E.J. Sutherland

E.J. Sutherland is senior vice president, information technology, at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer–RIA. With the firm since July 2011, he oversees the technology department, including personnel, software, infrastructure, and support. He is also responsible for technology planning and strategy and the management of Commonwealth’s technology investment portfolio. E.J. received his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his master’s in engineering management with a focus on information systems and information management from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, leading field artillery and aviation units.

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How Commonwealth Keeps Up with Trends in Financial Advisor Technology

When I Was a Bit Younger

Technology and Change

How Commonwealth Keeps Up with Trends in Financial Advisor Technology

Posted by E.J. Sutherland

October 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM

What do advisors expect from their broker/dealers when it comes to keeping up with trends in financial advisor technology? And how do broker/dealers deliver the tools and resources their advisors are asking for?

From cybersecurity to system integration, here I'll discuss some of the prominent trends that will continue to play a significant role for financial advisors in the years ahead—with a focus on how we meet (and exceed!) expectations here at Commonwealth.

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Topics: Technology

When I Was a Bit Younger

Posted by E.J. Sutherland

February 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

When I was a bit younger, I had to compose some documents for my military company. In the flight operations area, we had a new-fangled “personal computer” that had piqued my curiosity, so I decided to give it a try. I thought: “I have a degree in engineering. I fly attack helicopters. How hard can it be to use this TV with a keyboard?”

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Topics: Technology

Technology and Change

Posted by E.J. Sutherland

December 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The role of information technology (IT) organizations has evolved significantly over the last 30 years. In the early days, it was just about the bits and the bytes, the boxes that performed black magic, and technical engineering. But, over time, as technology played a larger and more impactful role in the success of businesses, a realization took shape.

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Topics: Technology

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