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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 Altair 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…

Deloitte on the Business Value of Visual Analytics

Several Deloitte partners have written an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal emphasizing the business value of using visual analytics to help managers reduce costs, identify anomalies and exceptions, and develop a better understanding of operations that can inform strategic decisions. They point out that the typical visualizations most people see in dashboards, presentations, and reports — pie charts and their cousins — can be confusing at best and misleading at…

Build a Kafka-Enabled HTML5 Trading Analytics Dashboard in 20 Minutes

I spend most of my time on site at banks, hedge fund offices, and exchanges helping them build customized trading analytics displays. One of the most common questions I hear is, “What should our internal technology staff focus on in order to make us more responsive?” To me, there’s only one right answer: Focus on the data fabric, not the GUI. The internal staff should strive to be as responsive as possible to the trading desks.

How to Solve a $65 Million Data Problem

Maximize ROI of your data with Monarch Swarm If you’re sitting on a big pile of data and thinking you’re ahead in the data-driven game, you could be in for a big surprise. For data to be considered high-quality, it must be readily available, easily found, and usable by all your employees. The biggest data problem for most companies isn’t the accumulation and storage of as much data as…

Panopticon 16.5 Delivers New Nanosecond-level Analytics Optimized for Electronic Trading Firms

Panopticon 16.5 Delivers New Nanosecond-level Analytics Optimized for Electronic Trading Firms Latest version makes it easier for capital markets firms to comply with MiFID II/MiFIR and enhances support for Apache Kafka BEDFORD, Mass. – November 1, 2017 – Altair Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) today announced the general availability of Panopticon 16.5. The latest version of the Panopticon real-time visual analytics platform represents a major advance in capabilities designed to help capital markets firms operate…