January 2017 Update – New Hire News

January 27th, 2017

   
Volume 8, Issue 1                                                                                             January 2017
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New Hire News
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Adeptyx Consulting Inc., a provider of consulting and operational support to the institutional asset management business, announces that Mark Brinkman has joined the company as a Director.
“I’m very impressed with the quality and breadth of Mark’s consulting and technology experience,” said Ari Fuad, CEO of Adeptyx. “Mark has already demonstrated his versatility with us on a number of projects last year while engaged as an independent consultant and it’s great to welcome him as a full-time employee. His knowledge and leadership will add significantly to our ability to extend our services and broaden our ability to serve our clients.”
Mark brings 26 years of technology experience and 18 years of Financial Services experience to Adeptyx. He started his career at Anderson Consulting and has 14 years of consulting experience. Additionally, Mark has held the positions of chief information officer (for large multi-national brokerage firm) and chief technology officer (for a large marketing services firm).
Mark is a proven consultant with a strong track record of contributing to and managing large, complex and high-value client engagements. His strengths are in Portfolio, Program and Project Management, Change and Release Management, Vendor and Contract Management and Agile\Lean Development.
“I am excited to join the team at Adeptyx – the premier provider of consulting services in the asset management space,” said Mr. Brinkman. “Adeptyx Consulting resources have expertise and skills that are transforming their client’s investment operations and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the Adeptyx team capabilities.”
New Hire – Mark Brinkman – Bio
Mark brings 26 years of technology experience and 18 years of Financial Services experience to Adeptyx.  He’s a senior technology consultant with proven track record of managing large, complex and high-value client engagements. His strengths are in Trading Systems, Trade and Financial Accounting Systems, Project Management, Change Management, Vendor Management and Agile\Lean Transformation.
Specializations: Order Management, Reporting Systems, Market Data, Portfolio, Program and Project Management, Change and Release Management, Infrastructure Management, Merger and Acquisition Consolidation, Vendor and Contract Management, Agile\Lean Transformation and Coaching, Business Intelligence and Data Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning and trading platforms. Mark holds a M.S from DePaul University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois.
For more information about Mark or our other consultants give me a call, we are here to help.
Sincerely,
Ari Fuad, CFA
President, Adeptyx Consulting
952-943-3999             arifuad@adeptyx.com

Derivative Reform and Brave New Platforms

October 2nd, 2015

Derivatives and Regulation

Derivatives can be utilized as a key tool to protect against risks that are inherent to business. Derivatives allow financial institutions to hedge their exposure to credit risk, which helps them expand their lending and investment capabilities, fostering economic growth.

Examples of derivatives which are subject to new regulation under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act include interest rate, credit default and equity swaps, to name a few. Dodd-Frank’s Title VII mandates regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to undertake rulemakings designed to meet G20 objectives of increasing transparency and reducing systemic risk in the derivative markets, including:

  • Reporting swap transactions to a swap data repository;
  • Clearing sufficiently liquid and standardized swaps on central counterparties;
  • Where appropriate, trading standardized swaps on trading platforms; and
  • Setting higher capital and minimum margin requirements for uncleared swaps.
  • The CFTC has completed most of its Title VII mandated rulemakings, establishing a regime of regulatory oversight for many new entities, including swap intermediaries known as “Swap Dealers” and “Major Swap Participants” (MSPs), as wells as clearing houses and trading platforms.

    Under this new regime, sufficiently liquid and standardized derivatives transactions are required to be centrally cleared, and the most liquid of those are required to be executed on platforms.

    Clearing Platform and Integration

    Markit’s Trade Manager offers buy-side participants a single platform for addressing electronic confirmation, clearing and electronically ineligible (‘paper’) trades. Buy-side firms can submit trades and track updates in real-time. Customers can upload trades in Excel format or via the Client API in a real-time FpML API. Our client, utilizing CRD, wanted to send SEF executed IRS and OIS trades to Trade manager.

