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Live from Engage: Cloud Analytics Showcases Power of Big Data

Eagle ACCESSSM unveils new cloud analytics capabilities and operations service book to optimize outcomes and enable new efficiencies.

Chris Mayo, Head of Eagle ACCESSSM Client Solutions

Two days ago, as part of the opening-day general session at Eagle’s Engage client conference, our CEO Mal Cullen provided his vision of the future and how he sees the digital platform evolving to quickly and efficiently enable solutions for financial services. For those who weren’t here in Orlando to see it live, he gave dimension to the tremendous opportunity available to our industry through the cloud and by adopting a continual deployment model that will instill far more agility, resiliency and efficiency. While much of his discussion was centered on Eagle’s current initiatives and vision for the future, earlier this morning, as part of our final day of programming at Engage, I discussed Eagle’s new cloud analytics and “Eagle Service Book” capabilities that are now available to Eagle ACCESSSM clients.

Cloud analytics, allows us to leverage all of the raw data available through our hosted cloud platform to draw insights that can translate into better business and operational outcomes. We formally kicked off our cloud analytics project last year and attendees at Engage 2015 were treated to a first look at our proof of concept. Today, as part of the Eagle ACCESSSM Services Update presentation, I highlighted how far we’ve come over the past 18 months and showcased how our capabilities in this area will continue to evolve.

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Engage Spotlight: Managing Derivatives in a Complex and Fragmented World

Derivatives are moving from the margins to the mainstream of portfolio management but managing them in a fragmented regulatory environment can be a challenge. At the Engage conference, taking place in Florida this week, Eagle’s Brian Dunton explained why technology vendor-client collaboration is key to delivering meaningful analysis.

Brian Dunton, Head of Instrument Engineering, Eagle Investment Systems

In recent years, derivatives have moved from a niche asset class on the periphery of investment management to everyday tools of the trade for even the most conservative asset managers, as they look to enhance performance and manage risk. At Eagle we’ve not only witnessed a large increase in the number of our clients holding derivatives, but we’ve also seen dramatic growth in the volumes of derivatives being held. Where in the past we might have had clients holding 3-5 total return swaps, we’re now seeing funds that hold nothing but total return swaps. The regulatory framework and processes to manage them, however, have failed to keep pace with the rapid changes in the industry while attempts at standardization have stalled.

At our Engage conference today I, with my colleague Jeff Cullen, addressed delegates on how, in a fragmented and shifting regulatory landscape, the systems and processes to manage derivatives need to be built with the client’s needs at their core to enable meaningful analysis.

The 2009 G20 meeting painted a “future state” picture of global harmonization for derivatives clearing and regulatory reporting, resulting in increased transparency within the derivatives market. Standardized identifiers would be the norm and would be universally adopted. However, seven years later the markets are becoming more fragmented and the picture is one of global dis-harmonization, rather than global consensus. Complex cross-border transactions can present thorny legal jurisdictional issues while reporting requirements are fragmented. Take MiFID II for example: in providing the personal information it asks for, you may actually be breaching privacy laws in countries like South Korea. Read More…

Data Governance: Asset Management’s X Factor

The path to robust governance remains an ongoing journey, though there is growing recognition that organizations can’t put this initiative off any longer.

Peter Travers, Vice President and Principal of Global Solutions

In 2011 and 2012, data governance initiatives were primarily a response to the increasingly complex demands of reporting and marketing compliance. These mandates were also premised on solving issues of privacy and data protection. Fast forward five years, and today data governance is seen as helping set the stage for real-time analytics that aid the front office and provide crucial support informing business decisions. As investing becomes increasingly global in scope, and alternative and non-traditional asset classes become more prevalent, it is no exaggeration to say that data integrity could be a make-or-break factor for many in asset management.

Best-in-class data governance provides a formal set of standards for how data is securely collected, stored, distributed and processed. Not only does this safeguard an organization’s data and ensure that it is accurate and accessible, it makes it available for decision making on an enterprise-wide basis—enabling managers to predict trends, react quickly to market changes and respond to competitors. Whether the catalyst is the replacement of obsolete infrastructure as part of an operational transformation project or, rather, reflects the pursuit of new business opportunities, data governance can have a profound impact on the overall agility of the organization.

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Fueling Both Hope and Hype, Blockchain Offers a New Approach to Data Management

Massimo Young, Vice President, Data Scientist, BNY Mellon

Charles Wang, co-founder of CA Technologies, was infamously skeptical about the potential of the internet to revolutionize retail. In an interview in 1997, when e-commerce was still in its infancy, he told The New York Times: “People say the internet will replace stores. It will never happen.” Two years later, when the dot-com bubble burst, perhaps he felt vindicated. But now, twenty years later, his views seem shortsighted. It’s a classic example of Amara’s Law:  we tend to overestimate the effect of technology in the short-term and underestimate its effect in the long run.

