NAB has implemented a new function called “accelerating emerging technologies and engineering” in its architecture team, led by a former head of software engineering at HSBC.
The bank confirmed to iTnews who Joao (Joe) Alves had joined as Director of Accelerating Emerging Technologies and Engineering beginning this month.
Alves announced his appointment in a brief LinkedIn post last week.
He was previously based in London at HSBC, first as Senior Director of Global Middleware Engineering Strategy and then as Global Head of Hybrid Integration Platform Architecture, for seven years.
Prior to that, he was Vice President of Technology Infrastructure at Goldman Sachs in Brazil.
NAB said Alves “has been working in the distributed systems field for over 26 years.”
“Joe has enabled enterprises to take advantage of open technologies since the early days of the commercial Internet, and more recently with Kubernetes-based cloud-native stacks,” a NAB spokesperson said. iTnews.
“He has been a Google Anthos Client Design Partner since announcing the suite at Google Next 2018, helping influence the product stack and providing ongoing requirements and feedback across the entire product suite.”
NAB added Google to its multi-cloud mix in September 2019, also indicating at the time that it was interested in Anthos, a hybrid cloud solution that, among other features, allows users to manage workloads running on other clouds like AWS and Azure.
More generally, NAB confirmed that Accelerating Emerging Technologies and Engineering “is a new function at NAB, charged with leveraging modern and emerging technologies and standardizing model automation across the group.
“The function will work as part of NAB’s broader architecture team to optimize the use of technology to drive efficiency, innovation and agility; resulting in better experiences for customers,” he said.