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Most Investment Firms Are In the Private Cloud. Is Your Firm?

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Earlier this week, we announced the findings of our 2013 market survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. If you haven’t already, check out our infographic here.
 
If you’re not up for reading the full report yet, here’s Part I of our Cloud Survey Recap. Be sure to come back next Tuesday for Part II!Cloud Deployment Models
 
As a follow up to our 2012 Cloud Adoption Trends Survey, we wanted to take a closer look at how and why hedge funds and investment firms are leveraging cloud services in today’s marketplace. Working again with IDG Research, we surveyed 101 investment firms across the U.S. about their current and planned cloud usage.
 
Firms covered a wide range of asset bases: 38 percent reported less than $100M; 20 percent fell between $100 and $499.99M; 19 percent between $500M and $999.99M; and 20 percent said they had more than $1B.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Business Continuity Planning  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



Cloud Survey Sneak Peek: 2013 Results (Infographic)

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Survey: Cloud Usage in the Investment Industry
Do you want the inside scoop on how and why your investment firm peers are using the cloud? We're in the know.

Check out our infographic for a sneak peek at the results of our 2013 survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. Next week, we'll share a more detailed recap of the findings. If, of course, you can't bear to wait until next week, you can download our full survey report here.

Enjoy peeking!

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Trends We're Seeing  Videos And Infographics 



Hong Kong Hedge Fund Real Estate Update: Is Central Still Hedge Fund Heaven?

By Kulvinder Gill,
Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In the past on Hedge IT, we have focused on the real estate markets in both the US and UK. Today, we move across the pond and provide an update on Hong Kong.

Asia has experienced unprecedented growth in its hedge fund industry, especially Hong Kong, despite difficulties in recent global financial markets. However, office space in Hong Kong is still undeniably the most expensive in the world.Hong Kong Real Estate

Hong Kong’s Central District is a bustling location with gleaming skyscrapers and is home to about 90% of Hong Kong hedge fund offices.  According to CBRE Global Research and Consulting’s 2013 Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey, the Central District’s overall occupancy costs of US$235.23 per sq. ft. per year topped the list as most expensive for the third consecutive time.  London’s West End followed with total occupancy costs of US$222.58, and New York’s Midtown Manhattan ranked 10th on the list with occupancy costs of US$120.65.
 

Categorized under: Real Estate 



Hedge Fund Case Studies: Why The Cloud Made Sense for Two Firms

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Last week, Mary Beth Hamilton and Steve Schoener hosted a webinar to discuss hedge funds moving to the cloud and the experience and benefits that they receive as a result.  During this discussion, they highlighted two client case studies to provide examples of various scenarios that drive firms to use cloud services.  Cloud Data

Case Study #1: OMS Says Hello to the Cloud

The first client we discussed was a growing hedge fund based out of Chicago with about 15 employees and $300 million in assets under management.  The firms’ goal was to identify what areas of their technology systems needed improvement. After thorough evaluation, the firm decided they didn’t want to deal with the burden of controlling their own infrastructure and servers and needed the flexibility and resiliency to allow many employees to work remotely.

 

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Trends We're Seeing 



Is Bigger Always Better? Advice for Hedge Funds Named David

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, September 12th, 2013

David vs. GoliathLike David bravely dueling with the larger Goliath, small and mid-sized investment firms are often faced with insurmountable odds when competing against larger (and better endowed) funds. With more experience and more assets, larger firms have the advantage when it comes to soliciting investor allocations. But do these inherent shortcomings equal certain failure? If David can emerge victorious, can’t smaller hedge funds?
 
Earlier this week, we gathered a panel of experts in San Francisco to discuss this topic at length. Following is a brief synopsis of the topics they covered.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Operations  Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Real Estate  Trends We're Seeing 



The Latest from Apple: 5C, 5S and iOS 7

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

In traditional fashion, Apple conducted their latest smartphone release event today at their headquarters in California.  This year’s hot topics were the company’s two new product models: iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S, as well as the new iOs7 software update. If you missed the announcement, here’s a quick recap:

Software UpdatesiPhone 5S

  • iOs7 will be officially released on September 18. The new software has a beautiful, feature-rich design.  One of the key feature changes is the restructuring of the camera roll.  iOS7 now groups all of your photos into different moments (legible thumbnails), based on time period, similar to iPhoto.  There are also additional photo effects that can be applied during or after shooting.

Categorized under: Communications  Trends We're Seeing 



From the Comm. Room to the Cloud: Webinar Recap & Replay

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Thursday, September 5th, 2013

While it’s not the sexiest aspect of a hedge fund’s operations, a firm’s technology infrastructure is critical to its success. But a major consideration lies in choosing what type of infrastructure to use, and accordingly, where to host it.
 
Earlier today, we picked the brain of our Vice President of Client Technology, Steve Schoener, and asked him to share his expertise on the key drivers for firms migrating to the cloud. He also shared two examples of clients who’ve successfully transitioned to the cloud for various reasons. Below is a short recap of Steve’s presentation.

Would you rather watch the full replay? Scroll down or click here.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Real Estate  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



National Preparedness Month: The Why, How & What

By Katharine Washburn,
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Would you be ready if there were an emergency today?  Would your employees know what to do? September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) which is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s The Ready Campaign in an effort to increase awareness for individuals, businesses, families and communities. NPM aims to encourage the public to make preparedness a part of their daily lives and stresses the importance of being ready for the unknown.Preparedness Month - September 2013

Why should you focus on being prepared?

By teaching your employees why to prepare, your firm will not only demonstrate its importance, but employees will also maintain this knowledge and expertise that will help keep the business operational. Preparation can mean the difference between a successful and failed recovery, both personally and professionally. Educating your employees on what they’ll need at home, where to go, who to contact, etc. will equip them with the right information they’ll require at the time of an incident. With the proper information readily available, employees can focus on helping resume business operations more quickly.

Categorized under: Business Continuity Planning  Communications  Infrastructure  Trends We're Seeing 



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