ways that we could barely conceive.  Many of the technology giants that are now household names grew from nothing to become the biggest companies in the world in under a decade.

But how did these companies grow so quickly?  Part of the answer is Cloud Computing.  Information Technology is a commodity, to the extent that a datacenter is as much a technology risk as it is a technology asset.  Why do companies invest in maintaining their own buildings, power, infrastructure, middleware, and software, when there are established IaaS, PaaS and SaaS capabilities available on pay-per-use basis?  Cloud computing offers a way for businesses to free themselves from the complexity and cost of technology ownership, and enables them to unleash growth through incredible scale, not to mention a wealth of middleware, software, and services that can be woven into truly compelling products.  Elektron Real Time is an established technology and product platform, but all such platforms must evolve to ensure they remain relevant, reliable, secure and cost effective. Elektron Real Time’s shift to cloud is now well underway, and during this lecture we will explore how Elektron has evolved, with particular focus on how cloud is enabling us to reach new customers and optimize our ROI.


  • Unique opportunity to learn first-hand experience from a world-leading technologist
  • Hear a worked example of how to evolve and deploy an enterprise architecture to support a highly distributed technology platform based on cloud technology
  • Understand the rewards and challenges of working as an Architect in a global financial technology organisation
  • Build industry insight, help shape your future career in technology
  • Ask any questions you may have for Stuart

Speaker - Stuart Bunyan

Stuart Bunyan leads the architecture team responsible for the design, technology strategy and governance of Refinitiv’s Elektron Real Time platform. His technology career began in 1998 after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Physics with Astrophysics.  After a number of roles in desktop application development, his real time market data career started in 2002 with Gissing Software, a company that specialised in market data platform integration and publication products.  Stuart joined Gissing as employee number 11, and was a key member of a small team of technologists who helped the company to deliver its exit strategy when it was acquired by Reuters in 2007.  Since then, Stuart has held a number of technology roles within Reuters, later Thomson Reuters, later Refinitiv, becoming Director of Elektron Real Time Architecture in February 2019.  Elektron Real Time is a key platform within Refinitiv, noting a universe of over 70,000,000 real time instruments, as well as the 7,000,000 updates per second that traverse the network with an end-to-end target latency of 4 milliseconds.   The platform is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of customers around the globe to provide them with the insight they need to make informed trading decisions.

Stuart relocated to Nottinghamshire in 2017 after having spent 19 years living and working in London.  Outside of work, Stuart has a young family, and enjoys pretty much all forms of cycling, especially cross-country mountain biking.

About Refinitiv

Our insights, technologies and deep market knowledge, help customers and partners make the best use of our world-class data to drive performance and innovation, and move from big ideas to big results.

With today’s leading data, analytics, trading, and risk assessment tools like EikonElektronFXall, and World-Check, we connect you to greater opportunity in the world’s financial markets to trade smarter and faster, overcome regulatory challenges, and scale intelligently.

Formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters, we’re now a new company built on a unique open platform, high performance products, and best-in-class data.

In the face of unparalleled industry change, we’re drawing on our deep knowledge and heritage of objectivity to drive performance and innovation with our customers and partners


13:00 – Arrival and Welcome

13:10 – Lecture Commences

14:00 – Questions to Stuart

14:15 – Refreshments and canapés

15:00 – Close

Location details


Lecture Theatre 3
Clifton Teaching and Learning Building
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS

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