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    MANAGING AN ANALYTICS PROGRAM: the three key factors for success

    Analytics programs bring a different level of execution and delivery complexity involving many unknowns and constant changes. In this article, Barbara Thorne-Thomsen, Cassandra Howard and Shahed Haq discuss the three key challenges for developing an analytics project, plus three key success factors for making them work. Many companies recognize that they have opportunities to use data and analytics to enhance productivity, improve decision-making capabilities and gain a competitive advantage. However, managing and executing an analytics program can be challenging. It requires setting a strategy; drawing a detailed roadmap for investing in assets such as technology, tools and data sets; and [...]

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    DIGITAL CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT: the key to long-term success for utilities

    Power utility businesses around the world are rapidly waking up to the enormous changes taking place in the global energy market. Stronger environmental policies, increased competition, empowered customers and evolving demographics add to the factors compelling the traditional electric utility industry to shift to a more competitive model. In this article, Yugant Sethi and Alakshendra Theophilus discuss the changing utility market, the benefits of digital transformation and the challenges many utilities are facing with their digital initiatives. THE CHANGING STATE OF POWER UTILITIES The traditional services model for utilities was one in which customers had little interaction with their energy [...]

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    THE BUSINESS CAPABILITY MAP: a critical yet often misunderstood concept when moving from program strategy to implementation

    The use of business capabilities for planning and analysis has been on the rise in recent years, yet the value they provide is not fully understood. For most critical initiatives at large firms, the transition from vision to strategy to implementation is a multiyear program involving numerous stakeholders. During the early inception phases—amidst aggressive timelines, pressure to produce estimates, budget constraints and other challenges—project teams tend to jump into execution without truly comprehending the overarching business strategy. It is difficult to visualize end-to-end risk and business value without a business capability map. In this article, Shiva Nadarajah and Atul Sapkal [...]

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    CLOUD-BASED SOLUTIONS: why the time is right for asset managers to consider adoption

    Faced with a slew of new industry, client and technology pressures, today’s asset management landscape looks quite different than it did just 10 years ago. In this article, Manish Moorjani discusses the evolution of the asset manager’s ecosystem, looks at the technology solution transformation with the advent of cloud computing and details the decision criteria CIOs can use to determine whether cloud solutions fit into their future plans and strategies. Over the past decade, the asset management business has been impacted by several factors, including the popularity of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as investment vehicles; new regulations; the rise of automated [...]

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    FINTECHS–OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT?: a pragmatic approach for organizations to assess the value of financial technology initiatives

    In the last six years, a proliferation of new financial services technology or “FinTech” ventures, eager to capitalize on shifting market needs and preferences, have emerged. Rather than sit back and watch these new models eliminate them, financial services organizations need to address these innovative initiatives as opportunities rather than threats. In this article, Sean O’Donnell reviews the drivers of the FinTech evolution, where and how they are transforming financial services, and approaches for businesses to adopt (rather than run from) these new offerings. While the mainstay of the financial services industry was busy dealing with the global financial crisis [...]

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    HOUSING BUBBLE 2.0: ready for another housing market crash?

    A study of the current housing finance market reveals the multidimensional reaction to events from the last decade is still in play throughout the global financial system. New regulation and regulatory bodies, wholesale legislative changes, the formation and adoption of new risk-management frameworks, reduced securitizations by private-label banks and increased scrutiny by the press are just a few of the factors contrasting today’s mortgage market with the pre-crisis era. But are mortgage markets truly more stable now than they were before 2008? In this article, Hans Godfrey and Adi Ghosh discuss how the government and regulators, as well as the [...]

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    DERIVATIVES GOVERNANCE: enabling product innovation for asset managers

    Derivatives are becoming a valuable tool for asset managers to boost product innovation and deliver outperformance in a risk-controlled manner. But current, reactive governance structures are creating a long lead time for assessing and approving a new derivative instrument. Geoff Cole and Jackie Colella explain how strengthening governance, approval and operational due diligence can help investment managers reduce time to market and more quickly respond to portfolio managers’ needs. Typically considered an instrument reserved for hedge funds and complex investment strategies, derivatives are becoming far more common within investment portfolios and are increasingly desired by portfolio managers for exposure and [...]

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