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Blog Entries from 09/2010

The Technology Behind a Great Outsourced Help Desk: Part 2

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Earlier this week, we looked at some of the personnel factors that are common among extraordinary outsourced Help Desks. Today, we’ll continue the discussion on the characteristics of a great Help Desk, with a focus on the technology aspects to look for when evaluating Help Desk providers. We've also created a presentation on the "Nine Elements of a Great Help Desk."

Call Management Systems: The best Help Desks have systems in place to track all incoming calls from clients. A call management system tracks such statistics as call volume, the length of time a call remains in queue, the length of a conversation with Help Desk personnel, and more. Monitoring important details of all calls allows supervisors to then review the data and analyze it to identify areas of weakness and improve upon them. Call management systems help ensure that all clients who call the Help Desk will be assisted in a timely and efficient manner, as analysts can continually learn from previous client interactions.

Categorized under: Help Desk  Trends We're Seeing 

Hedge Fund Security Part 3: How secure are your iPhone and iPad?

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In the first two parts of this series, we discussed some basic yet overlooked security practices, as well as some specific threats that exist and ways to protect your data. In this third installment, we will take a deeper look at the physical security and compliance challenges associated with Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad handheld devices.

Most investment firms are at least somewhat familiar with the security risks that are involved when conducting business on traditional computers and laptops. However, much less thought tends to be given to the risks surrounding the use of smart phones and other mobile devices in business environments. This issue has taken on even greater importance as Apple’s iPhone and iPad continue to gain popularity in the corporate market.

Categorized under: Security 

Introducing Ledgex Systems: A Fund of Fund Software Company

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Eze Castle Integration has launched a new subsidiary software company, Ledgex Systems. Ledgex was designed to meet the needs of fund of hedge fund firms, private equity firms and pension funds. Ledgex delivers a comprehensive technology platform that streamlines the investment management process with features such as portfolio management, investor relationship management, monitoring and alerting modules, and more.

Categorized under: Software  Eze Castle Milestones 

Malware Definitions & Security Tips: Hedge Fund Security Part 2

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Last week, we discussed some fundamental best practices for maintaining data security. Today, we will provide definitions of a few common types of malware that could pose a threat to the integrity of your firm’s data, and some security tips to help you protect it.

According to a study conducted by Panda Security, a cloud security solutions provider, about 46% of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. have been victims of cybercrime. This number is up two percent from last year’s survey. Panda’s annual “International Barometer of Security at SMBs” surveys about 9,500 SMBs around the world, including more than 1,500 in the United States.

Categorized under: Security 

Reaching New Cloud Computing Milestones, 30 Apps and Counting

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

We are reaching a point in technology evolution where everything is moving into the cloud. No longer is it necessary, or in many cases wise, for a firm to purchase and maintain all its technology infrastructure and applications onsite. As evidenced by Opalesque’s article this week on cloud computing gaining the attention of financial industry, cloud computing is going mainstream.

This week Eze Castle Integration also announced that we have run over 30 applications in our hosted infrastructure – a milestone that demonstrates the increasing tendency of financial firms towards application hosting in the cloud. The beauty of application hosting or infrastructure as a service models is that it allows a hedge fund to outsource non-revenue producing functions to outside experts rather than attempting to build the expertise in house.

A hedge fund expects an application to run reliably, securely and with high performance – as a general rule, they don’t care about the underlying technology as long as it meets their business requirements. By working with an established hedge fund service provider, like Eze Castle Integration, a hedge fund should be able to trust that they are receiving the best possible solutions based on their unique requirements.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Eze Castle Milestones 

Hedge Fund Security Part 1: Six Basic but Overlooked Security Practices

By Dina Ferriero,
Thursday, September 9th, 2010

In today’s world, every hedge fund must have a well thought-out security posture to protect it from internal and external threats. From perimeter security to desktop anti-virus software, most hedge funds have technology in place to protect their critical information from intrusion. However, significant vulnerabilities still exist in many companies today from simple physical security, which may or may not be technology related. This series will take a look at some common threats to security as well as some ways to protect your data from intrusion.

Categorized under: Security 

International Hedge Fund Operations: The Prime Broker Perspective

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

In a previous article we looked at some key aspects of expanding a hedge fund's operations internationally including the business and technology factors. Overseas expansion requires a number of strategic considerations. One of the most important steps a hedge fund must take in beginning the international expansion process is to understand the local government requirements for establishing a new business in the selected region.

Once a hedge fund manager understands the local regulations, he must look to leverage his partners and key vendors to help facilitate international expansion. A hedge fund prime broker is a key ally when establishing international operations.

There are several significant factors that should be taken into consideration when selecting a hedge fund prime broker. A hedge fund wants a prime broker who will help it grow, and the easiest way to do that is to make sure both the hedge fund and the prime broker understand local regulations. A hedge fund places a lot of trust into a prime broker; therefore, it should verify that the broker understands the international investor marketplace. The prime broker should be adjunct to the firm’s own marketing efforts. It is important for a prime to know what a good match for a firm is.

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Real Estate  Trends We're Seeing 

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