One of Japan’s oldest and largest investment trust providers had set its eyes on the next stage of its growth journey. Realizing that its legacy data estate was a barrier to scaling its business, it turned to RIMES Technologies for help.
The client’s data estate had evolved ad hoc over time, with new index and data feeds sourced from a variety of vendors and a third-party distributor. This approach required the asset managers’ in-house data team to spend the majority of its time on non-core data validation and remediation.
The complexity of the client’s data estate was also a considerable risk factor. Without strong, centralized governance, the firm lacked insight into who was using data within the organization and whether the license terms were being respected. The lack of visibility and control also meant that the firm could be paying twice for the same dataset.
Finally, the asset manager struggled to communicate with its data providers, as few people in the company speak English and it was difficult to find vendors with client service agents conversant in Japanese.
With RIMES, the firm’s data team can realign its focus and energy from important but low-value operational data management to high-value offensive data strategies that help drive growth. By providing high-quality, timely data RIMES is also helping to improve decision-making at the firm, arming portfolio managers with the data they need to make the best decisions for their clients. And thanks to RIMES’ partner Nomura Research Institute, which provides first-line support for its clients in Japan, the asset manager also benefits from on-the-ground support with fluent Japanese language speakers.
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