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The importance of performance

The importance of performance

Source: Finextra Research, Intel

Finextra research into technology and business trends in financial services 2006/2007.

Executive summary:
  • Compliance, operations automation and risk management are chief among the critical issues that organisations are dealing with in their business and technology strategies.
  • Processing power is causing bottlenecks for organisations across a number of areas, but the key one is in risk computation, where 35% of organisations are experiencing bottlenecks.
  • In the trading environment, the ability to cope with growing volumes in commoditised instruments is seen as the biggest potential benefit from improved availability and management of processing power.
  • Energy consumption and the current high energy prices have already begun to influence procurement and application design decisions, with 33% of firms currently seeing this as a major concern.
  • On average, organisations enjoyed an increase in IT budgets of 11.1% this financial year. But that growth is expected to slow, with an average of a 6.9% rise for the next financial year, as organisations look to get the most from their investment.


The research was conducted among investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers in August.

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