To those of us in financial services, this likely brings to mind the hype that currently surrounds blockchain, which has been touted as a possible solution for everything from preventing ID fraud to ending world poverty. How can we distinguish between the hype and the real power of this new technology? How can we balance excitement with healthy skepticism in order to drive towards practical solutions?

This is a topic that I’ll be discussing in more detail when Eagle and BNY Mellon host the Engage 2016 conference in Orlando, Florida, November 13-16. In the meantime, understanding what blockchain is and why it’s getting people excited may help set the stage.

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Optimized for Business-Led Innovation


This new video from Eagle highlights how our organizational model facilitates business-led innovation that drives material outcomes for clients. 

We have enhanced our team over the past year, and introduced The Office of the Client, to ensure that our organization is optimized to deliver integrated data management, investment accounting and performance measurement solutions that are aligned to our mission to help the world grow assets efficiently.

As a result, our organization facilitates a robust feedback loop in which we gain deep understanding around the issues and challenges facing clients. This understanding then informs our product and development teams to create solutions that deliver material business outcomes and can be leveraged across the industry.

Our experienced and world-class team represents one of Eagle’s greatest differentiators. And over time and as our platform evolves, our client-centric approach to innovation will facilitate an even faster time to value, by offering even more capabilities and more agility to help clients to stay ahead of growing business and market demands.

Meet…Rajan Venkitachalam

venkitachalam-rajanEagle Investment Systems’ new Head of Transformation Rajan Venkitachalam discusses his role at Eagle as well as his vision for cloud-native technology and how it will serve to reshape financial organizations in the future.

Q: Prior to joining Eagle, Rajan, you assembled a long and successful track record in tech—primarily at Microsoft, but also with stops at ServiceNow, Caradigm, Bedrock Technologies, and PeopleFluent®. You’re also an angel investor. Can you talk a bit about your past experience and what led you to join Eagle?

A: In just about every role I’ve had for the last 18 years, my mandate has been to drive transformation. If you go all the way back to my first role at Microsoft, my job was to help transform the developer toolset, which was under intense competitive pressure from IBM’s Java platform.

That was a successful effort and from there I ended up spearheading several different initiatives within Microsoft to either create new businesses, transform existing businesses or fix failing businesses. In one way or another, though, it was all about transformation.

At Microsoft, for example, I assumed several roles—be it on the business side or within technology and engineering. I also had the chance to work within several different verticals, including Windows, Search, Cloud and Telemetry, in addition to others. Microsoft is a truly dynamic organization, in that you’re never working exclusively on any one project. The best thing you can do to add value is to continually bring new ideas to the table that leverage the billions of dollars that Microsoft invests in its technology to serve its billions of customers.

It’s actually not unlike the opportunity for me here at Eagle, which counts most of the leading financial institutions in the world as clients and has the backing and support of BNY Mellon, which is committed to being a technology leader. Here, similar to the past, I view my role as one of driving transformation, not only for Eagle and in shaping our product development roadmap, but also for our clients. For example, we currently see a number of organizations undergoing massive data management transformation projects as they seek to evolve their business and position themselves for growth in an evolving marketplace.

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SEC Modernization Regulation Highlights the Benefits of a Single Flexible Data Foundation for Regulatory Reporting

Mike Maltby, Head of Market Strategy

We preach data centricity at Eagle because it is becoming essential for investment management organizations to have a solution that offers a controlled environment to navigate both ongoing and evolving compliance demands. The data centric approach is also followed by many of the firms that Eagle works closely with , such as Donnelley Financial Solutions, to deliver solutions to current and future regulatory requirements. For instance, last year the SEC proposed and has since passed wide-ranging changes that would introduce new monthly and annual reporting forms (N-PORT and N-CEN, respectively). The SEC now requires “census-type” information as well as portfolio reporting in which fund managers and registered investment companies must provide enhanced and standardized disclosures. The initiative is designed to enable transparency for investors and more thorough analysis by regulators.

With the specifics of the proposal now clear, the SEC identified that it will be seeking data related to the pricing of portfolio securities; information regarding repurchase agreements, securities lending activities and counterparty exposures; terms of derivatives contracts; and discrete portfolio-level and position-level risk measures to interpret fund exposure in changing market conditions. Both the N-PORT and N-CEN filings have already been incorporated into other amendments floated by the SEC, including the proposal in December 2015 for new derivatives rules for registered funds and business development companies.

