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Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions

Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions

19 September 2012

Roland Slee I recently penned a whitepaper entitled, “Unlocking the hidden value in financial institutions”. The paper’s central message is that having modern core business systems is vital to creating sustainable competitive advantage in today’s fast-changing business environment. I have been reflecting on the relationship between technology innovation and business advantage for decades now; it’s a subject... MORE

‘Surround technology’: Delivering value in the short-term

‘Surround technology’: Delivering value in the short-term

4 September 2012

System integration issues continue to present unique challenges to organisations seeking to make strategic decisions regarding product selection. Delivering applications to satisfy business needs requires an understanding of technology and best practice when faced with the constraints of legacy systems. Where critical business information resides across a variety of operating systems and databases, combining this... MORE

Driving change through innovations in Self Managed Super Fund offerings

Driving change through innovations in Self Managed Super Fund offerings

15 August 2012

Darren Stevens Darren Stevens, our Global Head of Product for Wealth Management recently chaired a round table that discussed driving change through innovation in Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) offerings. It was a fascinating discussion that saw some leading thinkers from the SMSF sector weighing in. A number of themes were touched upon and debated through the... MORE

Mind the Gap! Are you ready for the SuperStream ‘e-conversation’?

Mind the Gap! Are you ready for the SuperStream ‘e-conversation’?

2 August 2012

Daryl Wright With the start of SuperStream now under a year away and the ATO suggesting super funds need to have solutions in place for testing by the end of March 2013, now is the time for funds to ensure they fully understand the implications of SuperStream and are ready for 1 July 2013. There are a... MORE

MySuper: Who will be left standing?

MySuper: Who will be left standing?

29 June 2012

Colin Russell The MySuper start date is 1 July 2013, and all superannuation funds wanting to accept Superannuation Guarantee contributions after that date must first have their MySuper product approved by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). I recently looked through APRA’s MySuper application form, and was surprised by the amount of effort and skill that will... MORE

On the same page: is this the beginning of global regulation for the financial services industry?

On the same page: is this the beginning of global regulation for the financial services industry?

14 June 2012

Aubrey Nestor In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, a wave of new legislation has flooded the financial services industry and organisations are grappling with the biggest regulation implementation changes in a generation. Coming from all over the globe, these regulations have the common goal of making the industry more transparent and are placing organisations under... MORE

Delivering advice – A competitive advantage for super funds?

Delivering advice – A competitive advantage for super funds?

4 June 2012

Daryl Wright In recent weeks there has been discussion in the Australian industry about Investment Trends’ latest report stating that an increasing number of Australians are turning to Superannuation funds for advice. The report builds on a number of recent others, including from ASFA (Consumer attitudes to superannuation and super policy issues, Nov 2011), stating that members... MORE

The importance of IT

The importance of IT

15 May 2012

Len Rust Computer systems and applications that constitute today’s information technology pervade every part of every business and government, throughout Australia. IT’s rapid evolution has challenged business, government and non-profit organisations to extract the most benefits from their systems and applications and to update them as the organisations needs evolve. To some, IT departments should constantly modernise... MORE

Strengthening domestic fund management: All eyes on Ireland

Strengthening domestic fund management: All eyes on Ireland

2 May 2012

Tricia Riddell The funds industry is one of the great success stories of the Irish economy. From humble beginnings in the early 1990s, the region has become a global player. According to statistics from the Irish Funds Industry Association, it services assets in excess of €1,941 billion and employs over 11,000 people. But what next for this... MORE

2022: The coming of age for Generation Y

2022: The coming of age for Generation Y

24 April 2012

Jamie Macgregor This week, the Celent team have been developing the content for a workshop that we will take to our clients to explore what the world of insurance could like in 2022 once the disruptive effects of today’s technology evolutions take hold, such as cloud, ‘Big Data’, and SoMoLo (Social, Mobile and Local). Although sometimes in... MORE