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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.
The Ripening Case for Managed Services in Risk Management
Commentary  |  7/15/2014  | 
Risk management will not escape the trend towards managed service solutions. Managers must prepare to take advantage of the emerging technologies and vendor relationships.
Vigilante Justice on the Digital Frontier
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
In the face of slow government action, Wild West-style justice has moved to the digital realm, and private organizations risk being caught in the crossfire.
Security Beyond the Firewall
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
With more and more mobile devices in use each day, the traditional corporate firewall's limits have been exposed.
Compliance Technology: The Art of Playing Your Part
Commentary  |  7/14/2014  | 
Though the Dodd-Frank Act is four years old, only 52% of the rules have been completed, and less than one-third of financial firms feel they are prepared to meet the upcoming compliance challenges.
The Frontline Value of ERP security
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
The critical nature of the business process systems means that when it comes to safeguarding, ERP often merits a bit more care.
Regulation Is 'New Normal,' Industry Shifts Focus Back to Growth
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
Linedata surveys suggest the financial industry's future challenges are less focused on regulation and more on improving client relationship and developing products.
Moving Beyond Buy-Side Cloud Computing Myths
Commentary  |  7/10/2014  | 
Security and compliance are certainly concerns for buy-side firms looking to use the cloud, but it shouldn't hold everyone back from cloud-based technology.
Should I Hire a Data Scientist?
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Before spending big bucks on data scientists, understand the depths of the big data problem. Identifying the issues can help extract maximum value from the coveted skill sets.
New York Tech Scene is Optimistic, Finds NYTECH Survey
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
17% of surveyed New York-based organizations grew more than 50% last year. 26% predict more jobs will be added over the next year.
Throwing Sharks out of the Dark Pool Tank
Commentary  |  7/9/2014  | 
Barclays is the most recent brokerage to be fined for letting predators into its dark pool. But will investors be happy with dark pools without sharks?
Demystifying the Financial Services Myths Around Legacy IT
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Contrary to the industry's popular belief, there is no silver bullet when it comes to properly upgrading a corporate IT environment. A multi-phased process must be embraced.
5 Ways Semantic Technology Is Transforming the Financial Services Industry
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
Semantic search intuitively finds and connects relevant data across the enterprise. Innovation in this technology is helping organizations simplify and transform operations.
Financial Industry Infrastructure in Need of Rebuild
Commentary  |  7/8/2014  | 
The C suites are responsible for tearing down silo thinking and reengineering the financial system. So far, they've left much to be desired.
Playing Catch Up: Banks & Brokerages Battle for the Self-Directed Investor
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
Investors want easy-to-use interfaces, customized views, and dynamic content. Moving this kind of data to the front-end is a big ask for legacy back-office databases.
Risk Transparency, Defined
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
Despite best efforts to define and commit technology to effective actualization of transparency, the notion of transparency remains vague and is often left to the best efforts of information providers.
Japanís Migration to Electronic Execution & Dark Pools
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
Relative to three years earlier, 40% of Japanese asset managers reduced discretionary execution and about 80% reported increased use of algorithmic trading and direct market access.
NY Fintech Scene Growing Faster Than Silicon Valley Since '08
Commentary  |  7/3/2014  | 
Deals and investments in NY fintech startup scene are important to long-term ability to stay on the cutting edge.
Rethinking the Asset Management Middle Office
Commentary  |  7/2/2014  | 
Streamlining the middle office means more than just reducing headcount. To prepare for growth, asset managers need to transform the entire organization.
Mind the Gap Between Regulation & Innovation
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
The real reason HFT is under the spotlight isn't the frequency of the trades. It's the gap between regulation and innovation.
Risk Management Solution Challenges & Architecture Patterns
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
Computing arbitrary functions on a large and growing master data set in real-time is a daunting problem.
The Discipline of Information Lifecycle Management
Commentary  |  7/1/2014  | 
Banks need to build discipline around the information lifecycle and the process of deleting data that is no longer required from a legal or business standpoint.
Former FBI Agent Talks Cyber Security With Deloitte
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Vigilance can take security only so far. It's time to focus on resilience.
The Dreaded IT Budget Cut: Myth, Reality, Transparency
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
On the surface, a 10% cut on a $2 billion IT budget seems easily attainable. In reality, it isnít.
