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Voice over IP Options for Investment Firms

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Last week we looked at Voice over IP definitions and misconceptions as it pertains to hedge funds and alternative and investment firms. This week we look at the three primary applications for VoIP at investment firms:

• Primary Dial Tone Delivery
• Backup Dial Tone Delivery
• Hosted Voice (aka Hosted Telephony)

Deciding which application(s) to use is a matter of understanding the pros and cons of each and knowing the requirements of the environment in which they will be used.

Categorized under: Communications  Cloud Computing 

The Eze Castle Project Management Diamond

By Demetrios Gianniris,
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Project Management has long been a fact of life. It is a discipline that has been around almost as long as humans, and although its techniques are constantly evolving, the foundations that ensure its success have changed very little.

Project Management is a seemingly very simple discipline.
*First, plan your scope and objectives.
* Second, define your deliverables.
* Third, plan your project and communicate expectations.
* Fourth, follow its execution closely and thoroughly.
* Finally, close it out.

Like any human undertaking, however, projects need to be performed and delivered under certain constraints. One of the most popular sets of constraints often used illustrates that project management success is measured by the project team's ability to manage the project so that the expected results are produced while managing time and cost. These are typically referred to as the "Project Management Triple Constraint" or "Project Management Triangle".

Categorized under: Project Management 

A Look at VoIP: Definitions and Misconceptions

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 21st, 2010

This is the first article of a two part series exploring Voice over IP and its use at hedge funds and alternative investment firms. Our first article will define the technologies used to conduct VoIP calls and common misconceptions about VoIP. Next Thursday we’ll look at the ways hedge funds and alternative investment firms can use VoIP.

VoIP allows companies to integrate voice and data services and applications over a single converged IP network to achieve a more flexible, robust network infrastructure. VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol and describes a group of technologies used to make voice calls over IP networks. There are two primary technologies VoIP employs to execute calls – 1) Protocol and 2) Codecs.

Protocol is the method in which the two devices making the call communicate. It is nothing more than a language, but it is important. There are multiple protocols used for VoIP calls, however, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is an industry standard protocol and the most commonly used to transmit VoIP calls. H.323 and skinny are also used, but not nearly as broadly as SIP. Protocols are used to communicate information like caller ID and call waiting.

Categorized under: Communications 

Hedgeworld Fall Conference: Our Hot Topics

By Kaleigh Brousseau,
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Later this week, Eze Castle will be taking part in Reuters’ HedgeWorld Fall Fund Services Conference in New York, a conference that we have had the pleasure of participating in in years past. HedgeWorld is a great conference for hedge fund professionals looking to get up-to-speed on the latest trends and challenges in the industry. We’ve been looking through the agenda, and we’ve identified a few of the key topics that will likely resonate with attendees at this year's conference.

Compliance & Regulations: The first panel of the day may well be the most interesting, as hedge fund regulations are still very much top-of-mind for funds. Panelist George Cannellos of the SEC will certainly be a big draw in that first time slot, as he will be able to offer great perspective on the Dodd-Frank Bill and its impact on the investment industry. In addition to Cannellos’ view on the regulation itself, other panelists will speak to various topics related to the legislation, including registration (HedgeOp Compliance), technology (Eze Castle Integration -- our very own Bob Guilbert!) and customer database and backup (Sesame Software).

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

Cloud Computing Part Two: Eight Questions to Ask Application Hosting Vendors

By Mike Maguire, Managing Director of Global Consulting, ConvergEx Group,
Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Earlier this week, we shared Part One of the transcript of presenter Mike Maguire’s talk from Eze Castle Integration’s recent webinar, which looked at some considerations for hosting applications in the cloud. In Part Two of Mike’s presentation, he discusses some important questions to ask application vendors to ensure that performance in the cloud will meet the high standards necessary for your investment firm.

Not every application out there was designed to run in the cloud, so it is important that you speak with the different vendors that you work with to understand whether their application will run in the cloud, and what steps you should consider taking to ensure that the applications will perform at the highest standards.

1. First and foremost – Does your software work in a hosted environment? As I mentioned, not every application was designed to run in the cloud, and your vendors’ software may not work properly in this environment.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 

Cloud Computing: Application Hosting Considerations, Part One

By Mike Maguire, Managing Director of Global Consulting, ConvergEx Group,
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Last week, Jason Nolan, a presenter in Eze Castle Integration’s recent webinar, discussed cloud computing for investment firms, and the various types of infrastructures over which they can be deployed. Today’s post, a transcript of co-presenter Mike Maguire’s webinar talk, looks at some considerations for hosting applications in the cloud. Stay tuned for Part Two of Mike’s presentation featuring important questions to ask vendors to ensure that application performance meets the highest standards, coming up later this week.

There are many different types of hedge funds who employ many different strategies, so there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to cloud computing and infrastructure. Furthermore, some funds might have different requirements for different systems. For example, a fund might have high speed/high availability requirements for its trading system, but these requirements may not be as important for something like its CRM system.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 

Understanding Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

By Jason Nolan,
Thursday, October 7th, 2010

As we have discussed in previous Hedge IT articles and our eBook, cloud computing offers many advantages for investment firms. Cloud computing technology enables the sharing of resources in a wacloud computingy that dramatically simplifies infrastructure planning. Today, we will explore various types of cloud computing and the methods in which they are deployed.

With cloud computing technology, large pools of resources can be connected via private or public networks, to provide dynamically scalable infrastructure for application, data, and file storage. Additionally, the costs of computation, application hosting, content storage, and delivery can be significantly reduced. Firms can choose to deploy applications on Public, Private, or Hybrid clouds.

What are the differences between these three models, and how can you determine the right cloud path for your organization? Here are some fundamentals of each to help with the decision-making process.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing 

The Power of Project Momentum: Building a Project Wave

By Demetrios Gianniris,
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Those who have been fortunate enough to feel the aura of what it is like inside projects that have gone from good to great, are likely to agree to this: No matter how dramatic the end result, good to great project transformations do not happen in one miraculous step.

There was no single defining action, no one breakthrough innovation, no solitary lucky break, no hidden secret, no wrenching revolution.

Project greatness is systematic and methodical. It's achieved step-by-step, decision-by-decision, action-by-action. Every step builds a foundation for the next step. Every decision is the key that opens the door to the next decision. Every action taken sets the stage for the next action. A friend of mine who surfs for a hobby once told me that the best waves he's ever surfed were those which sustained enough momentum to allow them to build right through to the shoreline. The closer to the shoreline (call it the finish line) the waves got, the more momentum they established and bigger they became.

Categorized under: Project Management 

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