Sophie McDonald is Head of Analytics at Options Technology,a global leader in fintech managed services.
A pupil at Rathmore Grammar School, she went on to study Business & IT at Queen’s University Belfast in 2011. Whilst completing her degree she worked at the New York Stock Exchange as a placement student, gaining exposure to the Belfast fintech sector, and subsequently decided on this area as her chosen career path.
Keen to work in a start-up/rapid growth company, she joined Options IT in 2015. Initially based in Belfast on the support desk, her duties took her across the globe to work directly with clients.
After Options invested in the Big Data Analytics tool Splunk, Sophie began using data to help solve some of the problems faced by the organisation’s customers.
To get a better understanding of what her clients needed, she travelled to NYC, London and other major fintech hubs to discuss needs with CTOs of 20 or so of their largest clients.
Having subsequently exposed a massive opportunity productize Options’ reporting offering, she has been working closely with clients and engineers to develop a portal which offers real time data and visualizations covering all aspects of their business… from server utilization to potential insider threats.
The roll-out is proving a great success with the project on course to hit target of £1m revenue within the next 18 months.