Best of the Year Blog Posts: A Look Back at Hedge IT in 2012
Here we are again – at the end of another year and recapping some of the best and most popular posts from the Hedge IT Blog in 2012. This year, we spent a lot of time talking about cloud computing, security, and disaster recovery, among other topics.
As always, we welcome your feedback and would love to hear your suggestions for future articles on Hedge IT. In the meantime, we’ll continue to bring you new and interesting posts related to all of your favorite hedge fund technology topics.
At last, here is a recap of our most popular blog articles of 2012:
This year, we undertook a research study surveying 130 hedge funds and alternative investment firms in regards to their adoption of cloud technology. The results revealed that more than eight out of ten investment firms are either currently using or planning to use cloud computing services in the near future. This shift towards the cloud signifies a major trend in the financial services space as firms look to move away from costly on-premise technology infrastructures. You can download the complete survey report here.
In 2012, we announced a strategic partnership with eSentire, a leader in managed security services for hedge funds. The partnership comes at a time when firms are on high alert regarding security concerns and are shoring up their businesses to mitigate future threats. In a live webinar, eSentire’s CTO reviewed internal and external security threats to hedge funds and strategies for thwarting such attacks.
As competition for investors continues to increase, firms are looking for ways to stay ahead of the crowd. The investor due diligence process has become much more thorough as investors have become savvier about operations and technology matters. Here is a list of common due diligence questions your firm may be asked as part of the DDQ process.
One of the panels at our first annual Hedge Fund Cloud Summit this year took a look at how the role of the head of technology at an investment firm is changing, particularly with increasing regulatory demands and reporting requirements from investors. Find out more about the new responsibilities hedge fund CTOs are undertaking and where the future of the role is headed.
Earlier in 2012, Eze Castle was awarded with the prestigious Help Desk Institute (HDI) Team Excellence Award. Go, Eze! The win was great validation for our 24x7x365 outsourced help desk, which works with our clients day in and day out to resolve their issues and meet their immediate technology needs. This article takes you through some of the key advantages of using a help desk service like ours.
One of our favorite videos of the year was an inside look at our colocation facilities. Take a tour with this short video to see where our data centers are located worldwide and how our technology team works to keep your data and infrastructure safe and sound.
Our most popular webinar of the year focused on hedge fund compliance directives and covered everything from Form PF to message archiving and mobile device management. The regulatory requirements for hedge funds continue to mount, so read on to find out which directives your firm needs to comply with.
One of the most significant and devastating events of 2012 was Hurricane Sandy. The superstorm affected countless businesses and residences up and down the East Coast. Many of our clients were directly affected, and hence, we learned a lot through the course of the storm and in the aftermath. Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are essential to all firms, and Hurricane Sandy was another reason why firms should work diligently to prepare for unexpected events like these in the future.