    Swap Execution Facility (SEF) is a platform for swap trading regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that provides pre-trade information (bids and offers) and an execution mechanism for swap transactions among eligible participants. These transactions are usually sent to the LCH (London Clearing House) or CME (CME Group) for clearing.

    There is a challenge when implementing Trade Manager with CRD. Charles River has an interface with Trade Manager; however, the interface was created as a back office function. To support straight through processing, the challenge is to have trades match and clear in Trade Manager before sending it to the back office.

    The standard CRD interface was leveraged and customized to send the trade to Trade Manager once the trade is completely executed, prior to sending to the back office. This interface created an Excel CSV file that was sent via SFTP and automatically injected into Trade Manager. The status’ from Trade Manager are sent to CRD every 15 minutes (not real-time) and are visible on the trade blotter. Once the trade has reached ‘cleared’ status, the trade is automatically sent to accounting. You can see real-time status’ utilizing Trade Manager accessed via a web browser.

    Because of CRDs incredible flexibility we were able to leverage and customize the existing interface to accomplished clearing the trade prior to it being delivered to the back office. This eliminated the need for cancel and corrections due to unmatched trades, cutting down on cost and creating a straight through process for SEF executed IRS and OIS trades.

Performance Attribution for Asset Managers

April 15th, 2015

Performance attribution allows asset managers to provide timely feedback on the investment process, internally and externally. In the past few years, firms have met challenges to meet industry standards in evaluating sources of returns for transparency and disclosure in performance and attribution measurement. Adeptyx Consulting is helping our clients to be better positioned for growth, and getting there through leveraging automation as a modern approach to more effective data management.

More and more, firms are diversifying across asset classes. This significantly increases the complexity of performance measurement and attribution, and many firms are struggling with inflexible infrastructures that do not support their growth.

There are a lot of available products and options for firms who want to evolve their performance attribution models, and who are looking to balance customization and flexibility, with quicker implementations and lower costs. Solutions include exploiting existing features of in-house portfolio management systems, choosing to build or integrate purchased software, or signing on for cloud or hosted solutions. Decisions to build, buy or develop a hybrid approach are situational dependent, and the pros and cons of each approach must be considered.

A disciplined approach to projects and a rigorous examination of a firm’s requirements is needed to seek out the beChartst solution.

Priorities for today’s business include:

  • Seamless integration with existing systems;
  • Support for changing business functions;
  • Normalizing data inputs from multiple sources;
  • Ensuring consistent data across systems;
  • Maximizing the value added for costly market data;
  • Minimizing project costs and the time to implement;
  • Customizing solutions when necessary;
  • Automation of data collection, and calculation;
  • Reporting of results internally and externally;
  • Ability to scale systems for increased volumes and products.

A good initial step in the process of evolving your performance attribution system is to understand what solutions are available in the market place. Adeptyx Consulting has done comparisons of featured systems and can provide insights into our findings upon request. Please send inquiries to: AriFuad@adeptyx.com.

Case Study – Client Reporting Strategy

January 13th, 2015

Client Challenge and Objective:

A large Global Asset Manager’s (AM) client reporting process was no longer meeting the needs of their growing organization. Additionally, the AM desired a more robust, scalable, and automated client reporting solution. A temporary tactical solution was applied internally, the AM engaged a 3rd party consulting firm to undertake a strategic assessment of their existing client reporting architecture and processes.

The primary objective was to identify a ‘best of breed’ client reporting solution, covering ‘end to end’ functions such as data sourcing / transformation / storing, workflow, flexibility to produce client specific formats, automation of commentary process, report assembly / production, and publishing capabilities. For a ‘Buy’ alternative, a list of preferred client reporting vendors would be provided, with their relevant strengths and weaknesses.

 

What We Did:

Adeptyx consultants started by interviewing stakeholders involved in the client reporting process to gain an understanding of current and future state requirements. We subsequently interviewed and assessed leading client reporting vendors for potential fit with the client’s requirements. Adeptyx also utilized its deep industry network to gain current and relevant feedback on the leading client reporting systems.

