Best of the Year Blog Posts: 2013 Edition
I know, I know, we say it every year. But can you believe another year has come to an end? Even more amazing? We’ve now been bringing you fresh content on Hedge IT for nearly four years – including close to 400 articles! As we look ahead to 2014, we want to extend a huge THANK YOU to our loyal Hedge IT readers and hope you’ll stick around to see what we have up our sleeves in the New Year. Here’s a hint: it may even include a fresh new look...
With that said, as we do every year, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular Hedge IT articles from 2013. Here are some of your favorites (and ours, too).
Back in September, we revealed the results of our 2013 Survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. In conjunction with IDG Research, we surveyed more than 100 financial services firms and found that nearly all of them (87%) are using the cloud in some way. Other key findings included the dominance of the private cloud (74%) and the growing belief that the private cloud is just as secure as an on-premise infrastructure. Read the complete survey report here.
Investment firms face a host of liquidity risk and data management challenges in today’s changing environment. But new and robust tools are designed to assist firms with these challenges and help them achieve the highest levels of liquidity management efficiency. Our partners at Ledgex Systems have built one such tool.
The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) went into effect in 2013, but before its inception, we hosted a webinar with Bill Prew, founder of INDOS Financial, and he took us through the legislation’s goals and objectives and how both UK and US fund managers might be affected. Read his key highlights and watch a full replay of the webinar.
Another one of your favorite webinars of 2013 was our session on rethinking disaster recovery and business continuity. Our resident DR & BCP experts, Steve Banda and Lisa Smith, took us through their 10 signs to look for, which included everything from hardware refreshes and due diligence reviews to organizational changes and incident response practices.
While the technology benefits of moving to the cloud are well-known, the business case is just as important – and often misunderstood. Some of the key business benefits realized as a result of cloud services include transferring from CapEx to OpEx, enhancing operational efficiencies and hosting applications with increased ease.
Speaking of the business case for the cloud, it oftentimes falls to a hedge fund’s CFO to manage technology – but what if that person doesn’t have a technology background? We provided a handy checklist for hedge fund CFOs to reference when asking about the cloud. Important information to gather should include upfront costs, budgeting & forecasting, security concerns and compliance considerations.
Security was one of the hottest topics of 2013 – and we predict it will remain so in 2014. One often overlooked component of hedge fund security is remembering to train and educate employees on security vulnerabilities and what they can do to protect themselves and their firm. Coordinating a formal training session is a good strategy for ensuring everyone is on the same page.
This year in San Francisco we gathered an exciting panel of experts to talk about technology and hedge fund outsourcing. Their conversation focused mostly around how smaller and mid-sized firms can leverage outsourcing to compete with their larger counterparts. (We’re talking David vs. Goliath here!). Read the full article for some insight into advantages your firm may have if you’re on the smaller side, too.
That’s it for us in 2013! We wish all of our clients, partners, colleagues and friends a safe and happy New Year and hope to see you in 2014!
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