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Buy-side Ramps up Adoption of Research Management Technology
April 1, 2020

Asset managers are increasingly looking to research management technology and systems to increase efficiencies and ‘work-from-anywhere’ capabilities, according to a survey from MackeyRMS.

The US-based research software provider, which polled 100 asset management investing, technology, operations and compliance professionals, found a significant 96% of buy-side firms that have no dedicated research management system currently installed would look to do so within the next two years.

“Our commissioned survey makes it clear that the asset management industry is serious about modernising the research management process,” said Chris Mackey, founder and CEO of MackeyRMS. “The drivers for this change – the need for accessibility, transparency and work-from-anywhere usability – are consistent with other front office modernisation initiatives undertaken across the investment enterprise in recent years.”

Long-only asset managers not using a research management system told MackeyRMS they are particularly focused on using the technology to improve process efficiency and work-from-anywhere flexibility. A significant 47% of long-only managers stated that increasing flexibility for where research is captured is a top priority for their firm, compared to just 18% of long/short managers.

The survey also highlighted that buy-side firms could reap more benefits from a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based research management system. Half of asset managers surveyed that have implemented a SaaS-based platform said they use the system on a daily basis, whereas just 14% of respondents with a desktop application model use their system daily.

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About MackeyRMS

MackeyRMS is a provider of SaaS-based research management software engineered to optimize the way analysts and portfolio managers generate, share, debate and act on investment research conducted for actively managed portfolios. Relied upon as a single system of record for research supporting the investment process, MackeyRMS is used by many of the world’s leading investment managers to organize key investment workflows, engender trust from investors, and streamline regulatory and compliance oversight. MackeyRMS is used by institutional asset managers and asset owners across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions.