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Why Settle for Less in the Front Office?
Commentary  |  8/28/2014  | 
Recent research shows that sell-side firms are less than satisfied with their order management system (OMS) technology. Many front offices, however, continue to make do with their current solutions. Are they selling themselves short?
BYOD Policy: Don't Reinvent the Wheel
Commentary  |  8/27/2014  | 
Financial firms still feel overwhelmed by BYOD risks and challenges. But these can be addressed by a good policy, and the guidelines are already out there.
The BYOD Challenge
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
Having a policy in place to manage mobile devices used by employees for work purposes is necessary in this current day.
Getting Onboarding Right in the Age of the Customer
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
Disparate “Frankenstein” systems slow down the onboarding process and impede customer service, says Pegasystems.
Performance Monitoring Key to Smooth Infrastructure Modernization
Commentary  |  8/26/2014  | 
As banks consider how to shift infrastructure and storage solutions, they can’t afford to lose visibility into performance.
Accuracy in the Financial Data Supply Chain
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Some of the best-practices from the retail world’s physical supply chain, including data standards and visibility, can be leveraged for efficiency in financial services.
Business Continuity 2.0: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
What would happen with a long-term outage to financial systems or the nation’s critical infrastructure? Businesses aren’t even close to being prepared.
Using RPA in Banking to Streamline Development
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
As the returns on outsourcing decline, firms are looking for other ways to increase efficiency and reduce costs in the IT organization. Robotic Process Automation may help.
SEC Vote Is Drama for the Masses, With No Happily Ever After
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
All of them hoped it would never come to this.
Driving Information Security, From Silicon Valley to Detroit
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
As software interacts with more and more of our daily lives, technology providers may be liable for more damages than they have in the recent past.
Big Data's Challenge: Matching Business Needs With Technology
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
All those bits and bytes only add up to something when they’re organized, arranged, and made coherent.
Single Source, Many Truths
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
If the data quality is not at fault, why then might departments reject the data? The answer is that there are two aspects to data quality: factual correctness and contextual correctness.
Predictions Come True as Regulators Swoop
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
While two out of the five capital markets predictions from July have already come true, let's hope that all five don't actually happen.
IBOR Before It Was "IBOR"
Commentary  |  8/19/2014  | 
While its catchy new nomenclature and explosion in popularity has given the outside world an impression that it is novel, the same conversations about it were happening twenty years ago. So why then is IBOR the latest buzz word for firms today?
SEC Reforms: What Floating NAVs Mean for Money Market Funds & Accounting Software
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Money market accounts are a $2.6 trillion industry that impacts nearly every investor who parks cash, so a new SEC rule has major ramifications for a large number of investors.
Flip Sides of the Same Coin: Compliance & Transparency
Commentary  |  8/15/2014  | 
The upheaval caused by the 2008 financial crisis continues to ripple outward, creating an unsettled environment that has disrupted traditional measures of trust.
IT Budgets Struggle With Data Growth, Survey Finds
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Data is growing exponentially and IT managers are worried about budgeting for future storage. More sustainable solutions must come from the business lines.
Are You a Career 'Exerciser' or 'Roadmapper'?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Almost all workers looks to improve their position and compensation. But certain individuals also look to provide added value to their employer. What type of employee are you?
Three Engagement Strategies That Pay It Forward in Finance
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
When you can leverage status, education, and big data to engage your customers, interactions not only become more frequent, but also more productive.
Growing Pains: Firms Strive for Business Intelligence Maturity
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
One significant obstacle to BI maturity is the prevalent tendency to report on activities reactively with after-the-fact analysis.
5 Priorities For Chief Data Officers
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
IBM says 25% of Fortune 500 firms now employ CDOs, yet many don't know how to structure the role. Research reveals five imperatives.
A Guide to Physical Datacenter Security
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Datacenters are generally known to be extremely secure facilities. However, physical breaches do happen, and they sometimes occur very easily.
LEI + COU = GLEIS
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
The legal entity identifier (LEI) project has been off to a rough start. The newly installed board of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) intends to bring structure and guidance.
8 Things You Probably Don’t Know About BCBS 239
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s rules for risk reporting are extensive and apply to more financial firms than just the global, systemically important banks.
