• Outsourcing and Offshoring – Here, There and Everywhere

    29 January 2013
    By Alexei Miller, Managing Partner

    A well-researched, insightful overview of our industry from The Economist.

    http://www.economist.com/printedition/specialreports?year[value][year]=2013&category=76984

  • Big Data 2013: Industry Players’ Forecasts

    21 December 2012
    By Oleg Komissarov, Senior Vice President

    My personal favorite prediction is Microsoft PolyBase. I would also add Tableau to Data Visualization prediction.

    http://www.zdnet.com/big-data-2013-industry-players-forecasts-7000009034/

  • Sencha’s HTML5 Remake of Facebook

    21 December 2012
    By Oleg Komissarov, Senior Vice President

    A very good interview about HTML5 current state by Sencha VP of Marketing. This is a marketing article but at the same time it shows what huge efforts HTML5 community does to improve HTML5 performance and tools. As a confirmation of their efforts we see that latest release of Sencha Touch addressed performance issues very successfully. App load time, responsiveness, animation performance is at the new level now . One more victory by HTML5.

    http://m.netmagazine.com/news/senchas-html5-remake-facebook-122463

  • New York Stock Exchange is Acquired

    21 December 2012
    By Alexei Miller, Managing Partner

    In a sign of changing times and changing business, a symbol of Wall Street and American Capitalism, New York Stock Exchange, is acquired.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-20/intercontinentalexchange-said-in-merger-talks-with-nyse-euronext.html

  • OpenFin Launches HTML5 Desktop Technology for Financial Industry

    05 December 2012
    By Alexei Miller, Managing Partner

    DataArt teams have been reviewing the new platform since early beta days and we are looking forward to developing client applications on this toolkit.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/openfin-launches-html5-desktop-technology-for-financial-industry-2012-12-04

  • Highlights from SIFMA 2012 Annual Meeting

    04 December 2012
    By Alexei Miller, Managing Partner

    A must read for anyone following financial services industry, particularly those concerned by the perfect storm of regulatory requirements now battering this sector. One of important takeaways for us (confirmed by an SEC economist at a recent Waters USA conference) is that the opinions of market participants, from investors to buy side firms to brokers are welcome and are given serious consideration. While much of Dodd-Frank rules and other regulations are still being finalized, in this post-election world it is now clear that it is here to stay and everyone better get serious about it. More on that from Waters Technology: http://www.waterstechnology.com/waters/opinion/2227405/anthony-malakian-wait-and-see-no-more

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  • Notes from Waters USA 2012 Conference

    04 December 2012
    By Alexei Miller, Managing Partner

    I attended this year’s Waters USA 2012 in New York and on the content side, it did not disappoint – the content and the panelists, many familiar faces among them, were fresh and at times funny, some truly original. However I felt that this time around, there were few people from the buy-side in the audience, which largely consisted of IT folks from large investments banks. While there were a few buy-side speakers, overall the program weighed heavier on the brokerage and banking world. Little that was said, however, applied well for the proverbial mid-size Asset Manager. It seems the Buy-Side Technology Summit, held in October, is a better fit.

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  • Pushing Buttons for the Blue Button

    03 December 2012
    By Egor Rubanskyi, Senior Project Manager

    Several years ago President Obama announced the Blue Button initiative for Veterans, in order that they could easily download their medical data and share it with doctors and hospitals. This initiative has now become more popular and it has expanded to become something that everyone can use to access their personal medical information. As a result over 1 million Americans have already downloaded their health records and the number is expected to increase dramatically in the near future.

    This seems like a great idea, but the U.S. government has not found a more developed technological solution and simply provides patients with their data in usual plain text format. It doesn’t allow export of more complex information which are still important parts of patient historical information such as X-Ray images, defibrillator data, or other medical sensor and devices output, that can be useful for export as well. Why not use all these years’ efforts and all these medical standards like EMR, HL7 etc.? What If the IT industry were to follow this route and all systems outputted plain text to the end user and let them decide what to do with it?

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  • Travel Industry Focuses on Mobile

    30 November 2012
    By admin,

    Ever increasingly companies in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry are putting mobile at the center of their strategic business focus. Some, like HotelTonight, have gone so far as to make it their entire focus.

    It’s no secret that the traveler/consumer is “always connected” via their mobile device. Google’s latest mobile reports states: “94% of smartphone users look for local information on their phone and 90% take action a result, such as making a purchase or contacting the business.” (source: http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/mobileplanet/en/)

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  • Hedge Fund Admin Duties

    21 November 2012
    By Andrey Ivanov, Project Manager

    The primary task of a fund administrator is to independently calculate the net asset value of a fund on a monthly basis. In order to do so confidently the Fund Administrator needs to be able to:

    • Verify that trades/subscriptions/redemptions took place in reality and were settled correctly
    • Verify that the investment manager used fair pricing while purchasing or selling the assets

    Verifying the trades is usually accomplished by comparing the books stored by the investment manager with that of a broker used by the investment manager. Subscriptions and redemptions are verified much the same but instead of broker books agent books are used. Among commonly used verifiers are CUSIP, ISIN, SEDOL and SYMBOL. One of the bigger challenges during this stage is to cross-reference securities reported by the investment manager against those reported by the broker. The financial industry still doesn’t have a common security identification code and investment managers trading through multiple brokers are likely to have a slightly different internal set of identifiers than the one in use by brokers. So in order to do reconciliation correctly, a fund administrator needs to be able to freely switch between CUSIP/ISIN/SEDOL or any other identifier and fill in the blank ones if needed.

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