IT priorities and regulatory environment have asset managers focused on risk management and efficiencies

Linedata releases the results of its fifth annual survey of global asset management industry

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PARIS, BOSTON, LONDON, HONG KONG and NEW YORK, February 9, 2015 – Linedata (NYSE Euronext: LIN), the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced the results of its annual survey on the priorities and challenges facing the global asset management community.

Upgrading incumbent systems and data management primary IT focus.

When asked to name the key IT priorities for their firms in 2015, improving existing systems, data management and risk management came out on top for all respondents. Existing systems for critical operations that still serve and support a firm’s business can be upgraded rather than replaced. This allows them to take advantage of new technology, features and benefits while minimizing the cost and risk associated with replacing them.

Client service seen as key competitive differentiator.

When asked what would set them apart from their competition, many firms cited client service as a differentiator. Firms can distinguish themselves by the quality and expertise of the staff they have building relationships with clients. Client retention and client base growth can be found by providing an experience that aligns service with offerings valued by the client.

Deploying regulation once again is the top concern, while optimizing operating models ranks as other crucial challenge for 2015.

While 48% of all survey respondents cited deploying regulation as their top current priority, 40% claimed optimizing operating models as their main challenge. Firms continue to address the volume of regulation and the risk it poses for their business. As the industry continues to realize clarity around countless regulations, it can be expected that firms will further analyze and implement regulations during 2015.

Additionally, firms must take a close look at their business strategy and review their operating models to gain efficiencies, reduce costs, enhance client relationships, gain competitive advantages and respond faster to changing market and client demands.

“While buy-side firms continue to address numerous regulations, enforced over time, they must also deal with operational and associated reputational risks. They must effectively manage these risks without compromising their competitiveness in challenging environments,” comments Mike de Verteuil, Business Development Director and Member of the Executive Board at Linedata. “At Linedata, we strive to deliver cost effective solutions and services that help our clients achieve this.”

The survey was deployed during the second half of 2014. Respondents were surveyed during Linedata Exchange events in Paris, London and New York, as well as through an online survey. With respondents from asset managers, hedge funds, fund administrators, banks, wealth managers and custodians across Europe, United Kingdom, North America and Asia, the purpose of the survey was to identify the challenges faced in 2014 and the priorities that lie ahead for them in 2015. The full survey can be read at 2015 Linedata Global Asset Management Survey.

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Linedata is a global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit community, with close to 1000 employees in 15 offices across the globe. Linedata has been at the service of the financial industry from day one, and applies its market and client insight to provide innovative and flexible mission-critical software and services that help its clients grow in over 50 countries. As a pioneer for over 15 years with the set-up of SaaS infrastructure for the financial industry, Linedata remains committed to this model throughout the global financial community and for its full range of products. Headquartered in France, Linedata achieved revenues of EUR 158 million in 2014. This company is listed on Euronext Paris compartment B FR0004156297-LIN – Reuters LDSV.LN – Bloomberg LIN:FP.

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Linedata
Karen M. Hays
Global Product Marketing Manager
Front Office & Middle Office Asset Management
Tel: +1 617 912 4766
Email: Karen.Hays@na.linedata.com