Business critical issue

When simple data collection develops into a business-critical issue

It is not unusual to experience, that what seems like a simple solution in data collection, over time become so complex that it might turn into a critical issue for the organisation. But is it possible to handle the situation, where things like small spreadsheet solutions slowly develop into systems, and over time become business-critical and get character of daily IT production? It is, but you need to consider recognition, security and agreement on IT policies to make it turn into an advantage for the organisation. 

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Agile management

Being agile? Really?

Scrum has been around for 21 years, and has probably for the past decade been THE most popular software development framework enabling companies and organizations in the software industry to behave agile.

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Reconciled data

Do you understand the value of reconciled data?

Not surprisingly, the creation of regulatory reporting – such as financial reporting – is important for financial institutions. It’s a license to operate. Therefore, it is important to get things done at the right time and with the right quality. But one thing is the importance of financial reporting; another that it has to be repeated, month after month, at the right time and with the appropriate quality. As a result, it should only be natural to focus on optimizing the reporting process. But often that’s not the case.

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Busy business escalator

Known failures in buying Capital Markets software packages

The pace of change in capital markets area has never been higher. Profit margins are under pressure and institutions are seeking ways of lowering their costs. The 2 main drivers behind the increased demand for change is regulation and digitalization.

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Financial institutions

The upside down of financial institutions

Once upon a time not that long ago, banks looked very different from what they do now. My first bank was chosen because it was the bank of my employer, and as I became a customer, I got an actual banking book. My parents kept the book safe, and they handed it out to me with great awe, when I needed to deposit or withdraw money. But that personal connection and relation to a bank has changed today, because of our need for convenience and new IT solutions. The question is how will this change the financial landscape?

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Process Overview – a useful tool or just a waste of time?

Endless workshops, swimming lanes, input / output, triggers and process diagrams. The typical results of a decision to document the business processes of an organization. Is it just a smart idea from the management or can it actually be used for something?

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Alternative investments

CMP’s initial guide to Alternative Investments

Alternative Investments are the talk of the town. Most pension funds are heavily increasing their investments in Alternatives. However, Alternatives are, as the name indicates, not like ordinary investments, which is why regular investment systems and setups often fall short in terms of delivering satisfactory support. In the following, we will take an initial look on what organizations must do to comply with the formal and informal requirements involving Alternatives.

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CMP case: How AP Pension reduced their annual accounting reporting time from weeks to days

Capital Market Partners (CMP) has helped Danish pension fund, AP Pension, in optimizing their accounting processes – being able to generate annual accounting figures within 4 days. AP Pension is transforming from a “go fix it” to a “process and structure” mindset enabling focus on analysis and innovation instead of solving errors and maintenance. 

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The fundamentals of optimizing the accounting reporting process for financial institutions

Financial reporting is a highly complicated process where precise and timely reporting is pivotal. However, for some institutions the process doesn’t seem to be ideal. There can be several reasons to explain this but the inadequate procedures can often be attributed to a lack of human capital. Through this article we explain what preconditions to look for and where they should be situated in the organization in order to optimize the reporting processes. 

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The problems and prospects of disruption in investment management

Disruption is coming! Often said with anxiousness and flickering eyes. But what is disruption and how does it look in the investment management industry?

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