When we first launched the Women In Alternative Investments Report (WAI Report) in 2001, we were among the few voices talking about women’s advancement in alternative investments. It was a delicate conversation and one that few people were comfortable having. But now, eight years later, the conversation has shifted. The issues have moved mainstream, the dialogue has broadened, and the voices are many, but change is afoot. Investors are pressuring Alternative Investment Firms to increase gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. Read the KPMG report to understand why achieving gender diversity is a business imperative.
The alternative investment industry is increasingly feeling the impact of digital technologies, but are hedge funds and private equity firms moving quickly enough to adapt to the digital world? Read now KPMG's report Alternative investments 3.0 and understand how the alternative investment industry can embrace disruption and accelerate digital innovation.
Consumers have become more educated about the value of data and cyber risks associated with it. As consumer awareness increases so does their expectations of trust and digital security. Read now KPMG's report Trust in the time of disruption to understand the cybersecurity gap that exists between consumers and organisations, and what asset management and financial services firms as a whole can do to close the trust gap.
The asset and fund management industry has grown signifcantly in the last decade, with surveys indicating about 65 percent growth since 2007, to over USD 80 trillion in assets under management worldwide.
As its importance to the world financial system – linking those with money to invest with enterprises and activities that require funding – is increasingly recognized, so both the industry and the regulators that police the sector become more prominent.
The industry and regulators are coming under pressure from a range of “external” voices – demanding investors and consumer groups, clamoring political and economic needs, changing priorities and hopes of civil society, an increasingly noisy press, the explosion in social media and the rapid growth of new technologies.
This sea of voices is directly influencing the regulatory agenda and increasing expectations on the industry. A fundamental rethink of firms’ mindset and investment offerings is required.
Changing attitudes to data privacy leave many firms in a precarious position. When there is so much regulatory variation in different markets, how do firms balance their responsibility for customers’ data with maximising value from that data?
Listen now to discover:
• The current state of play for data privacy – understanding what your customers want and what the regulators want
• How to lay solid foundations to help you adapt to the changing landscape
• How to ensure your privacy strategy supports growth.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Oct 30, 2019
Midmarket firms face many of the same data center security risks as their enterprise counterparts with far fewer resources at their disposal to mitigate them. Downtime, data theft, and regulatory non-compliance all pose existential threats to these organizations and as they drive for continuous innovation and advantage in an increasingly competitive landscape, they must ensure valuable data and IT assets are secure, protected, and available at all times. How can midmarket organizations succeed in the face of these challenging market dynamics? This Research Insights report shows that the success organizations have enjoyed varies greatly, and further that organizations enjoying the greatest success demonstrate a clear organizational commitment to prioritizing security and operate fundamentally more secure data center environments. Download this report from Dell EMC and Intel® to learn more.
"Following a study of hundreds of organisations about how they scale agile, this Harvard Business Review article outlines what they’ve learned, and how to scale agile effectively.
They studied small firms that run their entire business with agile methods, already agile larger companies that are becoming even more agile as they’ve grown, and organisations that are making the transition from traditional hierarchies to more agile enterprises.
Download the article to discover how these organisations have scaled agile effectively.
Published By: IBM APAC
Published Date: Sep 30, 2019
Companies that are undergoing a technology-enabled business strategy such as digital transformation urgently need modern infrastructure solutions. The solutions should be capable of supporting extreme performance and scalability, uncompromised data-serving capabilities and pervasive security and encryption.
According to IDC, IBM’s LinuxONE combines the advantages of both commercial (IBM Z) and opensource (Linux)systems with security capabilities unmatched by any other offering and scalability for systems-of-record workloads. The report also adds LinuxONE will be a good fit for enterprises as well as managed and cloud service provider firms.
Read more about the benefits of LinuxONE in this IDC Whitepaper.
Published By: CheckMarx
Published Date: Sep 12, 2019
Financial services organizations operate under a host of regulatory standards. This makes sense, as the assets and information managed by these firms are valuable, sensitive, and targeted by sophisticated cyber attackers daily.
Compounding these challenges is the large volume of personally identifiable information (PII) that financial organizations handle regularly. PII is subject to many compliance regulations, notably the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which regulates not only the processing of personal data, including PII, relating to individuals in the EU, for also any organization that processes personal data of EU residents.
