Following the pandemic and market volatility that ensued in its earlier days, private debt assets have hit new highs with total AUM reaching $887 billion as of June 2020 . To address this immense growth, however, deal/fund structures – along with operations and technology – have become far more complex, especially for those creative deals that have been designed to align with higher risk tolerance.
As managers continue to seek ways to improve their business continuity after COVID-19 drastically uprooted the workplace, many have turned their focus toward accelerating their digital transformation using a data governance solution. In the realm of data management, buy-side firms are making significant inroads by leveraging digital-first providers to propel themselves further up the data maturity curve and along in their journey.
There are a multitude of source systems that are used by front, middle and back-office teams in buy side firms. For the purpose of portfolio accounting, one of the most popular systems that is used is SS&C’s Advent Geneva, which allows funds to build their entire accounting book of records (ABOR) by feeding investments and reference data directly into the system.
With the sheer volume available today, most hedge funds and private equity firms consume data from a variety of sources such as market data providers, counterparties, fund admins and accounting systems. As a result, data is processed and consumed at multiple touchpoints, which can lead to dataset duplication and quality issues. However, implementing a robust master data management platform will enable funds to mitigate these challenges while simultaneously providing efficiencies and tangible insights. Read More
Organizational success depends on certain core building blocks that work in alignment with common business objectives. These main building blocks include business activities, data and analytics, but we believe the most important ingredient to organizational success is data governance. Although it has been somewhat of an abstract concept until now, data governance has been shown to provide cohesion in the standards to align people, processes, data and technology for successful and sustainable results while simultaneously helping organizations leverage data as a corporate asset.