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Funds Open Architect

Coping with a difficult landscape
Fund managers and fund distributors must struggle with a complex processing environment: “Today, the European cross-border funds processing landscape is suffering from a high level of fragmentation at both trading and post-trading levels in the transaction value chain resulting in high operating costs and considerable operational risks.” *
While client pressure and regulatory pressure is growing for “Open Architecture” – the right of investors to select the best available funds for their needs – implementation of Open Architecture remains expensive and incomplete.

Different Messages, Different Processes, Different Communications Channels
Most fund managers and distributors recognize the diversity of fund message types:
SWIFT FIN (formatted and unformatted), SWIFT XML, national message types (e.g., Investro in Germany, EMX in the U.K), proprietary FTP, and of course the fax machine. Even more challenging – and often less recognized – is the fact that every message type involves different
business processes and different communications channels. Managing such a diversity of messages, business processes and communications flows are the core competency of Funds Open Architect.
Funds Open Architect, powered by X-Gen, specializes in the message types and business processes most often used in funds distribution. It is supported by Swissrisk professionals with industry experience earned at such prestigious clients as:

  • Allfunds Bank
  • Banque de Luxembourg
  • Brown Brothers Harriman
  • Schroders

Rapid Time to Market, Reasonable Costs, Flexibility to Adapt
Funds Open Architect is built to extend the functionality of your current production systems, not replace them. All incremental messages, business processes and flows can be handled within Funds Open Architect, not your production system. Of course, it is always possible to “hard code” existing systems for the diversity of messages, processes and data flows that characterize the Open Architecture landscape. However, that approach typically means long lead times, high costs, and a rigid solution. Funds Open Architect in contrast reduces time to market to less than six months (often much less), with an investment cost in the low
6-figures, and ongoing flexibility to keep current with market changes.

How does Funds Open Architect work?
Funds Open Architect is a specific application of X-Gen, tailored for the special needs of the funds distribution market. As a graphically-based application, X-Gen is best understood via a live demonstration. Using a series of click-and-drag modules, business and systems analysts can:

  • Map messages, including use of logical operators within message structures plus Swissrisk’s library of industry standard messages (SWIFT, FIX)
  • Create data flows end-to-end
  • Manage and create automated routines for process mismatches
  • Create the data flows, control structures, and GUI “screens” for automated, paperless human intervention – when intervention cannot be avoided

Dion advises clients to deploy Funds Open Architect in a series of short, targeted projects. The ideal team for an initial project will be one or two Dion professionals, working
in tandem with a business analyst and a systems analyst from the client. With Dion training and completion of a first project, the analysts typically can lead a second project, with limited support needed from Dion. Often subsequent projects can be successfully conducted with no external resources. At Dion, our business model is to help put you in charge of your own implementations.

Funds Open Architect allows you to introduce important international standards to protect your investments because the standards are integral to the solution.
More than 10 years ago, Dion began integrating SWIFT processes and standards into their products and applications. The investment has paid dividends for our clients as new standards and SWIFT mandates are automatically supported by timely Dion product releases and upgrades.

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