Drum roll please as we announce the nominations for the FTF News Technology Innovation Awards for 2020.
Since 2011, FTF has been leading the effort to honor achievement among securities operations professionals in categories ranging from the venerable “Best Corporate Actions Processing Solution” to emerging areas of great interest such as “Best Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Implementation.”
The FTF Awards process is a chance to celebrate securities industry professionals, financial technology vendors, service providers, industry bodies, regulators and qualified industry participants that had breakthroughs, made significant strides, or achieved excellence in post-trade and related operations during 2019.
Unlike other awards efforts, we decided at the start that operations professionals should select their peers for the winners’ circle in all but the Editor’s Choice award categories. We felt then and do now that those responsible for the day-to-day operations at global securities firms are the best judges of the winners, and are ultimately the ones leading the charge for excellence.
As for the rules, individuals cannot vote for their own companies, which includes public relations/marketing/etc. concerns that represent and/or promote the nominees, or represent a subsidiary or parent company of the nominee. To keep things fair, those votes will be automatically disqualified.
For obvious reasons, we do not allow spouses, siblings, children, parents, grandparents, random friends, Ancient aliens, or loving pets to participate in the voting process. Those votes via business e-mail addresses will be considered as valid. Those votes from personal e-mail addresses will not be counted.
We do want votes from actual industry peers, clients, and other relevant capital markets industry professionals. We encourage our nominees to ask their end-user clients to participate in the voting process — if their clients allow such endorsements of solution and service providers.
So, the voting officially began on Monday, February 17, and will continue until April 17. We will announce all of the winners on May 15.
The actual awards will be presented to winners on Thursday, June 25, at The Loeb Boathouse, located in Central Park, in the heart of Manhattan.
Lastly, we want to congratulate all of the nominees and wish them the best of luck as we move into the voting phase. The complete list of the 2020 categories and nominees can be found here: http://bit.ly/39IKAso