DESIGNING ON UTOPIAS: TAKING A LESSON FROM ARCHITECTURE

Often, when we talk about the implementation of IT tools and applications for finance, we use terms borrowed from the lexicon of architecture. For instance, phrases such as “infrastructure design,” “interface design,” “user experience,” or “database architecture” all have roots in architectural design.

Designing a building and designing an IT system have far more in common than might appear at first glance. Both activities carry great responsibilityand imply the creation of an object (tangible in the one case, intangible in the other) that will be used by hundreds of people in order to meet their own needs. Additionally, both activities should be carried out flawlessly, by leveraging all available knowledge and technology and involving specialized professionals who can best understand the needs of their respective audiences. Leggi tutto “DESIGNING ON UTOPIAS: TAKING A LESSON FROM ARCHITECTURE”

MICHELANGELO AND THE ART OF THE FINANCIAL REPORTING

magine you’ve gone back in time – to 1512 in Rome. More specifically, you’re standing in the Sistine Chapel, watching the famous artist Michelangelo complete what will become known as “one of the absolute masterpieces of the Western art”.

Michelangelo has been working on the 500-square-meter painting for approximately four years. The work is painstaking and physically challenging. But finally, he is almost finished. You watch as he puts the final touches on an angel wing. Leggi tutto “MICHELANGELO AND THE ART OF THE FINANCIAL REPORTING”