Information Technology Projects Course

Professor Arthur Goldberg
Computer Science Department
Fall 2004
Project Proposal


Company Description

As their web site states, this summarizes Lehman:

Lehman Brothers, an innovator in global finance, serves the financial needs of corporations, governments and municipalities, institutional clients, and high-net-worth individuals worldwide. Founded in 1850, Lehman Brothers maintains leadership positions in equity and fixed income sales, trading and research, investment banking, private equity, and private client services. The firm is headquartered in New York, London, and Tokyo and operates in a network of offices around the world.

Lehman's goal is for their clients to view them as their #1 strategic partner.  Their technology team is responsible for providing the computational tools to Sales, Trading, Research, Account Management and Senior Management to help accomplish this goal.

Proposal: Design and Prototype a Search Tool

The IT group has had many requests for power searches of Lehman's CRM data, and data stored in the Sales reporting suite.

Their initial thoughts about building such a system would be to architect a search system analogous to the Google Deskbar, which "enables you to search with Google from any application without lifting your fingers from the keyboard. Installs easily in your Windows taskbar."  Basically, Google Deskbar creates a Google search engine that is always open on the taskbar.  The user can enters Google search words and perform a quick search which launches a mini browser to display the results.

The idea would be create a "Lehman Deskbar", which would support search of many of Lehman's data sources at anytime with a single keystroke.  For example, the "Lehman Deskbar" would search journals, activity, news and return some relevant 'finds' across GOAL etc.

This application would involve several components:
These would need to be integrated together with reliable, clean interfaces.
This project should deliver the following:

"Students might need to sign an NDA to participate in this project.  Students that work for a Lehman competitor might not be eligible to participate."

Intern Address

70 Hudson 11th Floor
Jersey City, NJ
Path train to Exchange Place, then walk 2 block south.  The building is right on the Hudson.

Authorizing manager

Steven Silberstein, CIO,

Project manager

Roben Dunkin, 201 499 3332,

Meeting hours


Resources that will be made available to students

PCs, desk space, and access to the applications that will be searched