BST Awards 2021: Best buy-side data management product—IHS Markit  

Product: EDM


EDM is a data management platform for acquiring, validating and distributing trade, operational, risk, financial and customer data.

Typical user-firms: asset managers, pension funds, insurance firms and service providers.

EDM added 16 new clients in the past year.

It doubled the size of its development team to support EDM’s migration to SaaS

In December 2020, IHS Markit won its first client in the private markets space (Hamilton Lane). 






Hamilton Lane, a global private markets investment management firm, selected EDM to link, match, cleanse and apply rules and hierarchies across its private asset dataset. “This is the latest development in a long relationship between our two firms. We chose the EDM solution as it will link and validate our disparate datasets and provide audit and lineage, all within a cloud-based managed service offering. We hope to see a significant reduction in manual processes and lower operational risk.”

Jim Noon, principal on the applications development team, Hamilton Lane


IHS Markit launched its Data Dictionary, the first deliverable in EDM’s migration to a SaaS-based model, designed to support data governance and greater visibility of data. It developed new APIs to enhance integration and ease ingestion of third-party systems and datasets, as well as the publication of data to big data platforms and data lakes. It released functional- and performance-related visualization enhancements, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 definitions to render web content more accessible to people with disabilities. It diversified EDM to support clients not only in the public markets but also in private markets, while in December 2020, the firm won a deal with Hamilton Lane, which is using EDM to manage its private asset data. In response to increased buy-side focus on ESG data and investments, EDM now supports Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation mandates. Finally, the firm invested in technology to support remote implementations and client training, and created an early adopter program allowing clients to preview and provide feedback on new releases.





IHS Markit’s primary focus will be on the next phases of its SaaS platform. Following the release of the Data Dictionary, it plans to release additional applications on the SaaS platform that will allow users to configure their data workflows. The firm will also focus on user experience (UX), addressing the needs of users with a no- or low-code environment. It will continue to grow its team (including product, development and client communication) to support its client base, and is also building out a new dedicated UX function.






The sheer scale of IHS Markit’s EDM efforts is impressive. Its Data Dictionary has been a mammoth task, and is the vendor’s first deliverable in its migration to a SaaS model. Other new features include APIs for easier third-party data and systems integration, and for publishing data to big data platforms and data lakes, and coverage of private markets in response to a growing need to support firms’ increasing investments in privately traded assets.






“Building on our track record of 15 years’ service to the buy side, we continue to deliver the highest levels of service to our clients and achieve new milestones in relation to our product and business strategy. As a result of our mature cloud-based managed service, we have been well-placed to help clients navigate the move to remote working. We have delivered a major new module, the Data Dictionary, as part of our shift to a SaaS-based model. Recognizing changes in financial markets, we have also expanded the breadth of our coverage to include private markets use-cases.”
Jamie Penniman, global head of EDM, IHS Markit 
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