We then designed a high level ‘future state’ architecture, which identified the need for a Client Reporting (CR) Data Mart. As the client had a large number of independent data sources, we recommended that an initial emphasis on improved data consolidation was critical. This consolidation would greatly facilitate any package implementation and also provide other ancillary reporting advantages.

The scope of the solution included the production of client reports, meeting and pitch books, RFP’s, fund factsheets, and ad-hoc report requests.

 

Results:

Adeptyx provided the AM with a proposed ‘future state’ client reporting architecture, depicting both ‘Build’ and ‘Buy’ components. The AM was also given a list of vendors (with rankings) that best fit their client reporting requirements. Our analysis included strengths and weaknesses for each vendor along with a justification summary for the top three vendors.

The AM was well positioned to issue a formal RFP to the top 2-3 vendors and conduct a deeper assessment of each vendor based on their specific reporting requirements.

Additionally, Adeptyx provided the AM with a proposed future-state staffing model (both project and organizational based), and a list of prioritized next steps to successfully advance the client reporting architecture.

Margining TBA’s – The Issue for Asset Managers

October 16th, 2014

How to reduce risk by implementing margining agreements

Given the enormity of the forward settling MBS market ($750B – $1.5T), the Treasury Markets Practice Group (TMPG) recommends an exchange of two-way variation margin to mitigate the risks associated with unmargined agency MBS transactions.

Participating asset managers of all sizes are taking heed and working to implement margining agreements to reduce risk and meet client and counterparty expectations.

The challenge for asset managers is weighing the benefits (risk mitigation, client and counterparty expectations) against the impact to operations and on legal resources. A number of managers are already margining other securities and merely levering their collateral management processes.

However, many asset managers are not moving toward voluntary compliance. Managers who do not develop the infrastructure to support TBA margining may be unable to meet investment mandates, or restricted to a less favorable asset mix- resulting in unintended negative outcomes.

While many managers and dealers continue to trade without the benefit of bi-lateral margining, there’s increasing momentum toward complying with the TMPG’s best practices guidelines.

Dealers are feeling increased pressure to sign MSFTA’s (Master Securities Forward Transaction Agreement) with counterparties due to the proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 4210. The amendment echoes the TMPG recommendation, but goes further to include requirements for maintenance margin and other changes which could re-open negotiations with their counterparties.

Given FINRA’s proposed amendments and resultant comment period, a large number of asset managers are pausing on renegotiating the MSFTA’s until the rules are finalized. Once in place, managers and dealers will need to pick up the ball, negotiate agreements and implement margining.

Why Compliance Is Worth the Effort

With the trend toward increasing regulations and an appetite for finding ways to stabilize markets, asset managers may want to consider margining to limit their counterparty risk and prepare for what may be mandatory in the near future. Additionally, asset managers with systems and operations that currently support other marginable products (e.g., OTC Derivatives) may not find adding TBA’s overly onerous.

Asset managers should weigh the costs of either outsourcing collateral management or converting systems/operational processes against the actual potential for loss in their overall risk profiles. Until dealers start demanding that all of their counterparties agree to margining, there may not be strong incentives for some asset managers to do so. Yet, by complying early on, managers would not be caught in a rush to negotiate terms with dealers, nor be faced with the pressure of regulatory driven projects that may impact a substantial number of client portfolios.

Lastly, it will be interesting to see if there is any impact to MBS markets should asset managers decide to use other security types to meet investment management mandates. Another consideration is how clients may react to dealer demands for additional information to satisfy credit requirements and the potential for increased costs due to operational and legal requirements.

What Are Asset Managers Doing?

Some managers who maintain a relative high exposure to forward-settling agency MBS are substantially complying or working toward implementing margining with their larger dealers, albeit pausing given FINRA’s amendments are in flux.

Most managers have yet to take action given their MBS exposure and risk versus benefit assessment. Each manager must evaluate their current and anticipated investment strategies, risk tolerance, client views, regulatory trends, and the state of their operational preparedness before deciding which path to take.

Where to Start?

