Hedge Funds Identify AI, Mobility and Data Governance as Key Themes During Indus Valley Forum

Apr 28 2017 | 7:52pm ET

Hedge fund managers are concerned about artificial intelligence, cloud-based platforms that increase mobility, and data governance, according to new data from alternative asset technology specialist Indus Valley Partners.

The findings were compiled during the company’s annual Mind Meld Hedge Fund Forum held in New York City in late April. The event was attended by CFOs, CTOs, CROs and CIOs from within the alternative asset management industry and collectively represented AUM of more than $900 billion.

The forum ran under Chatham House Rules, the company said in a statement, and identified a number of key themes facing alternative mangers.

  • AI and Machine Learning helps to address the Data Deluge: Volume, velocity and variety of data will overwhelm Asset Managers unless they leverage an entirely new set of tools and techniques. Machine Learning, Big Data platforms and AI will become a need to have not a nice to have. A hybrid Man/Machine platform will be the likely outcome as opposed to Man being replaced entirely by Algos and AI.
  • Mobility: The cloud-hosted platform and more fluid UI less experiences will become the norm. The economics are too compelling to ignore. Security concerns are diminishing every year as more and more personal data moves to the cloud.
  • Governance: Data governance becomes a strategic imperative. The data deluge combined with the availability and accessibility of data (via mobile/cloud) requires that digital assets be safeguarded in the same way as assets under management.

Founded in 2000 and specializing in portfolio management technology for alternative asset managers, Indus Valley Partners includes more than 130 asset managers and PE funds, including 20 of the top 50 global hedge funds, among its client base. Some 25% of global hedge fund AUM, or approximately $1.3 trillion, is managed using IVP technology. 

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