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IT Capabilities Adding to Investment Banking Optimization

By: Banking CIO Outlook | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Investments banks require expertise in IT in order to add value to technological applications and maximizing efficiency.

FREMONT, CA: A company that does investment banking is as dependent on IT infrastructure as an IT company. If one looks at the operations and systems of an investment bank, one can easily realize that development in technology has enabled banks to evolve in a way that necessitates specialized IT teams and high quality IT solutions. Every process that runs is rooted in software programs and is backed by network infrastructure. Network connectivity, software development, system maintenance, deployment of solutions, and hardware management, everything needs the attention of IT experts.

Sticking to legacy systems that don't need as much IT assistance is not an advisable strategy as it creates disadvantageous situations like lesser speed, compromised efficiency, and unsatisfactory experience for customers. Transforming to modern IT infrastructure helps investment banks find innovative solutions and helps improve efficiency and productivity. To stay relevant and competitive, companies need to undertake a scalable transformation that ensures enhanced capabilities.

The fundamental role of technology in making investment firms successful necessitates the formation of an in-house IT team that can deal with issues ranging from the smallest to the largest in magnitude. In the situation when it is beyond the budget to acquire an IT team, companies have the option to outsource the tasks to any of the IT solution providers. These IT solution providers are handy because they minimize liabilities and provide customizable solutions in cost-effective manners.

The issue of cybersecurity has grabbed a lot of eyeballs in recent time owing to the notorious attacks that have happened to several organizations globally. Reliable security systems that can defend the investment banks against frauds and data thefts are integral. Regular upgradation of software applications and password updates are the duty of IT professionals. Apart from streamlining security and managing applications, IT professionals are also expected to have a general idea about the investment industry.

Thus, the role played by IT in an investment bank is instrumental in energizing security and wide-ranging technological applications.

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