Accurate Timestamps for Electronic Trading Are a Must
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
A debate has emerged with the SEC on the need to collect timestamps on multi-party electronic trading data. But what is sufficiently accurate? Is it seconds, milliseconds, microseconds, or nanoseconds?
Financial Service Employees Ranked 2nd-Riskiest Users of Cloud Services
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
Skyhigh Networks reports that financial services demonstrated some of the most risky behaviors among major industries.
The Execution Challenge
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
It's one thing for banks to encourage innovation and transformation, and it's quite another to execute successfully on these strategies.
In Like a Bull, Out Like a Bear
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
August is shaping up to be a difficult month in the markets, with bulls and bears each looking for a market direction.
Market Data Isn't Free – & Other Lessons FinTech Startups Learn the Hard Way
Commentary  |  8/6/2014  | 
Stephane Dubois shares market data advice for those looking to revolutionize financial technology.
FATCA: A US Regulation That's Having a Global Impact
Commentary  |  8/5/2014  | 
FATCA has raised the stakes for data quality and the need for "clean data."
Research & the Role of Big Data
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
How have technology and big data shaped the future of the independent research and agency broker partnerships?
Real-Time TCA for Decision Support & Transparency
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Can transaction cost analysis (TCA) evolve from a post-trade analysis tool to support for real-time decision making? ITG thinks so.
Trust & Commitment In Today's Financial Services Industry
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
We know that consumers don't trust financial services firms, but The Caring Recruiter points out that financial services industry employees don't even trust each other.
Managing Mobile Risk in the Cloud
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
Firms should assess their apps and data being exposed to the cloud for the level of security, privacy robustness, and frequency of development updates they require.
What Will the Financial Back Office of Tomorrow Look Like?
Commentary  |  7/31/2014  | 
Asset managers are increasingly looking to automate their manual back office workflows. Confluence calls it the "back office revolution."
Bankrolling Technical Debt: A Financier’s Guide
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
Technical debt represents the effort required to fix source code or application problems that put the business at risk.
Staying Ahead of the Game With Continuous Delivery
Commentary  |  7/30/2014  | 
The need to develop better software faster is leading financial organizations to continuous delivery (CD), a practice pioneered by SaaS companies like Salesforce.
Shore Up Cyber Security Now
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Knowing that a data breach can and will happen at some point, asset management firms can manage new operational and regulatory risk with a layered approach to cyber security.
Is Big Data a Problem or an Opportunity?
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
When it comes to data, financial services firms are, as a rule, quite circumspect. They fear cyberattacks, data theft, data loss, security breaches, data privacy, and human error.
Data Integrity: A Necessity, Not an Option
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Financial institutions that have taken on the data integrity task in the past now have to spend more money on hardware, software, and people just to keep up with the demand.
What Colombia’s New IT Campaign Means for Latin American Tech Investment
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Colombia’s campaign is the latest example of how Latin America is trying to edge into the global technology space.
Initial Margin: When Does More Turn Out to Be Less?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Changing margin regulations are set to affect the OTC derivative market, including initial margin risk models for non-cleared OTCs.
The Mainframe Innovation Drag
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
It may be time for a consortium of firms motivated around the objective of eliminating the mainframe. What if every self-clearing firm decided to participate in building a modern, back-office system as an open-source, cloud-based project?
Big Data DIY
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Now that we have passed the initial hype phase of big data, companies are searching for real business value from their investments. Consultants can play a part, but only if financial firms insist on a new partnership model.
Surviving & Thriving in the Current Risk Management & Regulatory Environment
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
How financial institutions can leverage compliance initiatives to improve their business with a 360-degree view of the customer.
Markets Looking Forward to Earnings
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
Geopolitical risks are increasing as the markets chug through the summer months, and investors are watching their risk profiles very closely.
5 Red Hot Summer Market Predictions
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
With the summer starting to heat up, here are five things we will see in the financial markets in the second half of 2014.
So Much Data, So Little Time
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
How fast does data need to be used in order to be beneficial?
Understanding the Value of Big Data
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Winning investors are embracing new technologies to make better allocation decisions.
Catch Me if You Can: Risk Hidden in Plain Sight
Commentary  |  7/16/2014  | 
The digital revolution hasn't yet reached all four corners of the enterprise. Paper-based data and manual workflows are hotspots for risk and are ripe for modernization.
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