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Finding Agility & Focus by Hosting Your Hedge Fund Applications in the Cloud

By Jennifer Odence,
Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Application Hosting WebinarEarlier this week, we hosted a webinar on the topic of application hosting in the cloud and featured our newest partner, Black Mountain Systems. Our speakers looked at the benefits firms can realize from hosting their hedge fund applications in the cloud as well as the future of cloud adoption. Let’s take a closer look at what was covered. If you’d like to watch the full event replay, click here.

Here at Eze Castle Integration, we see the adoption of cloud computing continuing to grow in a significant way, particularly among new startup firms. Realizing the operational and financial benefits of a cloud infrastructure, nearly 95 percent of new startup funds are opting to utilize the cloud. Existing firms are also shifting in this direction (though at a much slower pace), and we’re seeing on-premise infrastructure deployments starting to decline.

Categorized under: Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Outsourcing  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Ledgex Tackles Liquidity Management Challenge for Fund of Funds, Institutions

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Ledgex Liquidity Management SoftwareEffectively managi­­ng liquidity and reporting within investment portfolios has been a struggle for fund of funds, institutional investors, pensions and endowments. No manager wants to in a position where their investor liquidity does not match portfolio liquidity but at the same time firms are trying to offer investors more frequent liquidity options as a competitive edge. In some case, investors are even asking for no liquidity limits.

To adapt to the changing liquidity risk landscape, firms are selecting portfolio management systems from companies like Ledgex Systems. Recently, Ledgex released the next generation of its portfolio management platform that delivers new liquidity management and manager research modules.  These new tools give firms real-time visibility into their existing and proposed portfolio liquidity options while providing the research and analytics that support the manager selection process.

The Ledgex Liquidity module provides an advanced liquidity modeling utility and reporting engine, which can generate all available options for accessing assets given certain conditions by processing each tranche and their respective trade characteristics with a manager’s liquidity terms. Ledgex can model 90% of the manager liquidity terms used in the industry.   

Categorized under: Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Android Apps Coming to a BlackBerry Near You

By Kulvinder Gill,
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Android AppsIt’s true, the Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry is preparing to launch a new firmware upgrade to its BB10 OS smartphone, including the Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30 phones, that will allow Android apps to become available to its users via the BlackBerry World portal. 

There is no question the BlackBerry handsets have been struggling because of a significant “app gap.” Consumers have come to expect unimaginable numbers of apps at their fingertips, which can easily be found on iOS and Android.

In the past, BlackBerry only accepted apps created using their own proprietary format. The 10.2.1 upgrade to its BlackBerry operating system will support Android apps.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Software 



Best of the Year Blog Posts: 2013 Edition

By Kaleigh Alessandro,
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I know, I know, we say it every year. But can you believe another year has come to an end? Even more amazing? We’ve now been bringing you fresh content on Hedge IT for nearly four years – including close to 400 articles! As we look ahead to 2014, we want to extend a huge THANK YOU to our loyal Hedge IT readers and hope you’ll stick around to see what we have up our sleeves in the New Year. Here’s a hint: it may even include a fresh new look...Happy New Year 2014
 
With that said, as we do every year, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular Hedge IT articles from 2013. Here are some of your favorites (and ours, too).

Most Investment Firms Are In the Cloud: Are You?

Back in September, we revealed the results of our 2013 Survey: Examining Cloud Usage within the Investment Management Industry. In conjunction with IDG Research, we surveyed more than 100 financial services firms and found that nearly all of them (87%) are using the cloud in some way. Other key findings included the dominance of the private cloud (74%) and the growing belief that the private cloud is just as secure as an on-premise infrastructure. Read the complete survey report here.

Categorized under: Trends We're Seeing  Business Continuity Planning  Cloud Computing  Disaster Recovery  Hedge Fund Operations  Hedge Fund Regulation  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Security  Software 



2013 Benchmark Study Reveals Top Hedge Fund Applications

By Emma Howie,
Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The results from our Global Hedge Fund Technology and Operations Benchmark Study are in and here is a snapshot of the 2013 findings. You can find the complete report here. We surveyed 538 buy-side firms across the United States, UK and Asia in order to discover their front, middle, and back office technology and application preferences. 

Respondent Profile

Hedge Fund Technology Use Report Image

All survey respondents fell into the following categories within the financial industry: hedge fund (60%), asset/investment manager (13%), private equity firm (8%), fund of hedge fund (5%), non-financial firm (5%), advisory firm (1%), broker dealer (1%), venture capital firm (1%), quant fund (1%), or ‘other’ (3%). 