Assess your current and anticipated future exposure to:
o Agency MBS
o TBA transactions
o Specified pool transactions
o Adjustable rate mortgages (ARM) transactions
o Collateral mortgage obligations (CMO) transactions

Assess your firm’s risk profile, client and dealer expectations, and risk mitigation value versus cost and impact

Assess your systems and operational capabilities to support margining, including:
o Identification of trades and ability to mark collateral
o Mark-to-market calculations
o Reconciliations
o Communication with custodians

Assess your ability to support legal documentation, including impact to legal team and volume of agreements with dealers

How Adeptyx Can Help

Adeptyx has a seasoned team of professionals who have extensive experience helping clients navigate their most complex operational and system challenges. Our senior project managers have direct experience with assessing and implementing collateral management tools and the TMPG’s recommendations for forward-settling agency MBS.

We can:
1. Help assess the impact of the TMPG recommendations/FINRA 4210 to your firm
2. Assess infrastructure readiness, steps to take, impact to your legal team, and anticipated costs
3. Assess and recommend alternatives; outsource collateral management, build internal processes and controls, buy margining solution
4. Help design a customized, achievable roadmap
5. Help with project management and implementation; ops and systems, legal contracts and tracking with broker/dealers, service providers, custodians, and vendors

The regulatory environment continues to trend toward tighter controls and closer scrutiny to protect investors. TBA margining helps reduce systemic risk and, arguably, improves market liquidity. Therefore, asset managers should anticipate that TBA margining will become mandatory and prepare accordingly on their terms.

Adeptyx possesses the industry expertise to help you develop your strategy and implement the right solution.

Contact us to learn more and how we may be of service.

Adeptyx April 2014 Update

May 18th, 2014

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Volume 2, Issue 1 April 2014
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Getting the most out of your Charles River IMS Investment
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Adeptyx is celebrating its
 five year anniversary! 
 
First of all, I want to thank our clients. You supported us in the beginning and continue to value the work we do. Thank you for the repeat business and referrals.
I also want to thank all of Adeptyx’s hard-working consultants. Your skills, expertise, and dedication are what our clients rely on and is what has driven the loyal business so integral to our growth and continuing success.
 
It’s been a great five years. We look forward to the next five years of continued growth and mutual successes. 
The main theme of this newsletter is to showcase our Charles River Development capabilities, and discuss how we can help you get the most from your CRD investment.

Getting the most out of your Charles River IMS Investment

Adeptyx has a robust and experienced Charles River Consulting practice. 
Charles River Investment Management System (IMS) software is complex.  
The software is highly configurable to deliver customized workflows with the goal of improving operational efficiency across the investment process. However many firms fall short of this goal.
We are here to explain how Adeptyx can help you get the most out of your Charles River IMS Investment.

The Adeptyx Advantage
 
Adeptyx has extensive experience with CRIMS and we know what works.  
 
Our consultants have worked with Charles River Development (CRD) software since the early 2000s. We have been involved in a number of Charles River Investment Management System (CRIMS) installs, upgrades, and tunings, underscoring our proficiency with v8, v9 and v8 to v9 upgrades.
 

We know that every firm is different and that one approach doesn’t fit all. We take the time to really learn and understand your identity, your focus, your current direction, and then assist you. This is how we partner.

Because of all these reasons, we help you maximize the value proposition of your Charles River application. 

Key benefits that Adeptyx will bring to the table in a v8 to v9 upgrade project:
 
  1. Insight into industry best practices.
  2. We partner with clients to ensure our projects are successful and help create realistic project plans.
  3. Adeptyx will ensure that you benefit from new features and application enhancements.
  4. We understand data and how poor or missing data will impact application functionality.
  5. Adeptyx consultants have their own CRIMS implementation toolkit. 
  6. We have compiled a number of tips and tricks on CRIMS upgrades and usage that help us more quickly diagnose and solve existing problems.

Click here for more information on the benefits and challenges of moving to Charles River IMS v9.

