Anibal DosSantos – Speaker interview

Anibal Dos Santos

Anibal started as “C” and “Cobol” developer in 1998 and mainly working in the financial sector. In April 2000, he joined the Deutsche Bank group as Java developer and, during last 17 years, Anibal owned several roles: IT infrastructure architect, Innovation “evangelist”, solution architect, project manager and, currently, digital lead engineer.

Q. You’re speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest in March. Tell us a bit about your session.

The main objective of my speech is to share with the audience a real experience, my personal one, as former developer in the financial sector. Share some interesting food for thought about challenges and the opportunity I found during my last 17 years in this area and few years back in the retail sector. I sincerely hope that, by doing so, I can also start offline discussions, maybe during the networking session or through socials so, in turn, I can learn from the audience new solutions or possible alternative approaches.

Q. Why is the subject matter important?

I guess that, in the past, the financial services sector was not so attractive for, what I call, “digital” developers. In reality, this industry is becoming more and more “digital” in term of tools, solutions and also organization. Developers can really play a central role here to steer this transformation.

Q. Who should attend your session?

People with different skills can attend it. Also skilled developers without experience on the overall bank IT landscape can find it interesting. Or this is what I hope!

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session?

As I wrote, I’ll share my experience. Nothing good or bad, just an experience that started as a Cobol developer in mainframe based environment and evolved to become lead engineer for the digital transformation. I hope that someone will find it interesting and, moreover, will reconsider banks under a different perspective. The huge number of fintechs coupled with increasing investments made by banks in the digital world are demonstrating that this can be the right place to be, to apply forefront technologies to the emerging business models.

Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what else are you excited about for 2017?

I believe this and next year will be quite challenging but also full of opportunities for talented developers which aim to create disruptive experience thanks to the new upcoming digital channels such as bot, AI and so on. But this might be a topic for a new interesting edition of Voxxed days…

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