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Technology Innovations 2018

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:34

This key Hedgeweek Special Report examines the challenges facing asset managers and outlines the latest range of technology solutions on offer that can provide them with superior reporting, data management and performance attribution skills

The 'Technology Innovations 2018' special report comprises 7 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
James Williams, Hedgeweek

Technology innovation thriving but ‘software intelligence’ necessary

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:41

Technology innovation continues to develop at an astonishing pace. And for those hedge fund managers in active fund raising mode, the ability to demonstrate superior reporting, data management, and performance attribution skills with the latest technologies is becoming a serious point of differentiation. »

Roger Woolman, SS&C

Using the cloud for flexible deployment of technology

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:45

The flexible deployment of technology using cloud-delivered solutions and hosted services is, in many ways, levelling the playing field with asset management. Historically, using the best systems in large, sophisticated IT architectures to support complex trading strategies was the preserve of the biggest managers. »

Bill Neuman, Eze Software

How technology can enhance fundraising

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 12:52

Technology is becoming an important factor when hedge fund managers present their investment strategy to prospective investors. The more agile and sophisticated the technology infrastructure, the more appealing the manager will likely appear. And whereas in times past it would have been too much of a capital expenditure to spend big on IT and keep pace with larger hedge fund shops, technology firms like Eze Software are helping to level the playing field. »

Doug Dannemiller, Deloitte Center for Financial Services

Are alternative data sets becoming mainstream?

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 13:01

Alternative data will likely transform active investment management over the next five years, according to a white paper by Deloitte. Those firms that do not update their investment processes within that timeframe could, they argue, face strategic risks. Alternative data is a wide term that spans multiple categories. In brief, it refers to any non-traditional data (ie market price data, trade volume data) and includes online search data, trade data, satellite and weather data, consumer transaction data, geo-location data, etc. »

Paul Ponzeka, Abacus Group

Virtual desktops give hedge funds secure mobility

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 13:06

One of the clearest manifestations of how fund managers have changed the way they work in recent times lies in mobility. A portfolio manager today is equally effective working from a sun lounger on vacation, or from the home office during inclement weather, as he is working in the office. But it’s only thanks to technology innovation, driven in part by the tremendous advances made in cloud architecture, that this has been made possible. »


Smart automation

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 13:11

By Mike Canni, Opus Fund Services – Innovations such as self-driving cars and voice activated assistants, for example Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, are increasingly becoming the new norm. “Smart Automation” is increasingly becoming the focus for the technology industry. As society evolves to understand and accept these changes, it’s important to understand that “Smart Automation” is very different than simple “Automation”. »

Jason Connelly, Axioma

Creating cloud benefits

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 13:15

Over recent years, the continued popularity of passive funds has been a key factor in why hedge fund managers have seen their margins shrink, not to mention the increased costs of regulatory compliance. Many are looking to technology to improve their operational efficiency and for third party vendors to simplify things for them. »

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