Thank you for taking time to keep up-to-date on Adeptyx.  Please contact us to learn more about how we can help your firm manage the complex systems and operations essential to Asset Management.
Sincerely,

Ari Fuad, CFA
President, Adeptyx Consulting

Adeptyx Consulting Two-page Overview PDF

April 28th, 2014

The link below opens a 2 page PDF that summarizes our expertise and services and is an easy way to get a quick overview of our business.

Adeptyx 2 Page Overview

Case Study – Operational Excellence

April 25th, 2014

Operational Excellence Strategic Review

The Problem:

A Wealth Management/Family Office firm had rapidly increased in size, operating complexity, and maturity.  Due to this growth, the firm was concerned it wasn’t operating at maximum efficiency.  Also, the firm wanted to be properly positioned to support expected future growth. The company was at an inflection point, and wanted to engage a third-party consulting organization to undertake a strategic review of their operation.

What We Did:

  • Started by conducting interviews with management and staff to understand ‘current state’ job functions and business processes.
  • Documented current state job descriptions, process/data flows, and operating model/functions.
  • Facilitated joint sessions to derive a ‘future state’ operating model – identifying where functional re-alignment was required.
  • Created future state job descriptions to align with the newly proposed operating model.
  • Held joint sessions to analyze the current state process flows, and identified several business process improvement (BPI) opportunities.
  • Finished by documenting a series of recommendations- including both process improvement and automation opportunities to increase efficiencies and reduce operating risk.

Scope of our work covered the following functions:  Operations, Client Service, Investment Analysis, Partnership Management, Compliance, Human Resources, and Administrative Support.

The Results:

The wealth manager was provided an improved organizational structure, which allows them to more efficiently scale the business with better alignment of job functions. We identified several new roles, shifted job functions to lower cost resources, and better aligned tasks with staff skillsets.  Additionally, Adeptyx offered several operating model recommendations to improve project delivery and on-going change management initiatives.

The company also was provided a prioritized list of BPI recommendations that will help streamline processes, increase automation of manual tasks, and reduce risk.

Getting the most out of your Charles River IMS Investment

April 17th, 2014

Adeptyx has a robust and experienced Charles River Consulting practice. Our consultants have worked with Charles River Development (CRD) software since the early 2000s. We have been involved in a number of Charles River Investment Management System (CRIMS) installs, upgrades, and tunings, underscoring our proficiency with v8, v9 and v8 to v9 upgrades. The first Adeptyx v9 project went live in September 2010 and since then we have performed or participated on several successful projects.

Charles River Investment Management System (IMS) software is complex. The software is highly configurable to deliver customized workflows with the goal of improving operational efficiency across the investment process.  However many firms fall short of this goal. Reasons for this shortfall vary, but typically fall into one of 3 categories:

  1. The software was never installed correctly in the first place.
  2. The software was implemented properly but not completely; the project was rushed, wish lists were pared back, and users were left with an unclear understanding of how to support it.
  3. The initial software implementation was successful but the configuration has decayed over time, making a tolerable situation worse. A contributing factor is that companies often perform like-for-like upgrades and fail to take advantage of new application functionality. Workflow modifications to handle firm driven changes in assets being managed, compliance, and trading practices can also contribute to less effective usage over time.

What are some benefits and challenges of moving to Charles River IMS v9? Here are some key benefits, features and challenges likely to be encountered and evaluated during most upgrade projects.

1)     Significant performance improvements over earlier versions. On our projects we have seen improved performance around FIX, order imports, as well as core application performance due to architecture changes.

2)     In v9 the application can contain many blotter views. The views are managed through user profiles. One key project issue is how clients should approach blotter profiles.  Questions to be answered include: Should a template user be created? Does it make sense for application users to share profiles or have individual profiles? Do you allow end users to make updates or only have read-only access to their profiles?

3)     CRD has redesigned the privilege model for v9, allowing for more flexibility. However this flexibility also requires the implementation team to make decisions on how to best use the user administration and group administration windows to implement the preferred privilege model. Our recommended approach is to define / establish business groups, and assign privileges at the group level.

4)     Clients need to determine how best to take advantage of new functionality.  To do this, clients should review and eliminate custom processes implemented in prior versions such as custom stored procedures and custom triggers. Also, investigate if outside applications, spreadsheets and manual procedures can be replaced.

