Barrington Partners today released its latest research document, the U.S. Fund Accounting Systems Review 2007. The Review provides a thorough analysis of 6 major, licensable software systems supporting U.S. mutual fund accounting requirements, detailng each systemâs functional capabilities and platform architecture. The Review also incorporates client commentary and feedback from at least 3 users of each system, in a 150 page document.
Since its initial publication in 1996, the Review has provided in-depth coverage of licensable systems that support domestic fund accounting requirements. During subsequent publications, both the topics covered and the systems included in the Review have changed to reflect current industry developments.
Written in a combination of expansive paragraph and check-box format, the Review has served as a research tool on fund accounting platforms, and is ideal for a pre-RFP decision on vendors to be considered for a system selection process.
. Eagle Investment Systems: Eagle STAR
. IGEFI (Luxembourg): MultiFonds
. Linedata Services (France): MFACT
. SimCorp (Denmark): SimCorp Dimension
. State Street Corporation: PAS
. SunGard Investment Systems, LLC: InvestOne Enterprise
. Our initial research phase involves in-depth discussions with senior industry personnel to ensure that the Review captures currently relevant information.
. We then work with each system vendor to gain up-to-date information on system functionality, as well as on recent and planned development efforts. This phase also includes information gathering on strategic company initiatives and organizational structure.
. The final phase involves interviewing three to five different clients of each vendor, to gain feedback on system usage. These confidential interviews cover specific system functionality and are conducted with operational staff utilizing the system on a daily basis, thus bringing significant hands-on knowledge of each system reviewed. Where possible, the interview process also includes commentary from senior client-firm personnel, in order to provide global and strategic insights relating to the system and vendor.
. These unattributed client comments are included in the final document to provide user perspectives and insights, which may at times contrast with observations made by other clients or the vendor.