The first pillar of strategic agility is velocity. When the technical debt is high, the efforts, costs and risks associated with any change, even minor, are all multiplied and time to market lengthen beyond the acceptable. The first step to increase the pace of delivery and the ability to adapt quicker to the evolutions of the marketplace is simplification: reducing the number of systems impacted and streamlining change management processes. To support such a goal, technology providers must insulate their clients from the underlying complexity as it is progressively reduced. Technology needs to empower end users to directly drive change by reducing the dependency, created by the rigid division of labor between business sponsors, software developers, testers and systems engineers. This is why valantic FSA is investing on extending its low code development platform and Mesh Application Services Architecture (MASA) in order for the business to become more agile again.
How can financial firms differentiate themselves if they are all using the same systems in order to do the exact same things the same way? The second pillar of Strategic Agility is therefore differentiation. valantic’s solutions allow clients to define their own workflows or tools while leveraging existing state-of-the-art technology that provides the core functions without additional effort. valantic’s “buy and build” approach brings the best of both worlds: clients can develop their own intellectual property and edge on top of valantic’s first-class and battle-tested platforms for Fixed Income, FX, Equities, Derivatives and downstream transaction automation. Not only can our clients manage their trade lifecycle better, but they are also able to do it differently, to innovate now and to prepare for the future without needing to take uncertain gambles.
Also, Strategic Agility needs to extend as much into post trade as across front office. Often investment in post-trade lags that in front office. However, breaks and failures in post-trade operations can have just as big an impact as the ones in trading. valantic’s solutions can be applied across the entire trade life cycle, from supporting pre-trade decisions all the way down to sending payments.
In a data centric architecture, information is the backbone of value creation rather than the systems and applications that create, consume, or modify it. Data is therefore the intrinsic asset upon which successful businesses are built and operate.
Data Centricity is how firms avoid building up technical debt in the future. It also empowers a broad range of information stakeholders, leveraging intelligent on-time analytics to make better, faster decisions as well as automating systematic tasks and activities.
All our systems are designed to do exactly this and make data aggregation and subsequent monetization not only possible but more effective.
Achieving superior levels of agility and data centricity is no good if it comes at a cost that is out of step with new economics of our industry. In order to free the margins of maneuver required to innovate and differentiate themselves, financial institutions need to keep on improving on their cost/income ratios. At valantic FSA, we help our clients to tackle the entire TCO challenge, not just the licensing and maintenance costs, from multiple angles.
First, we offer multiple deployment models: from on-premises for clients who have the intrinsic economies of scale to manage their technology platforms themselves, to remote Managed Services for clients who want to keep on hosting the infrastructure but want to leverage our Tier 1 Engineering and Operations Center, to secure Cloud/SaaS deployments where valantic FSA implements, supports, runs, upgrades and maintains the entire platform from the hardware to the applications.
We believe that our clients should remain our customers by choice not by obligation. As financial firms commit to us, we commit to them. Our contracts offer transparent, predictable pricing; we do not impose any lock-in; we enable optionality, allowing for flexing up as well as flexing down the use of our products and solutions at any point in time.
Finally, we are convinced that great value cannot be delivered at the expense of quality. Our solutions are recognized as the most reliable ones in the industry. They scale up seamlessly and without trade-offs in performance. We never stop investing in our R&D to keep our products state-of-the-art and to consistently broaden our asset class and functional coverage.
At valantic FSA we help our clients combine strategic agility together with data centricity and lower TCO to help them position themselves for the future. We enable our clients to digitize and automate their critical workflows. We help them to augment their own IP with our solutions to buy and build interoperability for their perfect solution. Together we evolve the business of our clients, for them to stay on top of the game.
We believe that the realities of the financial industry, and capital markets in particular, demand a new approach. One that harnesses the latest technologies but that is also firmly rooted in interoperability and client empowerment. This is the source of the energy that shapes and drives everything we do in creating value for our clients.