Blog Entries from 12/2011
As 2011 comes to a close this week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite (and most popular!) blog posts from the Hedge IT stream. As expected, topics such as cloud computing, Dodd-Frank and technology outsourcing were popular among our readers.
We expect these trends to continue to permeate the blog through 2012, and we’ll continue to expand our reach by bringing you relevant and interesting content to read (and watch) come next year. If you have suggestions or feedback on the Hedge IT blog, please feel free to contact us.
Alas, here are our most popular hedge fund technology blog posts from 2011:
With the holiday season in full swing and the new year just around the corner, we find ourselves looking ahead at what 2012 has in store. With a number of new and enhanced technologies entering the marketplace in recent months – and many more expected in the near future – tech blogs are abuzz with anticipation for what is to come.
So, we took a look into our technology crystal ball and pulled together a list of some exciting trends to look for in 2012. Enjoy!
It's the first day of winter, and the holiday season is upon us! We'd like to wish all of our clients, partners, friends and colleagues a Happy Holidays and a successful 2012!
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Last week, I held an internal training session to educate my fellow Eze Castle employees on how to leverage the social networking tool LinkedIn. I think the information is valuable for anyone, however, so I’ve decided to share it with you, too!
With over 135 million members, LinkedIn has grown exponentially since its inception in 2003 and is the most respected “professional” social networking site in the industry. And regardless of what your reason is for using LinkedIn (recruiting, prospecting, job searching, etc.), it is essential that you put your best foot forward through your personal profile and activity.
The presentation below outlines a few tips to help you get the most out of LinkedIn, including:
Building Your Personal Profile
Customizing & Organizing Your Profile
Making & Soliciting Recommendations
Joining & Participating in Groups
When preparing for any type of disaster situation, many hedge funds and investment firms will focus on preparing their technology: making sure data is backed up, files are secure, and access to market data remains intact. But oftentimes, firms forget about the business and operations aspect that is equally as important to keeping a firm operational through a disaster.
In any type of disaster situation, it becomes a necessity to have a business continuity plan in place. You’ll need to ensure your employees know how to access their technology and how to communicate with each other if they are unable to get to the office during bad weather. There are a variety of potential scenarios that could ensue with the winter season approaching. You can learn more about these scenarios and how to respond to them here and here.
Regardless of the specific scenario, there are certain business continuity best practices that your firm should follow in order to ensure your business processes are not interrupted when the first snowstorm hits.
In case you didn’t hear the good news, Eze Castle Integration is honored to have been named to Crain’s New York Business’ list of Best Places to Work in New York City for the third straight year! You can read our official announcement here.
Our training and corporate development program is one of the many reasons our employees think Eze Castle is a great place to work. But enough from me! You want to hear straight from our New York employees about why they love Eze Castle, right?
It’s your lucky day. Check out our newest video and see what these Eze Castle employees love about their Best Place company!
Over the course of the past two years, we have seen a drastic increase in the number of new hedge fund launches occurring in the marketplace despite challenging economic conditions. To assist managers who are considering starting a fund, our friends at Financial Technologies Forum (FTF) held a full-day workshop this week at Bayard’s in New York City. The “How to Launch a Hedge Fund” event covered a variety of important topics related to starting a hedge fund, including:
Up-Front Decisions & Vendors Required
Marketing & Sales
Partnership Accounting & Performance Measurement
Investor Due Diligence
As a general rule we don’t post articles on press releases, but for our friends at Ledgex Systems we are going to make an exception. They just released version 4.0 of their product.
Ledgex Systems is a software provider targeting the alternative asset management industry – primarily multi-fund managers and private equity firms. Since officially launching in 2010, Ledgex Systems has signed many new clients and invested greatly in expanding the functionality of its flagship product, Ledgex. Today they released Ledgex 4.0.
The Ledgex platform gives alternative asset managers the ability to systematically manage their portfolios, perform complex liquidity scenarios, and provide robust reporting, both internal and external to the firm.
It goes without saying that technology has reshaped the hedge fund industry and continues to do so more and more each year. This evolution was the focus of conversations our managing director, Vinod Paul, had over the last week with clients and reporters during his visit to London. Reflecting on 2011, some of the hedge fund technology trends that have made the biggest impact on the industry this year include:
Cloud Computing – You probably knew this would top our list. Adoption of cloud technology continues to grow, especially as concerns around cloud security ease thanks to technology advances and education. Eze Castle Integration has invested millions in our Eze Private Cloud and today has nearly 160 clients utilising our cloud services.
Virtualisation – This technology is becoming commonplace in both on-premise and hosted IT environments and we expect that trend to continue through 2012.