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Introducing NEO, Innovant’s New High Performance Trading Desk

After galvanizing the market leadership position established with its FORm family, Innovant is proud to introduce its next-generation trading desk, NEO.

NEO trading desks are engineered to be height adjustable, but can be specified as fixed height. Day-2 conversion to adjustable height is a quick and simple process, saving clients time and money. Available in four standard configurations, NEO accommodates various CPU containment requirements. All four options feature sophisticated cable management, easy equipment installation or access, and state-of-the-art thermal management.

“NEO is a game changer. Its performance, features, and aesthetics set a new benchmark for trading desks,” explains Bruce Wells, Director of Marketing & Design at Innovant.

Incorporating the unparalleled quality and workmanship of all Innovant products, NEO boasts exceptional technology integration and aesthetics. NEO also offers the critical sustainability and wellness features required in today’s workplace. Bolstered by Innovant’s trademark excellence in tailoring and global manufacturing capabilities, NEO is boldly positioned to expand Innovant’s market leadership worldwide.

For more information about NEO, please visit http://www.innovantfurniture.com/neo.

About Innovant: Innovant is a renowned industry leader creating intelligent, adaptable furniture for the modern workplace. For over a quarter century, Innovant has proven itself the preeminent trading desk manufacturer of North America. More than half of the twenty largest global investment banks in the US consider Innovant their standard trading desk manufacturer. With a flagship showroom located in New York, Innovant maintains a worldwide network of offices and showrooms spanning North America, Europe and Asia.

Expert Series: Can trading desk design affect productivity of the trader?

by Bruce Wells, Director of Marketing & Development

imageFor decades, trading desk manufacturers have attempted to leapfrog each other’s product value by building what I have always called “the better mousetrap.” Predominantly, this has involved a never-ending development cycle to improve the performance of IT and cable management as technology changes from year to year and client to client, which ultimately results in faster, more efficient moves, adds and changes. This design evolution, however, has mostly effected the efficiency of the IT and facilities support teams that keep the trading floor functioning.  

One noticeable design evolution, for which I believe trading desk manufacturers deserve significant credit, is the development of multi-screen monitor arm products. These now ubiquitous products directly improve user productivity. However, my experience tells me that monitor arm selection for the trading room continues to lie in the hands of IT as they are the ones tasked with installing, relocating and servicing the product, not the traders.

So, can we say that trading desk design development over the past two decades has had a direct impact on the productivity of the traders themselves? No doubt, some in our field will take offense to this question. Designers and engineers of leading trading desk manufacturers take great pride in their work, seeing their efforts as sophisticated, unique and forward-thinking. These meticulous efforts are all undertaken in the name of delivering ROI and garnering respect amongst IT leaders and facility management in the financial marketplace. 

Over the past 18 years I have been involved in the development of four highly successful trading desk product lines that have been deployed worldwide by many of the most prestigious financial institutions. But when a marketplace design consultant recently asked me, “Can you help me understand how trading desk design directly impacts trader productivity?” I had to acknowledge the reality that this has not been the focus of trading desk manufacturers because our “client” is largely facilities and IT, not the end user. Most trading desks, irrespective of manufacturer and internal design, are essentially the same in: height (including adjustable height), depth, legroom, width, etc. – all predetermined by industry norms or client standards.  Additionally, notwithstanding noticeable variances in workmanship and design quality, all trading desks are fundamentally made of the same materials. With such limitations, what can be done in trading desk design to boost trader productivity without sacrificing the impact on those who service the trading desks and the technology within them?

In the coming weeks I will be posting some personal conclusions from my experiences within the niche world of the trading floor. I will also discuss some of the exciting new furniture designs and workplace strategies being deployed outside of the financial sector by some of the fastest growing companies in the world.  I can tell you from recent experience that these bold moves will inevitably draw attention from Wall Street.

Fordham University follows Contract Magazine’s Higher Ed Interior Design Trend  
  In its March 2013 issue,  Contract Magazine  devoted its pages to the topic of Higher Education, stating that higher ed “has gone the way of modern office interiors. The traditional institutional aesthetic has been replaced with design-savvy environments… In other words, all the factors that correlate with how learning has changed globally.”  
   Fordham University  recently followed suit as the new  Gabelli School of Business  opened its doors in the fall of 2012. Now a progressive learning environment, the space reflects the state of the art, technology and tools used in the modern workplace. In order to emulate some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fordham selected  Innovant  to furnish the business school’s forty-seat trading room. Today, the trading room is popular with students and faculty alike.   
   To learn more about this installation, read the case study  here .

Fordham University follows Contract Magazine’s Higher Ed Interior Design Trend

In its March 2013 issue, Contract Magazine devoted its pages to the topic of Higher Education, stating that higher ed “has gone the way of modern office interiors. The traditional institutional aesthetic has been replaced with design-savvy environments… In other words, all the factors that correlate with how learning has changed globally.”

