The Charles River white paper, âBest Sourcing â Turning the Front-Office Platform into a Competitive Advantage,â explains how the strategic use of managed services improves the utilization and value of the investment management platform and gives firms the flexibility to support new business initiatives to manage for growth. According to Charles River, best sourcing of hosting and application management taps into a vendorâs expertise; freeing up internal resources that allow buy-side firms to focus on core competencies, pursue new market opportunities and deliver better results to customers.
âFifteen years ago, the best sourcing approach would have been unthinkable to buy-side firms,â said Ed Fitzpatrick, director, Managed Services, Charles River Development. âWhatâs changed is that service providers have built on their original strength of economies of scale; developing the deep application and integration expertise, service packaging and delivery models necessary to meet the needs of a wide variety of buy-side firms. More than just managing costs, buy-side firms gain 24x7x365 expertise and support that is difficult to build and maintain in-house.â
Best sourcing is a key focus for Bridgeway Capital Management, a quantitative investment management firm in Houston, Texas that leverages Charles Riverâs Application Management and FIX Network Services. âIn general, Bridgeway believes in the best sourcing model,â said Chuck Bates, Operations, Bridgeway Capital Management. âWe want to keep our firm small in headcount and focus on asset management. We donât have an internal IT team, so itâs great to have experts to manage the Charles River system for us.â
âBest Sourcing: Turning the Front-Office Platform into a Competitive Advantageâ outlines four key areas of best sourcing for investment management platforms: application management, application hosting, integrated data services, and FIX network services.