Reducing Risk by Automating Cash Management & Securities Pricing
Commentary  |  6/27/2014  | 
Janus Capital Group automated 98% of its core business processes for efficiency and improved accountability.
Automating the Institutional Investing RFP
Commentary  |  6/26/2014  | 
The slow and mostly manual RFP process in the institutional space adds costs and is inefficient. There has to be a better way.
Cybersecurity Lessons from Former FBI Director
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
Robert Mueller describes how security initiatives within the Bureau are applicable to financial services.
Is Compliance Preventing the Cloud From Reaching Its True Potential?
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
86% of businesses admit issues around data protection, legislation, and regulation are responsible for their slow adoption of cloud computing.
The SEC & Cybersecurity: Expectations & Exam Prep for Investment Firms
Commentary  |  6/25/2014  | 
The current SEC questionnaire asks firms for details about their technology infrastructure, operational policies, and procedures as they relate to cybersecurity.
Bank Fraud: Itís Not Personal, Just Business
Commentary  |  6/24/2014  | 
Less publicized (but nonetheless costly) incidents of fraud, questions of liability, and mixed success in court complicate the allocation of security resources.
The Rise of the Retail Trader – a New Era
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
Retail traders are coming back, but their sights are set on more transparent and low risk instruments, which is adding momentum and service demands to previously quiet markets.
What Really Matters When Transparency & Stability Matter in Markets
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
The high-frequency trading debate carries on, but are the right questions being asked? Scrutiny of incentives and defining 'fair' competition should merit more attention.
Pressures on Bank IT in the Age of Cloud
Commentary  |  6/23/2014  | 
IT operations face pressures from both business and development teams to provide new and innovative services. Focus is now on keeping ahead of the wave of startups that harness the cloud's rapid business capabilities.
Internalizing Continuous Control Monitoring at Financial Institutions
Commentary  |  6/22/2014  | 
The latest wave of regulation is casting a spotlight on the level of control and monitoring that institutions apply to their internal processes.
This Is Why Data Is the Next Frontier in Competitive Advantage
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
In this era of regulation, there is an evolution in data management that can revolutionize the way a financial firm sees its data.
Consider Yourself Served: The Rules Havenít Changed, But Technology Has
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Eight to 10 individual employee lawsuits have been dismissed for failure to preserve Facebook and other social media, text messages, email, and other records connected to the case.
Why Secure the ERP Jewels in Paper Vaults?
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
Enterprise resource planning systems are among the most critical for any organization. That makes them very attractive and rewarding targets for attack. Are generic security measures appropriate?
Anti-Malware Doesnít Cut It in the Mobile Era
Commentary  |  6/19/2014  | 
As operating system architectures shift from open file systems to application sandboxes, traditional anti-virus becomes less relevant. Enterprise mobility management provides both proactive countermeasures and reactive mitigation.
Data Quality: The Misguided Quest for the Truth
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
There are a number of reasons for the high failure rate in data warehouse projects, but I believe that one of the primary culprits is the misguided quest for the truth.
Getting Closer to the Metal in Financial Technology
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
FinTech entrepreneurs are forgoing pre-built frameworks and building Web-based technology uniquely suited to financial applications.
3 Ways to Turn Your Website From a Chore to a Valuable Asset
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Financial firms don't often think to apply big-data marketing to their own websites, but readily available engagement and tracking tools can help home pages become more than a business brochure.
Public vs. Private Cloud: Dollars & Sense
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
The move to the public cloud in financial services has been slow, but economics shows it is about to speed up.
The Dawn of High-Frequency Compliance: Will You Win the White-Hat Arms Race?
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Don't look now: The SEC is actively increasing IT spend and quant recruitment to enhance forensics in financial management systems. The implications for the financial services industry are enormous.
Navigating Cloud Security: 3 Questions to Ask
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Are you considering a cloud solution but not convinced? Be sure to ask providers about their investments in regulations and security.
Is Analytics a Must Have? Wall Street IT Executives Donít Seem to Think So
Commentary  |  6/16/2014  | 
Operations spearheaded analytics in IT because the need for it was evident on the surface. But on the software development side, the software risk is behind the scenes until a glitch brings it to the CIO's attention.
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