The firms resided in three different asset classes: 30 percent reported their AUM as $100 million and under; 32 percent fell between $101 and $500 million; and 38 percent reported over $500 million in assets under management.

In regards to investment strategy, long/short equity continues to dominate as the most favorable with 45 percent of respondents reporting this to be their primary investment strategy.  Other preferred strategies include fixed income (8%), credit (7%), global macro (6%), emerging markets (6%), distressed debt (5%), and event driven (4%). The top prime brokers employed by firms in 2013 are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and UBS (same as last year).

Now let's look at front, middle and back office applications most commonly used at hedge funds. 

Categorized under: Hedge Fund Operations  Cloud Computing  Communications  Hedge Fund Due Diligence  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Painting a Picture of Hedge Fund Technology (Infographic)

By Emma Howie,
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is an infographic of our 2013 Global Hedge Fund Technology Benchmark Study that explores the most common front, middle and back office applications and technology used at today's hedge funds.

Hedge Fund Technology Study Infographic
 

Categorized under: Videos And Infographics  Communications  Hedge Fund Operations  Infrastructure  Launching A Hedge Fund  Outsourcing  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Goodbye Windows XP and Office 2003: Are you ready for End of Support?

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Thursday, October 24th, 2013

On April 8, 2014 two Microsoft products – Windows XP and Office 2003 – will reach "end of support". End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance for these products.

What Does This Mean?

End of support is significant for a number of reasons. First, this means that Microsoft will no longer be a support option should complex issues arise surrounding the software. 

Secondly, Microsoft will no longer provide security hotfixes or any patches for these systems. This means that any security vulnerabilities left in these systems will no longer be addressed by Microsoft and calls to their support will not be worked.

The longer workstations keep Windows XP and Office 2003 versions, the more vulnerable they become to virus/malware/rootkit infestations and risk potential data compromise. 

Microsoft XP End of Life
















 

Categorized under: Software  Infrastructure  Security  Trends We're Seeing 



What is Hypervisor-based Replication? (We know!)

By Mary Beth Hamilton,
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Are you like one of the millions of people pondering the answer to ‘what is hypervisor-based replication and how will it change my disaster recovery approach’?  I know I was. 

So, let me help you with that!

Our technology experts here at Eze Castle Integration spent some time in the lab testing and evaluating hypervisor-based replication and recently incorporated it into our Eze Disaster Recovery 2.0 offering.  We think it delivers excellent benefits, but let’s start with the basics.

Eze Disaster Recovery with Hypervisor ReplicationWhat is hypervisor-based replication?

TechTarget defines hypervisor-based replication as “a technology that automatically creates and maintains replicas of virtual hard disks or entire virtual machines (depending on the platform that is being used).”  Analyst firm IDC goes on to say that this replication approach “protects virtual machines (VMs) at the virtual machine disk format file level rather than at the LUN or storage volume level, thus replication can be done without the management and TCO challenges associated with array-based replication.”
 

Categorized under: Disaster Recovery  Business Continuity Planning  Cloud Computing  Infrastructure  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Software Spotlight: Five Questions with Ledgex Director Brian Macallister

By Emma Howie,
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

We are happy to announce that our friends over at Ledgex have just launched their new website. In light of their recent achievement, I sat down with their Managing Director Brian Macallister to pick his brain on who Ledgex is and where he sees the company going in the future. Brian is the chief architect and product visionary of the Ledgex platform and is responsible for leading the company’s engineering, support and client service teams.Brian Macallister, Managing Director at Ledgex
 
Q: It has been a while since we covered Ledgex on Hedge IT.  For our readers not familiar with Ledgex, can you give us your elevator pitch?

A: Ledgex provides a portfolio management system for managers who invest with multi-firms. It delivers key functionality that supports portfolio management, investor relations and manager research for firms that invest with other managers. Through a series of intensive processes we make our clients’ data repeatable to improve integrity, increase efficiency, and reduce error. We have produced a unique enterprise reporting platform and process management system tailor-made for the financial industry.

Categorized under: Software  Trends We're Seeing 



Snapchat "Disappearing" Messages: What it is and why you should care

By Dina Ferriero,
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

You may have heard of it – the newest social media app that’s sweeping the 18-25 year old demographic – Snapchat. But what is it, and how could the technology behind it affect the business world?

Snapchat is a photo messaging application in which users can take photos or record short videos on their smartphones, then add text or drawing and send them to select contacts. When sending the content, users have the ability to set a time limit for how long the recipients can view it (up to 10 seconds), after which the photo or video will disappear from the recipient's device.

Here’s a recent Snapchat ad that depicts how the app is used:

Categorized under: Security  Software  Trends We're Seeing 



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