The Business and Operational Benefits of Implementing a Single, Integrated Front-Office Platform

The notion of a single, "all singing all dancing" front-office platform has been around for a while, but still many buy-side firms are being hamstrung by sub-standard front-office technologies.

Buy-side firms are measured on the quality of their investment decisions. But once those decisions are made, they need to ensure that they are managed transparently and efficiently across all business processes from the front to the back office. This webcast, sponsored by SimCorp, looks at the business and operational benefits that buy-side firms stand to glean of the back of implementing a single, integrated front-office platform.

This webcast focuses on the single, integrated, front-office platform proposition facing buy-side firms. We all know that buy-side firms have different technology and operational needs, but there is little doubt that since the global financial crisis ─ and specifically over the last two years ─ asset managers of all shapes and sizes have sought to integrate and simplify their front-office platforms by looking to partner with fewer providers, or ideally with a single provider that can cater to all their front-office functionality requirements, while also possessing middle- and back-office platforms or tools to satisfy the front-office's data demands. It's a big ask, but what this webcast aims to establish is the extent to which all those boxes can be checked by a single provider.

Panelists: 

• Todd Healy, executive director, UBS Asset Management
• Samer Ojjeh, principal, financial services, asset management, Ernst & Young
• Terry Flynn, front-office specialist & team lead, SimCorp
• Moderator: Victor Anderson, Editor in Chief, Waters and WatersTechnology

 Questions addressd during this webcast include:

• To what extent are buy-side firms hamstrung by legacy, fragmented front-office platforms? Why is this the case? Typically, what are the shortcomings associated with fragmented front-office platforms?

• What options are available to buy-side firms looking to remedy the situation?

• How do buy-side firms make the business case for implementing single, front-to-back-office platforms that have the ability to support every aspect of their day-to-day operations?

• To what extent does data impact portfolio managers' and traders' abilities to make the most judicious investment decisions?

• What functionality (ingredients) does a single, integrated front-office system need to offer its users? In other words, what bases does it need to check in order to be considered a practical, competent, integrated front-office platform?

• What factors do buy-side firms tend to underestimate in terms of importance of complexity when implementing a single, front-office platform?

• What should buy-side firms be on the lookout for when it comes to partnering with a front-office technology provider?

 

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