5)     Identify opportunities to make blotters and workflow rules event driven. The goal is to convert most queries to run real time, thus providing better information to the end users.

6)     Several compliance enhancements were introduced in v9 that should be examined and discussed to assess the usefulness and applicability to the current workflows. These include useful features like in-trade compliance, four-eyes test authorization, validate test, ‘as of’ compliance, and substantial shareholder disclosure rules.

7)     Charles River v9 was greatly enhanced over v8, and therefore a full review of all v8 workflows is needed. Obstacles will be encountered and end users will be required to change some of their workflows to gain efficiencies when moving to the latest version. To lessen the user impact, involve key end users early in the project.

8)     Futures spread-trading has been introduced into the v9.1 application series.

9)     Most clients run Charles River v9 on Windows 7. Therefore, your upgrade project might need to plan out how the Win7 machine rollout will occur inside their organization.

10)  Clients encounter bugs in every CRIMS release.  To reduce the impact of these bugs, plan and perform testing throughout the project on key user functionality and workflows. Depending on the severity and the availability of a workaround, there might be a need to push CRD to include certain fixes in the next dot release. Adeptyx consultants are knowledgeable about known application issues that could impact your workflows and can suggest potential workarounds.

The Adeptyx Advantage:

Adeptyx has extensive experience with CRIMS and we know what works. We know that every firm is different and that one approach doesn’t fit all. We take the time to really learn and understand your identity, your focus, your current direction, and then assist you. This is how we partner. Because of all these reasons, we help you maximize the value proposition of the your Charles River application. Here are some of the key benefits that Adeptyx will bring to the table in a v8 to v9 upgrade project.

1)     Insight into industry best practices. Our consultants have seen what works and what does not work at multiple clients. In addition, our consultants have Charles River IMS experience as well as significant industry experience performing non-CRIMS projects.

2)     We partner with clients to ensure our projects are successful and help create realistic project plans. In addition, we team with key project stakeholders like Portfolio Management, Trading, Compliance, Operations and IT. Our consultants are often embedded with end users to truly understand their pain points, application shortcomings and wish lists items. During our projects we often make v8 production tweaks to resolve existing issues. On all of our implementations, we focus on end user value and satisfaction.

3)     Adeptyx will ensure that you benefit from new features and application enhancements.

4)     We understand data and how poor or missing data will impact application functionality.

5)     Adeptyx consultants have their own CRIMS implementation toolkit. Our best practice toolkit covers everything from configurations and workflow design to change tracking, migration planning and queries that can speed up projects. Our consultants will ensure unbiased implementation guidance and upon project completion our consultants will leave you with documentation and configurations that will position you for future upgrades.

6)     We have also compiled a number of tips and tricks on CRIMS upgrades and usage that help us more quickly diagnose and solve existing problems.

Here are some key reasons why clients engage Adeptyx consultants on Charles River IMS projects instead of just using Charles River Development (CRD) consulting services resources.

  • Adeptyx consultants are more experienced than typical CRD resources, with broader exposure to the investment industry. Adeptyx has seasoned senior professionals that are well versed in CRIMS, with deep install and upgrade experience in v8, v9 and v8 to v9 upgrades. We provide senior resources with broad CRIMS product knowledge, so you won’t be training our resources on your dime. Our consultants average 20 years of industry experience and have held senior positions in global investment firms, Big 4 consulting firms, software vendors and service providers.
  • Our consultants are more versatile, giving you a more complete implementation. Adeptyx consultants are much more familiar with peripheral systems and thus better equipped to make sure to get CRIMS properly implemented. Our staff can bring the conversations beyond Charles River software by putting the focus on your business versus the tool. When you select Adeptyx resources to lead or participate on your projects, you will end up with a well-rounded overall operating strategy.
  • Adeptyx consultants are well equipped to advise on better practices. Through our engagements we have developed keen insight into which practices and processes make sense and which do not.
  • Our consultants advocate for you, making sure your requirements are fully achieved. We put vendor management front and center, helping clients gain more insight through unbiased dialogue. We have no constraints put on us by the vendor, and as a result our consultants engage you in open, independent and straightforward communication. Given our client base, we also have contacts at our other firms that can be leveraged in an open exchange of ideas. Our collaborative team approach benefits each client initiative.
  • We leave clients better prepared to support Charles River in production. When we train your end-users, we make sure they understand how the tool behaves, why it behaves that way, and what happens if you choose a certain parameter. Adeptyx places heavy emphasis with your end-users on the testing, training and transition phases so that you can readily engage the tool in production. We share as much information as we have, leaving you with considerable documentation on the complexities and customizations. Our goal is to ensure our clients are self-sufficient after working with us.

