‘Financial DVT’ blocking trade arteries, warns Xenomorph

28 March 2007

~ risk managers and front office staff spend up to 50% of time verifying information ~

‘Data Verification Time’ (DVT) is stalling the financial services industry, according to the CEO of Xenomorph.

Research and other trading staff are spending around half their working day manually validating data, and not enough time analysing it and creating value. With increasing data volumes, data sources and data complexity, this vital productivity issue is set to get worse unless it is effectively addressed, said Brian Sentance, CEO of Xenomorph.

“Financial markets move at such a pace that not having the right information to hand is the biggest sin a trading floor can commit. It’s essential that the information supporting any trading or risk decision is correct, but it’s unacceptable that people in these front line roles are spending so much of their time manually checking through it,” said Brian Sentance, CEO of Xenomorph. “I think everyone in the industry acknowledges the theoretical benefits of the ‘Golden Copy’ approach in data automation, but there has been a lack of attention paid to the mundane day-to-day data validation tasks that are part of the daily routine.”

“We work closely with our clients to automate the validation of all types of data for all asset classes, allowing them to focus on the priority issues that need addressing. From algo trading at one end to structured products at the other, data volumes and complexity are on the up. Data Verification Time is a clogging up our financial markets, and must be reduced for them to operate efficiently,” he concluded.

Become a bobsguide member to access the following

1. Unrestricted access to bobsguide
2. Send a proposal request
3. Insights delivered daily to your inbox
4. Career development