AFTAs 2016: All the Winners and Why they Won

At a dinner held in midtown Manhattan on Dec. 5, the winners of this year's AFTAs were announced.

JP Morgan Asset Management won the best IT team award at the 2016 AFTAs held on December 5 in New York.

For the first time since the American Financial Technology Awards were launched back in 2005, technology vendors had a section all of their own in Waters' longest-standing awards program. This year we added 13 vendor-only categories to the awards line-up, which, as expected, resulted in a record number of entries across all 32 categories (there were 16 end-user categories and three individual categories this year).

Christie Rampone ─ former captain of the US women's national soccer team, three-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winner ─ handed out the trophies. This year's four highest-profile awards ─ three individual categories and one team award ─ were won by Steve O'Hanlon (Numerix, best third-party technology vendor CIO or CEO); Bob Greifeld (Nasdaq, best technology executive, sell side); Scott Murray (Northern Trust, best technology executive, buy side), and JP Morgan Asset Management, which won the highly-coveted award for the best IT team.

Below is a list of this year's category winners with links to individual stories explaining why they won. Write-ups are by Anthony Malakian (AM), Dan De Francesco (DD), John Brazier (JB), Emilia David (ED), Aggelos Andreou (AA) and Victor Anderson (VBA).

Vendor categories 

Best Middle-Office Initiative: Data management, reconciliation and clearing ─ Indus Valley Partners
Best Middle-Office Initiative: Risk, compliance and performance ─ UBS Delta
Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Vendor: Risk, security and compliance ─ Axioma
Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Vendor: Communication, operations and data management ─ Asset Control
Most Innovative Third-Party Technology Vendor: Trading and analytics ─ ChartIQ
Best Third-Party Technology Vendor IT Team ─ Vela Trading Technologies
Best Partnership or Alliance ─ MTS Markets & Bloomberg
Best Communication Infrastructure Provider ─ IPC Systems
Best Use of the Agile Methodology ─ StatPro
Best Front-Office Initiative ─ Broadridge
Best Back-Office Initiative ─ SmartStream
Best Trading Infrastructure Provider ─ Trumid Financial
Best Collaboration Initiative ─ MTS BondsPro & Bloomberg

End-User Categories
Best Global Deployment ─ Northern Trust
Best Infrastructure Initiative ─ Northern Trust
Best IT Integration Initiative ─ Bank of America
Best Cloud Initiative ─ LaSalle Investment Management
Best Cross-Asset Trading Initiative ─ UBS Neo
Best Mobile Strategy Initiative ─ Pershing NetX360
Best Risk Management Initiative ─ JP Morgan Asset Management
Best Compliance Initiative ─ JP Morgan Chase
Best IT Team ─ JP Morgan Asset Management
Best Reporting Initiative ─ Credit Suisse Client 360
Best Data Management Initiative: Sell Side ─ Deutsche Bank DQ Direct
Best Data Management Initiative: Buy Side ─ Rotation Capital
Most Cutting-Edge IT Initiative: Sell Side ─ Credit Suisse CPA
Most Cutting-Edge IT Initiative: Buy Side ─ Blackstone
Best Analytics Initiative: Sell Side ─ Morgan Stanley SPG Access
Best Analytics Initiative: Buy Side ─ JP Morgan Asset Management (Sparta)

Individual Categories
Best Third-Party Technology Vendor CIO or CEO ─ Steven O'Hanlon (Numerix)
Best Technology Executive, Sell Side ─ Bob Greifeld (Nasdaq)
Best Technology Executive, Buy Side ─ Scott Murray (Northern Trust)

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