Cloud

Outsourcing but staying in control

Mal Cullen, Head of the Americas and Eagle ACCESS℠


Many asset managers and asset owners are standing at a crossroads as far as their technology is concerned. Legacy systems are creaking under the strain of being asked to perform functions they were never designed to execute and can’t handle the sheer volume of data they’re being asked to process.  At the same time, it’s widely accepted that the worst ravages of the financial crisis are past and firms are looking at how they can best position themselves for future growth.  With pressures on fees from clients on the one hand and increased compliance and regulatory hurdles on the other, the focus for this future growth is firmly on achieving operational efficiency.

As a result, firms that are looking at making significant investments in upgrading their technology, are doing so with long-term solutions in mind and with efficiency at the heart of their decision-making.  As a result, the inevitable question that presents itself is whether or not to outsource. This was a topic I addressed in a panel discussion at the TSAM Boston conference in November.

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Infographic: Benefits of a Cloud-Based Software Solution

Mal Cullen, Head of the Americas and Eagle ACCESS℠


I recently contributed a piece to the Financial Technologies Forum’s ‘The Bull Run’ blog, called: ‘When is the Cloud Not the Cloud?’. It drew a distinction between the myriad software providers out there that claim to offer hosted or cloud-based solutions (when in fact they’re providing either remotely supported on-premise solutions or solutions designed for on-premise installation that sit on the cloud), and a ‘true’ cloud provider. In that post, I listed seven questions you should be asking your cloud-based solution provider to find out if they are the real deal. We have now put together an accompanying infographic outlining the benefits of a truly cloud-based solution and what you should be looking for from one.

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Stay Ahead of the Security Curve

Mal Cullen, Head of the Americas and Eagle ACCESS℠


The rise of cloud computing adoption in the financial services industry has caused a shift in the risks that investment managers must manage. These risks are quickly evolving and difficult to keep abreast of without specialized staff. At Eagle, we realized that it’s no longer enough for us to align with our clients as financial services and software specialists; we must also be information security and risk specialists. Investment managers often focus on cost-efficiency and streamlined processes when assessing their cloud providers, but security and risk management should be stressed equally. It came as no surprise to us that in a recent Eagle client survey, more than 75% of asset managers plan to increase risk management expenditures over the next 1-2 years.

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