Investment firms face many challenges when it comes to data management. The sheer volume of data can be overwhelming, while unstructured and streaming data present additional obstacles to extracting usable insights for making investment and risk decisions. Asset managers need new, innovative tools to curate and interpret the breadth of both internally generated and externally sourced data at scale.
Fragmented, siloed data also poses a challenge. Aggregating and reconciling data from multiple sources is time-consuming and complex, hindering timely investment decision-making and increasing operational costs. Multiple data streams often result in conflicting or unverified data — undermining investment professionals’ confidence in their investment decisions. Data velocity also becomes a consideration. With trading decisions accelerating, post-trade timeframes and batch (overnight) processes are giving way to more real-time intraday processes.
Our Speaking of Alpha series features insights and commentary from State Street AlphaSM experts on data, operations, technology and services. In this article, John Plansky, global head of State Street Alpha and Spiros Giannaros, CEO of Charles River Development join Frank Smietana, head of thought leadership at State Street Alpha for a discussion on how the launch of our Alpha Data Platform and Service is helping investment managers and asset allocators better manage their data.