Blog Entries from 07/2011
The Blackberry has long been the dominant mobile device in the enterprise world. But as time passes, iPhone and Android devices have gained popularity and are increasingly being adopted by businesses of all kinds, including hedge funds and investment firms. While making the switch from a Blackberry to an iPhone might seem like a great idea on paper, it's important to consider a variety of factors, including features and security.
We asked Jason Lisnak, one of Eze Castle's Apple experts to talk us through some of the key considerations. Here's what Jason had to say:
We recently hosted a panel at the Hilton New York to talk about some of the key challenges facing hedge funds today, as well as current trends in hedge fund technology.
Panelists included: Vinod Paul, Managing Director at Eze Castle Integration, Anurag Bhardwaj, Head of Strategic Consulting at Barclays Capital, and Vishnu Varma, Chief Technology Officer at Tiger Global Management.
Below is a summary of some of the key topics discussed at our recent seminar:
Hedge Fund Market Trends & Challenges
It’s been an interesting year thus far for hedge funds and other alternative investment firms, as inflows have been high but performance low. In addition to performance challenges, hedge funds continue to deal with increased competition for investments, and thus asset-raising remains a hurdle for many funds – regardless of their size or strategy.
Earlier this week, we looked at the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) requirements for mobile voice recording, which comes into effect November 14. In today’s blog post, we look further into the PS10/17 requirements as well as the hot topics discussed at our recent hedge fund technology seminar in London, focusing on due diligence, mobile voice recording and disaster recovery. Let’s have a look at the hot topics discussed by our panel of experts at our recent seminar:
Will investors give less focus to infrastructure in the future? Will the due diligence load lighten?
There is no sign that due diligence will lighten. In fact, more focus, especially with more institutional money hitting the FOFs, to ensure all risks are in the strategy and not the infrastructure. Remember most conduit investors’ “alpha” is in the quality of their due diligence process so expect to see further tightening. Growth has been exponential with little feedback to managers so it is extremely important to get strong service providers who can let you know the latest requirements.
Is your firm ready for November 14th?
To help firms prepare for the FSA mobile phone recording requirement that goes into effect on 14 November 2011, we hosted a breakfast seminar on July 6 at the Langham Hotel, London to discuss hedge fund technology, specifically archiving, mobile voice recording and disaster recovery.
Our panel of experts included: Simon Eyre, Service Director at Eze Castle Integration, Robert Powell, Director of Compliance at Global Relay, and Phillip Chapple, Executive Director at KB Associates.
The removal of the current exception (COBS 11.86R (1)) to mobile phones and other handheld electronic communications devices comes into effect November 14th after concerns were raised by stakeholders over the difficulties they face in recording communication on private mobile devices. Effective from November 14, the FSA will require all regulated firms to meet the following mobile recording requirements:
As you have probably heard, a number of international organizations have become victims of cyber hacking over the past few months. Sony, RSA (a division of EMC Corporation), Lockheed Martin, PBS television, Nintendo and several others have admitted to suffering data losses as a result of security breaches. Experts believe that hackers are getting more sophisticated and more difficult to detect.
Is your fund at risk?
Are you still unsure of exactly what cloud computing is? Is your hedge fund hesitant to adopt this new technology?
We get a lot of questions from hedge fund managers about using cloud services for their business. To help sift through the fog, Eze Castle’s Managing Director Bob Guilbert has created a short video and answered three key questions about hedge funds and the cloud:
- What exactly is cloud computing?
- What are some of the key benefits to using cloud services?
- Are you seeing more confidence from hedge fund managers in deciding to utilize the cloud?
I recently sat down with Eze Castle’s managing director of marketing and products, Bob Guilbert, to talk about cloud computing for hedge funds and the important questions investment firms should be asking cloud services providers during the evaluation process.
Following are Bob’s Top Ten Questions.
There is no question that having high intellectual intelligence improves your chances of success in corporate America. But history has shown time and time again that IQ alone will not get you through the dark days and tough times.
Consider why it is that when certain people walk into a room it brightens up, or why we usually seek advice from certain people. Why would you never question what certain people have to say, but never trust what some others usually say?
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