Users Prioritize Cost, Connectivity, Contracts

In light of the global economic crisis, cost containment and optimization is emerging as a top priority for user firms in Asia Pacific, which-though not immune to the impact of the credit crunch-firms see as a growth market, according to a panel of data managers at last week's Asia Pacific Financial Information Conference.

"In future, our priority will be cost optimization," said Gordon Brown, regional IT head for fund management at Prudential Asset Management. "I'm not talking about reducing