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Ascendant and ipushpull Partner on Digital Transformation Drive

The playing field on which financial services firms are contending is changing. Past competitive playing fields, such as alpha generation or trading strategies, are becoming less important ways for firms to generate revenue – and instead, in their bread-and-butter businesses, firms are focused on either reducing or optimising costs. And technology is playing a major…

LSE in Talks with Refinitiv on $27 Billion Merger Deal

News broke over the weekend that the London Stock Exchange (LSE) is in talks with Refinitiv to take over the former risk and finance unit of Thomson Reuters, in a transaction valued at $27 billion. Should it come to pass – and given the specificity of press reports, it seems it most likely will –…

How to Avoid a Data Management Headache Post M&A

By Devendra Bhudia, Solutions Director for Enterprise Data Management at IHS Markit. Earlier this year, Invesco’s chief executive, Martin Flanagan, was quoted as saying that “a third of the asset management industry could disappear over the next five years”. This followed Invesco’s acquisition of OppenheimerFunds and supports Flanagan’s comment that “scale matters more than ever”….

MarkLogic Responds to the Data Management Challenges of GDPR

This week’s big reveal of the ICO’s intention to fine British Airways £183.39 million for infringements of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sent shock waves through industry, with an aftershock coming later in the week when the ICO issued a second notice, this time noting its intention to fine Marriott International £99,200,396 for GDPR breaches….

Data Virtuality Breaks Data Management Mould with Logical Data Warehouse

Data Virtuality has broken the traditional data management mould with Logical Data Warehouse (LDW), a solution that combines the flexibility of a data virtualisation engine with extract, transfer and load (ETL) tools. It includes 200 connectors to data sources and consumption tools, allows users to access data in real time, and uses SQL language to…

The Essence of Digital Transformation is Data and the Message – Don’t Give Up

Digital transformation is all the rage among financial institutions, but it comes with significant data management challenges and can hit the wall if it is not underpinned with a strong data foundation and the right skills. That said, an audience poll on the status of digital transformation projects run during an A-Team Group webinar this…

Recorded Webinar: Building the data foundations for your digital transformation journey

Digital transformation is a requirement to succeed in today’s information economy. As business leaders begin to acknowledge this necessity, they seek to navigate a successful path to digitisation, but they must start with a foundation of data understanding, maturity and trust – a crucial prerequisite for the digital transformation adventure. This webinar will consider the…

SS&C upgrades Advent solutions

SS&C Technologies has released version 19.1 of its Advent portfolio management solutions. The Advent products, acquired in 2015, include Advent Portfolio Exchange (APX), a portfolio accounting and reporting solution that includes a new API for portfolios and token-based authentication capabilities. APX regulatory reporting is also improved. Advent Genesis, a cloud-based rebalancing, portfolio construction and trade…

Addressing the Challenges and Realising the Benefits of a ‘Cloud First’ Policy

By Andy Mather, European Financial Services Industry Specialist, Telstra. The move to a ‘cloud first’ policy by financial firms is a tantalising idea. After all, which chief technology officer wouldn’t want to seriously reduce their company’s on-premise compute and storage costs, while at the same time boosting agility and ability to profit from new, innovative,…

A Guide to Getting Data Management Right on the Buy-Side

Buy-side firms have developed data management capabilities exponentially over recent years, driven by regulatory requirements, but continually challenged by pressure on budgets, selecting suitable solutions, and sourcing and maintaining good quality data. Naomi Clarke, chief data officer at MSAmlin, and a speaker on a recent A-Team Group webinar sponsored by the SmartStream Reference Data Utility…