Creating a Trading Floor: The Project Manager's Guide to the Design, Construction and Launch of Trading Floors and Data Centers

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9780749448387: Creating a Trading Floor: The Project Manager's Guide to the Design, Construction and Launch of Trading Floors and Data Centers
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The design and successful implementation of a new and technically ground-breaking trading floor is one of the most challenging and exciting projects a senior IT professional can undertake. Not only must the project arrive faultlessly to time, incorporating some of the most advanced technologies available, but it must do so within a highly regulated environment, complying with international legislation, data security and corporate governance.

Creating a Trading Floor, set to become the project manager's bible, draws on the author's vast experience to provide a uniquely authoritative and comprehensive reference source and practical step-by-step guide for project teams undertaking the design and implementation of new trading floors and data centres. Its core premise is that, although language and cultural issues must be addressed, the same rules of engagement, strategies and project management techniques can apply in all of the world's major financial centres - New York, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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About the Author:

Charles Smith has worked in information technology for over 35 years. Over 20 years of that has been in the development, project management, implementation and operation of trading systems, trading floors and technology infrastructure for financial markets in London, New York, the Middle East and Africa.

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Introduction

1 The starting point: business requirements

Number of people; Hours of business; Business deadlines; Types of business teams; Nature of business; Structure volatility; Colocation of teams; Build and environment quality; Resilience and business continuity; Security concerns; Publicity and marketing

2 Preparation

A clear plan is essential; Research; Cost constraints; Headcount to be accommodated; Desk plan; Chinese walls; Line of sight needs; Equipment and technology services to be housed; Space needed; Power needs; Heat needs; Cooling needs; Weight analysis; Noise analysis; Electromagnetic field (EMF) risks

3 Building the project team

Building the team; The project leader; The experts; Procurement and project admin officer; The steering group; Accountants; Lawyers; The workers; Trade unions; The landlord; Outsourced teams; Operational staff; Compliance and audit; Regulatory authorities; Insurers; Facilitation and training; Social activities; Team resilience

4 Communication planning

Formal meetings; Informal meetings; Walk the floor; Plans and drawings; Project Gantt chart; Feedback; Photographs; Central register; Software standards; Secure e-mail; Website; Change requests; Issues database; Social behaviour in foreign locations; Handling bad news; Handling the press and publicity

5 Contracts

Understanding the contract; Arriving at a contract document; Areas of contractual coverage; Constraints; Contract document change control; Evaluating contracts; Legal assistance; Warranties and insurances; Regulatory licensing; Publicity constraints

6 Initial planning

The main contractor; Outline schedule of events; Initial plan document; Union briefing; Management briefing

7 The project team equipment and facilities

Project area; Project site network; Laptop PCs; Voice telecoms; Meeting room; Toolkit; Whiteboard; Large-scale printer; Digital camera; Server; Software tools; Refreshments; Stationery supplies; Black n' Reds; First-aid kit; Safety equipment; Transport, shipping and collection; Storage; Residential accommodation; Foreign site assistance; Training; Build area; Test area; Test network

8 The budget and initial design

Initial budget; Budget control; Budget scope; Business continuity budget issues; The technology budget versus the building structure budget; The technology infrastructure budget versus the administration budget; New and old; Typical items for the IT infrastructure budget; Boundary IT infrastructure budget items; Capital versus revenue; Taxes, tariffs and duties; Sustainable development; Contingency issues; Asset register; Budget reduction; Approval process; Cost of delay; Cost of programme acceleration

9 Control

Project accountant; Purchase orders; Work orders; Delivery notes; Timesheets; Expenses; Desk database; Milestones; Project management methodology; Project calendar; Permit to work; Sign-off and certification; Standards; Phased payment; Asset register; Returns process; Security control; Change requests; Crisis control

10 The data centre layout

Cabinets; Racking; Earthquake zones; Cable containment and routes; Racking for telecoms equipment; UPS cabinets; AHU cabinets and pipework; Floor tile arrangement; Lighting; Corridors; Expansion; Doorways and service hatches; Ramps and steps; Storage; Power breaker cabinets; Emergency power off (EPO); Water handling; Business access needs - secure areas; Building structure (columns); Windows; Overhead services; Floor loading; Cooling; Fire suppressant system; Safety; Security; Cabling rooms, cupboards and risers