For US banking consumers, Section 5 (Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices) of the Federal Trade Commission Act and numerous state regulations enforce basic consumer protections, which financial organizations must also uphold.
Performance evaluation is coming of age. Once a narrow, back office role focused solely on
crunching returns, it has become ever more integrated into the DNA of investment firms. Both
internally and externally, performance evaluation adds value, helping senior management make
key judgement calls where the difference between the right solution and the wrong solution is the
difference between growth or decline. The performance analyst of the future will provide valuable
input into nearly every area of an investment firm.
What began as a mathematical task—calculating investment returns—is morphing into something
much broader. The objective of performance evaluation today is determining what is behind the
return being analyzed. What were the key drivers—allocation or selection? What risk was taken to
achieve the return? Was it skill, or was it luck, that produced the return?
Published By: Quovant
Published Date: Oct 01, 2019
Even with the greatest level of talent on your in-house legal team, you will at some point, need the services of external counsel. When an organization rates its outside law firms, selecting just the right data might be a challenge. Business leaders may not be lawyers, so it may be necessary to rely on the self-assessment of firms to determine the “health” of their programs.
But does it need to be that subjective? Hard data is an essential tool when it comes to performance evaluation. There are specific metrics organizations can use to evaluate law firm performance. While it may not be “all about the money,” these key metrics can provide insight into how your panel handles its work and the value of the results you receive.
Published By: Genesys
Published Date: Dec 20, 2018
Companies across the world are innovating with artificial intelligence (AI) to improve customer experience and forge deeper relationships with customers. Through surveys and interviews with 599 executives, from large and mid-sized companies across the globe, this MIT report reveals that most customer-centric firms have already deployed AI extensively in their customer-facing operations and customer experience management processes.
Get the global report and regional spotlights on North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia to access complete results. Key insights include:
• Nearly 90% of respondents report measurable improvements in the speed of complaint resolution; 80% note enhanced call volume processing using AI
• 80% of respondents report measurable improvements in customer satisfaction, service delivery and contact center performance
• In North America, 60% of the respondents believe they will deliver a 10% or more increase in customer lifetime value in the next year
Published By: Icertis
Published Date: Oct 24, 2019
LIBOR is the preeminent contracting challenge in finance today. ICM is the leading contract management solution in the cloud, trusted by corporations across the globe, in every industry. With ICM, financial firms can be confident that they will meet the challenges of a post-LIBOR world.
Published By: MuleSoft
Published Date: Jun 27, 2019
Banks of all sizes, from multinational firms to regional credit unions, face unparalleled pressure to digitally transform in the face of evolving customer expectations. Learn how a top 10 bank partnered with MuleSoft to address these pressures by developing an application network to rapidly modernize legacy systems, digitally transform mortgage lending, and accelerate Salesforce implementation.
Read this whitepaper to learn:
How banks can leverage APIs to accelerate integration between core banking systems, legacy applications, and modern SaaS endpoints.
The step-by-step approach a top 10 bank took to build a Center for Enablement (C4E) and transform their SDLC to accelerate application development.
How the bank created unified customer experiences across different product lines, from mortgages to wealth management, across in-person, and digital engagement channels.
To stay ahead of the competition in a global marketplace, firms are increasingly speeding up operations, in many cases adopting real-time systems and tools to allow for instant decision-making and faster business cycles. Download here to learn how.
Over the past ten years, IT personnel costs have risen faster than hardware and software investments. IT services have not improved process-wise and still require as much manpower, if not more, to operate now as they did in the past. As firms spend 76% of their IT budget on maintenance and support, they will naturally invest in BSM solutions that will reduce costs, enable ITIL, and provide an optimal ROI.
Small and midsize retailers around the world are seeing their businesses transform in a variety of ways. These firms, typically with fewer than 1,000 employees, have been transforming themselves as customers seek new types of engagement and as suppliers expect higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness. New business models and new competitors are changing the way retailers do business. Rather than simply react to new threats, successful retailers are leveraging technology in new ways to sharpen business practices, improve agility, and better serve customers while strengthening the role of retailers in the supply chain.
Through digital transformation including the effective engagement of the internet of things (IoT) to track inventory, the opportunity to maintain and gain competitive advantage can be significant.