Make no mistake, the demand for accurate and timely data is only going to increase as new regulatory rules are put in place. The SEC’s reliance on data and standardization will only increase the scrutiny on a firm’s ability to meet these heightened demands. Those that have a strong data platform that helps them keep pace with the evolving regulatory environment—without disrupting their organization each time a new rule or amendment is introduced — will have a distinct competitive advantage over those who cannot.

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Engage 2016 Preview: Bracing for the Digerati

Gartner’s Dale Kutnick, who will be speaking at Engage 2016, discusses how digital disruption in financial services will challenge traditional business and economic models.

This year at Eagle Investment Systems’ Engage 2016 client conference, the prospect of digital disruption will be a prominent theme for many attendees. Gartner Senior Vice President, Emeritus, and Distinguished Analyst Dale Kutnick, who will be presenting at the three-day event in November, spoke to Eagle ahead of Engage to highlight some of the key issues facing financial services companies as they prepare for the coming digital wave.

Eagle: We’ve witnessed growing interest in financial services from many of the largest and most well known tech and software companies, such as Google, Amazon, Alibaba, and others. Why should the incumbent operators in the sector view these companies and the growing pool of fintech startups as a potential threat?

Kutnick: The advance of the “digerati” into financial services hasn’t yet been all that pronounced, but we think that will soon change. If you look at how they’ve already altered the landscape in the payment-systems space — all in a relatively short period of time — you can get a real sense of the threat that these tech companies will pose to existing business models.

But, I don’t think you’re going to see a situation in which a disruptive technology puts everyone out of business. The bigger players are already adapting. Fidelity and Schwab, for instance, have introduced their own robo-advisory offerings to compete with Betterment, Wealthfront and all of the other automated wealth-management platforms.

In terms of preparing for the threat, there’s a big focus on becoming more agile. Among the bigger banks, as their back- and middle-office functions become automated, you’ll see innovation translate into far more streamlined and efficient operations.

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Establishing a Modern Risk Framework

Marc Rubenfeld CIPM, Head of Eagle Solutions, EMEA/APAC

As volatility returns amid growing uncertainty in the economy and global markets, there is again a heightened focus on risk. For many investment firms, this renewed attention on potential worst-case scenarios came out of the financial crisis as regulators and investment firms sought to avoid a repeat of the 2008 meltdown.

While historically firms have focused simply on risk management as a single discipline, it can be more helpful to break it down into two distinct but complementary components; risk measurement and risk management. In treating these functions separately, firms are seeing both the benefit of an independent way of measuring risk and of aligning the risk measurement function with the performance measurement function. Furthermore, by using a single, high-quality dataset to support unified risk and performance analysis, firms are able to achieve new insights and more consistent results. This is a subject that I have discussed at conferences this year across Europe and Asia, most recently at the FTF Performance Measurement Europe conference in London.


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Eagle’s Cloud Native Journey

Helping clients achieve operational efficiencies and respond to new business challenges by delivering product features faster using cloud technologies 

Mike Fitzgerald, Head of Information Technology and Operational Services

In a recent Gartner survey of CEOs and senior business executives, roughly half of those polled highlighted that as a result of the digital transformation confronting their businesses today, their industries could be unrecognizable within the next five years. The overwhelming majority of those polled viewed the coming digital disruption as a positive force—one that would spark innovation in a way that will improve the client experience and support margin growth. This is a topic that is front and center at Eagle, particularly as we assess not only how technology can change the investing landscape, but also our role in helping firms efficiently manage assets, support business growth and enable shifts in business strategy.

It should be noted that this eye towards building the FinTech company of the future will be on full display this November when Eagle and BNY Mellon will host the Engage 2016 conference in Orlando, Florida. Over three days we are excited to be joined by clients, third-party vendors and fellow industry thought leaders to discuss our thoughts on cloud native applications among other topics that are set to define the future of financial services.

As part of our evolving vision, we at Eagle see a future in which organizations can experiment with new business models, leveraging data and analytics to identify the patterns that work and quickly abandon those that do not. Software will be delivered quickly, consistently and reliably at scale, while automation—through eliminating rote tasks—will intensify the performance of individuals and teams. The end result will be a high-trust culture, enabled by a conviction borne of real-time, high-quality data, instantaneous insights and thorough, transparent testing that sheds light on analytics and code coverage. We believe this seemingly fantastic future is actually achievable through the adoption of cloud native applications, which will offer the performance, system scalability and resiliency that will be required from next-generation platforms in the years ahead.

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