Swaminathan Mahalingam, better known as Mac is a successful architect with an extensive experience as a leader, manager and technology expert in financial services - Retail and Investment Banking. In his IT career he has played a variety of roles such as Senior Java Developer, Java Enterprise Applications Designer, Business Integration Managing Consultant, Integration Architect, Managing Technical Architect, Senior Technology Architect and Enterprise Architect. Whilst playing these roles, he has been responsible for architecture, design, development, and strategy. Mac has a vast international experience throughout the UK and Europe, in 60+ projects in 8+ countries. Mac is skilled at complex problem solving, has gut-level grasp of technology, with a creative urge and passion for excellence. His well-informed thought leadership ideas are hybrid concepts behind mainstream architectural approaches and styles. His blogs and articles clearly articulate his thoughts and ideas in a lucid way. He keeps himself abreast and has a birds eye view and a profound understanding of business and technological trends in the industry. With excellent verbal and written communication skills, he is a fluent communicator and adapts to different audiences: C-level, Senior Managerial, technical and non-technical. Previous employers include Finastra, FIS, Lloyds Bank Plc (Commercial Banking), Standard Bank Plc (Corporate & Investment Banking) and Sun Microsystems (now Oracle Corp) to name a few. Co-founder of a London-based Architects group called "Architect Exchange" focused on the new wave of architecture within both Business and Technology. Special Interests: Enterprise Architecture | Software Architecture | Design & Design Assurance | IT Architecture & Infrastructure Planning | Technology Integration | Business Intelligence | Data Security and Masking | Regulatory Compliance | Enterprise API | SaaS | Cloud adoption in Financial Services | Big Data | SOA | Digital Banking | Payments | Treasury & Capital Markets | AI/ML | DLT - Hyperledger