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Accenture MRDS to Complement Corporate Actions, Market Data

Accenture’s plans to roll out a Managed Reference Data Service (MRDS), based aroundon Asset Control’s Acdex outsourced data management offering (Reference Data Review, June 2004), is one of several data management initiatives under way at the big consulting firm. MRDS, for which Accenture has been distributing a white paper discussion document, sits alongside similar ventures…

Cicada Upgrades Rules Management on Composer

Cicada has upgraded the validation rules management capabilities of its reference data management platform, adding a graphical user interface allowing users to create, modify, delete or add business rules to data sources, both internal and external. The upgrade also adds a rights system for security, permissioning and modifying existing business rules. Finally, a new rules…

SunGard Forms Enterprise Unit To Develop Former Fame Business

Following its acquisition earlier this year of Fame Information Services, SunGard has unveiled a new corporate structure in the reference and market data area to accommodate its activities in securities administration and pricing services. The company has created a new group, SunGard Data Management Solutions, formed by the merger of Fame and SunGard Market Data…

In Search of the King of Holy Grails: ROI

Return on investment is a recurring theme in reference data management. And the reason seems to be that no one can figure out how to measure it. Recent issues of Reference Data Review have been littered with references – excuse the pun – to the importance of managing expectations with respect to ROI on enterprise-wide…

Clarification: Asset Control/Crosswalk

In the June issue of Reference Data Review, we incorrectly stated that Asset Control has entered a deal to carry data from Telekurs’, Standard & Poor’s and Dun & Bradstreet’s joint Crosswalk initiative. Asset Control has stated an interest in this data but a deal has not yet been secured.

Soliton Extends TimeSquare to Handle FT Interactive Data

Reference data management supplier Soliton has added FT Interactive Data’s securities pricing feeds in the U.K. and Europe to its TimeSquare platform. The move is part of Soliton’s drive to add the major data vendors to its library of acquisition workflows. The term ‘acquisition workflow’ refers to the end-to-end process of loading, mapping, checking and…

WestLB Spinoff NRW Bank Opts for SunGard ePI for Reconciliations

NRW Bank – based in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region and spun off by the recent reorganization of WestDeutsche Landsbank Girozentrale – has selected SunGard ePI’s IntelliMatch platform for automated reconciliations. IntelliMatch reconciles transaction data with back-office systems, drawing upon a core reference database to identify traded securities (Reference Data Review, March 2004).

Mizuho International Picks XcitekSolutionsPlus for CA Automation

London-based Mizuho International has signed up for XcitekSolutionsPlus’s XSP platform for automation of corporate actions data, marking the second European contract for the U.S.-based vendor this year. The selection followed evaluation of “several corporate actions system providers,” according to John Sweeney, executive director of securities services at Mizuho. Invesco’s European offices signed up for XSP…

DTCC Unveils Smart/Source Event, Reference Data Service

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) has introduced Smart/Source, offering online, Internet-based access to the security and reference data it collects and maintains for the more than two million securities eligible for processing by its Depository Trust Co. unit. DTCC is a major source of corporate event and reference data. The new service can…

Brewin Consulting Launches Reference Data Diagnostic

U.K. consultants Brewin Consulting has introduced Reference Data Diagnostic, which helps financial institutions understand and tackle data quality issues around reference data. The system offers analysis on why quality of certain data is poor and offers suggestions on how to improved it. At the heart of the system is a reference data rule base that…