We have a highly skilled, experienced and diverse workforce at AQMetrics. Today, we introduce you to our Chief Technology Officer, Steve Barnes.
Chief Technology Officer.
Describe your job in three words:
Busy, involved, interesting.
What are you working on right now?
The Engineering team are putting the final touches on the new Liquidity Risk Control application we have built in advance of ESMA’s September deadline. It will help the fund manager and their risk team monitor the liquidity risk in their portfolios not only across their asset classes but also taking into consideration the risk profile of their investor base
What does a typical day look like?
I’ll start by checking my emails and ensuring I responded to everything I was supposed to yesterday! I watch for the automated emails telling me that our cloud platform is humming along nicely with no performance degradation or high error rates across our many business applications.
Then I’ll usually spend the remainder of the day catching up with the engineering team members who have all been working remotely since March, and ensure in-flight projects are moving smoothly.
Apart from this, I continuously review progress on any new initiatives and deal with any issues or questions the team have. And much more in between.
How has your background helped with your role in AQMetrics?
My various roles in companies since I started working out of college have always been technical in nature. I have spent the past 20 years working in fintech in different countries, and I’ve been able to appreciate how the AQMetrics’ cloud first strategy, with a SaaS model, is so different to the on-prem solutions I’ve worked on before. Now it’s trying to perfect that model for our clients, which I think we have.
Best thing about working in AQMetrics?
The AQMetrics team is amazing to work with. We have such diverse backgrounds that you can always get the viewpoints you need to see our software in a different way, which helps us build a better platform every time. We also have great relationships with our clients, and this is very helpful when trying to perfect or tweak any software or programs to their needs.
What websites do you visit the most?
I’m constantly scrolling through Twitter on my phone for what’s going on in the world.
True to my background, I follow a lot of technology companies and people and watch how they operate. It gives me a view of how another person might do my job. Wiggle is another website I’m always on looking for new running or cycling things to buy that I don’t really need.
Tell us something about yourself we don’t know.
I used to do a form of full contact Karate called Kyokushin. I had to give it up as I found I couldn’t explain the constant bruises to clients I was visiting as a consultant.