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Are your new MiFID II teams ready for prime time?

The Financial Times ran an article a few weeks ago about the hiring frenzy going on at banks in preparation for MiFID II. As they point out, “the number of job adverts on LinkedIn for MiFID-related roles has more than quadrupled in the last year in a sign of how companies are scrambling to be ready for the far-reaching European regulation.” I’ll point out that dealing with MiFID II, as well as any…

In-Memory Computing is the Present

Bobsguide published an article just before Christmas about the value of in-memory computing in cap markets that I found quite interesting. In it, they bring up the topic of “spread betting”: “The spread betting market is growing globally, with more than one million people opening spread betting accounts in Great Britain alone. The benefits of spread betting include low entry and transaction costs, preferential tax treatment, and a virtually unlimited array of products and options.

Taming the Wild West of Self-Service Data Preparation

This post was originally published on Jen Underwood’s blog: The self-service data preparation and analytics movement started with the best of intentions: help make organizations more data-driven, agile and confident in their business decisions. Instead, it’s become a bit of a Wild West. Everyone is working in silos that create inefficient operations – ungoverned processes, duplication of efforts, lack of a single source of truth – and popular analytics tools have fed the chaos. They…

Unhealthy Clinical Analytics Symptoms You Might Have – And How to Cure Them

Electronic health records revolutionized the way patient data is stored and accessed, converting records that once lived on paper or in siloed databases to easily accessible and shareable data. But accessing data is just the beginning. The real value comes from the ability to pull that data into meaningful reports that can be analyzed and used to make fact-based decisions. And that is particularly important for healthcare providers. By the nature of what they do,…

8 Signs That You Need Financial Reporting Help

Do your month-end and quarter-end closing activities feel like they take a year to complete? Do you wish your annual reports were like the Olympics and only came around every four years?  Do you find yourself suddenly in need of a “sick day” when forecasting time rolls around? If any of these questions resonate with a painful sting, it might be time to do something to optimize and streamline your financial reporting processes. The biggest…

The Member of the C-suite That is Leading the Digital Transformation

The Ever-Evolving Role of Chief Data Officers As companies collect more and more data on every aspect of their businesses, there’s an increasing need to ensure that the data is used strategically and intelligently to generate growth. This sounds like a job for a Chief Data Officer (CDO). The role of the CDO in corporate America is intriguing because it’s expanding to encompass much more than just the historical requirement of managing and enforcing data…

The Battle Over Excel

Excel is a lynchpin in many corporate finance units, but it’s impacting efficiency. Here’s what you can do instead… NOTE: Read our interactive eBook for more information on alleviating chronic spreadsheet pain.  You may be surprised at what’s getting CFOs so worked up these days. It isn’t a major global financial crisis, or a new federal policy, but rather a common piece of software called Excel. You may have heard of it before.

Star Wars: Episode VIII and a Half – The Last Analyst (A Work of Fan Fiction)

All of the excitement around the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it made the team at Datawatch realize that the plight of a Jedi was not unlike that of the common analyst, who fights the never-ending battle against their own data, armed with spreadsheets and formulas instead of blasters and lightsabers. Our very own Geoff Holm, Sales Engineer, crafted a work of Star Wars fan fiction to illustrate the parallels. We hope you…

Using Visual Analytics to Support MiFID II Compliance

Best execution under MiFID II is a holdover from its predecessor, MiFID I, but with two kickers. First, it’s much broader in scope, applying to all asset classes versus MiFID I’s equities-only focus. Second, and perhaps more onerously, it’s more forceful: investment firms have an obligation to take “all sufficient steps” to execute client orders to ensure the best possible outcome for their customers, compared with MiFID I’s mere “all reasonable steps”. MiFID II also…

The Biggest Myth About Self-Service Analytics

Are governance and agility really at odds with each other? REGISTER NOW – 3 Secrets to Effective Self-Service Data Preparation Governance with Jen Underwood of Impact Analytix   Self-service analytics solutions seem like a dream come true for analysts. They allow data workers to be agile in creating compelling and insightful data-driven recommendations for increasing revenue, cutting costs and competing more effectively. The rapid adoption of analytics software has empowered…