Clients find that Adeptyx offers a clear alternative to vendor resources, and the repeat business from our clients demonstrates this. Our specialty is helping clients to attain improved operations, reduce risk, and strive for efficient process governance. That is why asset management firms turn to Adeptyx for end-to-end consulting with the goal of better leveraging their software solutions. We get you to a better spot, and leave you better prepared to support Charles River Investment Management System in the future. Our knowledge is your advantage. Let us help you grow.

Adeptyx October 2013 Update

October 30th, 2013

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SimCorp Dimension Experiences and Lessons
Adeptyx Opens East Coast Sales Office
Adeptyx Welcomes New Consultants
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Greetings!

Welcome to the October 2013 edition of the Adeptyx Update. It’s been a busy year and your continued interest in our industry professionals and the solutions they provide is gratifying. Our focus continues to be on delivering investment management process and systems solutions to asset managers. Over the course of the past year we worked on several dozen projects. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Developed and implemented a new middle- and back-office for fixed income asset manager spun out of a larger insurance business.
  • Managed the design and development of a system to control structural leverage for a closed-end fund manager.
  • Completed initiation phase of a large EDM project for an alternative investment management firm.
  • Completed multiphase implementations and integration of SimCorp Dimension in Canada and US.
  • Helped an asset manager outsource key middle and back office functions.
  • Built an operational data store to meet internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Worked on multiple Charles River (CRD) V9 upgrades.

With the growth in our business, we have continued to expand our North American footprint. In addition to opening Adeptyx offices in Boston and Los Angeles, we have also added staff in Chicago and Denver. Some of our recently hired consultants are profiled below.

Lastly, in this issue, Sal Auditore is interviewed on his recent experience with SimCorp Dimension.
We hope you find this information informative and useful.

 

SimCorp Dimension (SCD) Experiences and Lessons
 

Sal Auditore is a senior Adeptyx consultant with extensive experience in advising investment firms on SimCorp Dimension’s investment management software solutions.  He recently agreed to share his experiences and lessons learned given his involvement in numerous engagements.

 

1. Sal, can you tell us the kinds of SimCorp Dimension engagements you’ve worked on?

I have worked on 6 SimCorp implementations at asset management firms and pension plan sponsors both in the US and Canada.  These engagements covered most of SimCorp’s modules.  The implementations involved complex account structures and all security types including OTC derivatives, bank loans, and alternative investments.

2.  Can you share the key factors for technology and operations executives who may be considering a systems conversion, and are there unique considerations for SimCorp?

The first key factor is to identify where your operations and technology is deficient, taking into account both your current and anticipated future state requirements.  A gap analysis, which should encompass all areas of the firm, from portfolio managers and traders to back office personnel, is essential.  This holistic approach eliminates the possibility that something critical is missed.  Many firms over the years have cobbled together disparate technologies, taking a best of breed approach.  While this distributed systems architecture was often necessary or preferred, it has almost always led to data synchronization issues.  Multiple systems lead to data discrepancies, increased risk, high cost, and at times, lost investment opportunities as data issues can impede trading and lead to costly errors.

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Thank you for taking time to keep up-to-date on Adeptyx.  Please contact us to learn more about how we can help your firm manage the complex systems and operations essential to Asset Management.
Sincerely,

Ari Fuad, CFA
President, Adeptyx Consulting

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