11 Cabling

Containment and protection; Routes; Kopex and other cable protection; Underfloor power distribution; Floor boxes; High-level power; Riser power; Common earth/grounding bonding; Data cabling; Abandoned cabling; Intelligent patches; Lightning protection

12 Trading desks

Selection and planning process; Desktop; Cable management; PC storage and access; Cooling; Screen mounting; PDU and power; Structured cabling; Earth bonding; Line of sight; Moving; Grommets or floor boxes; Spares; Desktop services

13 Office desks

Size and height; Power arrangements; Electrical safety; Cable management; Telephone provision; PC installation and screen mounting; Chairs; Access routes; Personal storage

14 Meeting rooms

The boardroom; Shielded rooms; Acoustics; Windows; Lighting; Utility wall space; Data cables; Boardroom table; Voice/video conferencing; Projectors and displays; Whiteboard; Podium; Meeting rooms

15 Miscellaneous rooms and areas

Reception area; Hot bed offices; Print room; Post room; Recreation areas; First aid; Toilets, washing and shower facilities; Kitchen; Storage; Precious documents; Build rooms; Help desk or service desk

16 Telecoms

Advice; Vendors; Services; Trader voice equipment; Implementation planning; Deployment; Training; Remote administration; DECT; Receptionist/operator facilities; Fax; Telex; Time clock; Public announcement system; Television, cable TV and satellite services; Video switching; Overhead display screens and speakers; Desktop video screens and speakers; Surveillance facilities; Voice and video conference facilities; Conference rooms; VCR and videotape recorders and players; Pager service; Telephone recorded messages; Telecoms database; Telecoms billing; Telecoms circuit ordering; Alternate PTT trunks; Corporate voice and data network; Business continuity management; Equipment maintenance; Disposals; Spares inventory; Asset recording; Moves, additions and changes to the system

17 Air conditioning

Advice; Cooling method considerations; Needs; Self-contained environment; Dust control; Resilience; Space; Air flows; Hot and cold aisles; Office areas; Trading desks; Commissioning the system

18 Cabinets and racking

Racking; Floor-standing cabinets; Wall-mounted cabinets; Patch panels; Serial data cable patches and servers; Cable management in racking and cabinets; Optical fibre; Labelling scheme and database; Service vendors' cabinets; Tidiness; Testing and supervision; Power control and connectors; Weight budgets and positioning; Security and lockboxes; Monitoring

19 Servers

Server mounting; Cabinet server positioning; Server cooling; Server power supply; Server remote access and KVM; Server network and HBAs; Server configuration; SAN and network-attached storage; Server virtualization and consolidation

20 Network equipment

Switches and routers; Firewalls; xDSL; Wireless LAN; Modems; Maintenance and support; Network topology and WAN; Supplier reliability and resilience; ISP services; KVM

21 Financial data services

Trading systems and settlement systems; Market data feeds; Permissioning; Resilience

22 Desktop PCs

Requirements; Power; Software builds; PC deployment; Identification; Security; Supplier agreements; Licensing; Service agreements

23 Clocks and time stamps

Time servers; Clocks; Back office and front office time stamps; Acceptance testing for time systems

24 The programme

The 'kick off' meetings; Establishing a site office; Meeting facilities; Deliveries; Site storage; Trolley, cherry picker and pallet lift; Lifts (elevators); Vehicle parking; Ladders and platforms; Rubbish; Protection; Noise; Power, heat and water; Lighting; Sanitary provisions and comfort; Landlord; Hours of construction; Working around construction workers; Working around IT people; Supervision; Site inspections; Budget; Method statements; Insurance; Project records; Access control; Communication; Progress monitoring; Project construction steering group; Project calendar ; Out of hours contact; Project directory

25 Testing during rollout

Electrical power testing; Equipment room testing; Air conditioning testing; Pressure test; Network and cabling testing; Penetration and security scanning; Voice testing; Voice recording tests; Line of sight testing; Server testing; Market data services testing; PC testing; Peripheral devices; Access control testing; Security policy audit; Building management system; Business continuity management; Support desk testing; User acceptance testing; Fault logging

26 Handover

Pre-handover meeting; Documentation; New staff; Floor walkers and training; Snag list; Personal devices; Location corrections; Spares; Service cutover; Launch party

27 Project wind-down

Contribution acknowledgements; Issues list; Variations and change requests; Retentions; Expenses; Returns and undelivered services; Budget closure; Disposals and lease terminations; Property release; Documentation; Post-project review

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