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Benefits of Deploying Financial Service Systems in the Cloud

While deploying key financial service systems in the cloud has numerous advantages, the paradigm, as compared to on-premises systems, is sufficiently different as to require a comprehensive analysis of risks and readiness. The benefits of the cloud have been well documented (reduced up-front infrastructure costs, speed, ability to add server and storage resources on demand, […]

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Components of a Financial Transformation Program

The previous blog post in this series about transforming financial processes discussed the adjunct applications and their role in control and efficiency. This week, we take a detail look into the components of a successful transformation. Once the impediments to a firm’s financial process are understood, a targeted remediation effort can be constructed. Depending on […]

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Adjunct Apps: Improved Financial Process Control and Efficiency

Previously, we outlined a few areas of concern in the financial transformation process. The installment this week features adjunct applications and their role in control and efficiency. While not critical components of a firm’s financial process, there are supporting applications that can be deployed to speed and better control the operation. Master data maintenance, exception […]

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Identifying Points of Concern in the Financial Process

Last week, our blog series featured steps to crafting an effective financial system process. This week we change gears and point out a few areas of concern to be aware of in the process. Financial processes are not static. Changes to a firm’s business model (management, organizational structure, acquisitions, products, markets, countries of operation, etc.), […]

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Crafting an Effective Financial System Process

Our last blog in this series focused on embarking on the financial transformation process. The content this week will outline the effective financial system process and the steps to take when beginning. The General Ledger system is, of course, the heart of a firm’s financial system. A properly functioning General Ledger is, however, but one […]

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Embarking on a Finance Transformation Program

Finance transformation is a broad topic that potentially encompasses all areas of finance process, personnel, and technology. When a firm faces a problematic, manually intensive, time-consuming, and unsustainable financial process, a transformation project is a call to action. While finance transformation is a logical response to a sub-optimal financial process, these programs can easily overrun […]

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IBM BAW Transforms and Improves Financial Group

IBM’s flagship technology conference, Think, is taking place this week in San Francisco.  Perficient is proud to be a Gold sponsor of the event and will have several industry and technology thought leaders there presenting on how we have helped solve customer challenges leveraging IBM solutions. In one of the sessions, Tarek El Shamy (Perficient […]

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The Innovation Dilemma in Financial Services

Customers place a lot of value on innovation when selecting financial services products. They now identify “Innovative” as an attribute that stands out in terms of differentiation. Yet, most retail banks and credit unions struggle with innovation (as do most companies). In 1997, “The Innovator’s Dilemma” was published. It is considered one of the most […]

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New Data Shows Why Consumers Change Banks

We know that banks and credit unions have long relied on inertia as one of the primary forces that kept consumers from switching. You literally had to be driven away by horrible service or high fees – it was just way too much of a hassle to change accounts, get new checks and set up […]

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The Importance of Data Lineage in Data Governance

Data lineage is the capture of the flow of data from the source through intermediary systems and data transformations to a final destination or consumer. Having good data lineage provides a means to confirm that data used by consumers is from trusted, authoritative sources with adequate controls in place to govern the hand-offs between systems. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Support

The first thing any investment company must do in response to the new SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization is evaluate its current state of readiness. Chances are you have started a compliance program. However, we can help you understand your gaps, including areas where you need immediate action and longer-term changes to support the program. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Program Challenges

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the challenges you can expect when developing a response program. Expect challenges in various areas: Data Availability: All required data elements may not be available internally. […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Foundational Work

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below talks about the foundational work companies should have already completed. By now, you should have a program in place that covers the following work streams: Engage Report Filing […]

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SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization Deadlines

In our new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. While you can check out the full guide here, the snippet below shares some of deadlines that the new rules present. Form N-PORT If you are a larger entity with net […]

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Streamlining the Manufacturing and Automotive Treasury Function

The strategic vision of the manufacturing and automotive treasury function is to deliver efficiency, control, and scalability. The logical structure for this transformation includes several key components: business events, centralized demand deposit accounts with banking connectivity, and a reporting data warehouse. A comprehensive finance and treasury transformation program can help improve cash and liquidity management, […]

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Investment Company Reporting Modernization Goals & Expectations

In a new guide, we discuss the background of the SEC’s Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and the potential effects on individual financial institutions. The snippet below shares the rules’ objectives and expectations. The SEC wants to improve: The quality of information that funds report to the Commission The Commission’s risk monitoring and oversight, examination, […]

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[Guide] SEC Investment Company Reporting Modernization

In an effort to increase transparency, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted new rules and amendments, called Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules, which require registered investment companies to modernize their reporting and disclosures. While many investment managers have started their journey towards compliance, others have struggled. The new requirements can be daunting for […]

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FDIC Part 370 Testing Support

Each phase of a company’s Part 370 response will have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure that all the regulatory requirements are met and the FDIC’s ongoing testing will produce satisfactory results. Our industry-leading DevOps organization that can assist with: Test planning and execution Defect tracking and reporting Requirements traceability Continuous integration As with requirements […]

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Requirements Gathering For FDIC Part 370

For each of the technical work streams involved in a company’s Part 370 response, requirements will need to be defined and vetted with key stakeholders across the organization, as well as potentially with regulators. We have extensive experience creating business, functional, and technical requirements across a number of different companies in the financial services space. […]

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FDIC Part 370 Program Management

A bank’s response to Part 370 will require a multi-year, multi-functional program that could encompass dozens of individual projects. Given the scope and scale of affected institutions, most will already have several layers of project management responsible for different areas of the business. A strong response to Part 370 will need to integrate those different […]

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