There’s strong evidence organizations are challenged by the opportunities presented by external information sources such as social media, government trend data, and sensor data from the Internet of Things (IoT). No longer content to use internal databases alone, they see big data resources augmented with external information resources as what they need in order to bring about meaningful change. According to a September 2015 global survey of 251 respondents conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 78 percent of organizations agree or strongly agree that within two years the use of externally generated big data will be “transformational.” But there’s work to be done, since only 21 percent of respondents strongly agree that external data has already had a transformational effect on their firms.
Businesses of all sizes and industries have struggled to implement a hybrid IT environment that can meet their most critical needs, without disrupting business. The challenge is especially acute for midsized firms whose limited IT resources are facing pressure to adopt a never-ending torrent of technology innovations. In an effort to create a hybrid IT environment, many businesses end up with a multiple siloed infrastructure deployment options that consume increasing amounts of management time, effort and budget, while never quite meeting business needs.
Published By: Cisco EMEA
Published Date: Mar 05, 2018
The competitive advantages and value of BDA are now widely acknowledged and have led to the shifting of focus at many firms from “if and when” to “where and how.” With BDA applications requiring more from IT infrastructures and lines of business demanding higher-quality insights in less time, choosing the right infrastructure platform for Big Data applications represents a core component of maximizing value. This IDC study considered the experiences of firms using Cisco UCS as an infrastructure platform for their BDA applications. The study found that Cisco UCS contributed to the strong value the firms are achieving with their business operations through scalability, performance, time to market, and cost effectiveness. As a result, these firms directly attributed business benefits to the manner in which Cisco UCS is deployed in the infrastructure.
Midsized firms operate in the same hypercompetitive, digital environment as large enterprises—but with fewer technical and budget resources to draw from. That’s why it is essential for IT leaders to leverage best-practice processes and models that can help them support strategic business goals such as agility, innovation, speed-tomarket, and always-on business operations. A hybrid IT implementation can provide the infrastructure flexibility to support the next generation of high-performance, data-intensive applications. A hybrid foundation can also facilitate new, collaborative processes that bring together IT and business stakeholders.
FRONTEO provides end-to-end project management, litigation consulting and eDiscovery
solutions for a global base of law firms and corporations. To meet clients’ critical
information needs, the business requires connectivity and data center solutions that can
process, access and interpret terabytes of sensitive data—reliably and at top speeds.
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The widespread use of mobile devices — smartphones and tablets — provides anytime, anywhere computing and communications resources for individuals worldwide. Both smartphones and tablets have made the transition from a personal resource, acquired and supported by consumers, to a professional resource, provided and supported by employers. For midsize firms around the world, those with 100–999 employees, mobile resources play a key role in improving workplace productivity as well as allowing greater flexibility in how and where work is done.
New collaboration resources also allow staff in different locations to work together as efficiently and effectively as staff in the same office. The challenge for IT management is how best to coordinate the different collaborative and mobile resources and provide secure management of mobile devices and collaboration tools while enhancing workforce agility and productivity.
Digital transformation (DX) is a must for midsize firms (those with 100 to 999 employees) to thrive in the digital economy. DX enables firms to increase competitive advantage through initiatives such as automating business processes, creating greater operational efficiencies, building deeper customer relationships, and creating new revenue streams based on technology-enabled products and services. DX is a journey, and it starts with firms embracing an IT-centric vision that guides a data-driven, analytics-first strategy. The outcome of DX initiatives depends on the ability of a firm to efficiently leverage people (talent), process, platforms, and governance to meet the firm’s business objectives.
For midsize firms around the world with 100 to 999 employees, advanced technology plays an increasingly important role in business success. Companies have been adding cloud resources to supplement on-premise server, storage, and networking capabilities. At the same time, growth of mobile and remote workers is also changing how companies need to support workers to allow them to be as productive as possible. Like larger companies, midsize firms must make sure that they are effectively coordinating on-premise, public cloud, and private cloud capabilities. Unlike large companies, though, midsize firms are limited in both financial and technical resources to design and coordinate effective solutions to meet specific needs. Rather than invest in a major overhaul of their IT environments, midsize firms have to move incrementally, supplementing current resources with new cloud and on-premise capabilities that provide the performance needed to prosper in an increasingly competitive environment.