Fordham University recently followed suit as the new Gabelli School of Business opened its doors in the fall of 2012. Now a progressive learning environment, the space reflects the state of the art, technology and tools used in the modern workplace. In order to emulate some of the world’s largest financial institutions, Fordham selected Innovant to furnish the business school’s forty-seat trading room. Today, the trading room is popular with students and faculty alike.

To learn more about this installation, read the case study here.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution   More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.   The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,    “I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.    The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

FORm_office  a New Standard at Major Financial Institution

More than 2000 employees will be moving from a traditional cubicle environment to bench workstations within the next 18 months. The requirements are focused on real estate efficiencies, such as footprint and densification, as well as effective user tools- ample personal storage, technical flexibility, brand expression, and collaboration.  LEED and sustainable achievements were also major factors in the selection process.
 
The client team selected Innovant over the competition for two reasons: the ability to provide a clean, intelligent, tailored solution and an experienced, consultative team. When proposing the Innovant package to senior management at this Fortune 100 company, the lead client project team member said,

“I remembered your message to us that ‘Innovant provides a tailored solution that doesn’t include custom pricing’. It hit home with our management team who were making the decision”.
 
The first projects are based in New York, where the client is consolidating their real estate portfolio to two locations. National and global projects are forecasted in the next few years.

FORm Review from Wille Design

“For a recent client located in the San Francisco area, we provided the Form product for their command and control centers and in their training area. Form was the right fit for their complexity and ability to manage change over the long term. After the installation was complete, the customer, of their own initiative, expanded the extent of product and areas to receive Innovant’s Form product. I think that speaks for itself. The customer’s IT services team were also extremely impressed with the accessibility and ease of integrating their technology requirements within the consoles. Innovant’s consoles have now been successfully installed in several of facilities with very positive reception in all instances." Read More>

- Robin Wille, LEED AP, President at Wille Design

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Announcing Our New San Francisco Office

Announcing Our New San Francisco Office

Innovant has established itself as a leading provider of tailored, clean and intelligent benching furniture on the east coast with it’s FORm_office product range. In October we opened our first San Francisco office at One Market Street led by Western Regional Business Development Manager George Schoenwald.

To contact our San Francisco Office 
Email: gschoenwald@innovant.com  

Big Win for Innovant!

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Modern Benching for Traders

Innovant recently installed 74 FORm_office™ S4T trading positions for a Strategic Investment management firm in Mid-town Manhattan. Working closely with architects from HLW International to provide traders with an optimal ergonomic workstation and office space; providing comfort for what is often 10 and 12 hour work days.

The layout of the office space is open with floor to ceiling windows and an abundance of natural light. The sleek modern design of Innovant’s FORm_office S4T benching system contributes to the space’s overall contemporary feel. Each desk provides technology support both above and below the work surface. Built in to the desktop are power and data ports for the user’s convenience.  The large work surfaces and ample storage allow for the perfect balance of an open office feeling and sense of personal space. 

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Innovant Featured in July Issue of Interior Design Magazine

         
On most trading floors around the world, the work environment seems to be one aspect that they all have in common. Traders hectically run around all day long, intensely keeping their eyes on the news tracker, making sure to be ready at any moment to make a deal to buy or sell their shares in companies around the world. This stressful image is something you won’t see at this Chicago financial services firm featured in the July issue of Interior Design Magazine. This 75,000 square-foot space, designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will, exudes an air of tranquility and peacefulness.  The beautiful office is defined by its organic nature and leaves many astounded by how all the elements of the space fit together perfectly. Natural light floods into the space through the walls of windows that wrap around the sidewalls, and are further emphasized by the tapering structural columns, which appear as though they are descending from the maple-veneered cloud canopy ceiling.                                                                                                      

 
Throughout the space one key element that allows the traders to connect their work with their office surroundings is through their desk. It is the single element where the technology and organic nature of the floor meet at a single point. Innovant’s FORm_office S120 desks were picked as the perfect medium to connect these two opposing elements together. The desks extend the organic nature of the office beyond just the solid structural walls, by seamlessly integrating the core elements of the business with the design aesthetic envisioned for the space. They combine both the white and maple surfaces used for the ceiling and walls to create a single platform, which wraps around the entire floor to connect the entire space. Managing Principal Tom Kasznia from Perkins + Will said, “Natural elements, for example how water flows, gave us ideas for shape clustered desking systems for all open office areas allowing for one aesthetic to create a visual flow. The fully system addresses the traders’ needs specifically.” The S120 desk greatly appealed to a space, which was designed around these structural columns, as its flexible nature allowed for it to be conformed to the layout of the design.


Looking through the magazine it is clear that this office stands apart from the typical high stress setting of most financial services offices. With light flooding in from all angles, and further complemented by the white and maple surfaces, the traders can immerse themselves in their work without having to be constantly reminded that they are stuck in an office. The peacefully tranquil office setting allows this stressful working environment to be calmed down to one that is constantly reminded of the natural elements of life beyond the working walls. Innovant’s desks allow for this seamless integration to happen between the organic natural elements and their highly technological business core. It’s an office that has the ability to inspire those within it, providing a clear definition for what the modern workplace should be. 

 


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