Be Careful What You Pay For

Hiring a consulting firm can be a textbook good news/bad news situation: The good news is you’ve concluded you need help with whatever it is you’ve concluded you need help with. The bad news is you’re now faced with options you may not have anticipated. Here’s why:

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How Many Elephants Can You Fit in a Room?

In most instances, we only have to ignore one elephant in the room at a time. But when it comes to the conversion or updating of investment systems and data, the room could end up packed with a passel of pachyderms if you’re not careful. Here are just the beginnings of the herd:

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Headed For a Crash?

No one would deliberately drive off a cliff. We get that. But most companies that are headed for a precipice don’t even know they are. In fact, they’re usually well-intentioned, serious of purpose, and very intent on what they’re doing — so intent they forget to look up. That’s when the trouble starts.

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A Pain in the Back Office

If you’re managing a substantial backroom operation, that statement probably sends shivers down your spine. Derivatives and other complex investments are important portfolio assets for institutional investors. But they entail a constant game of “who’s on first?”

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Your Investment Software is not Word®

Business users often act as if upgrading their investment system is like getting a new version of Microsoft Word. It’s not. Word doesn’t require a project plan.

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Changing Roles. Changing Rules.

Even with common objectives, IT departments and business users can end up working against each other, resulting in bad feelings between them and dissatisfaction with the results. That’s because the IT and business sides of the house don’t see things the same way.

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Implementing a New Accounting System: Myths vs. Reality

Selecting and implementing a new accounting system isn’t easy. A committee has to select the software. The contract has to be negotiated. Then the implementation comes with common myths vs. harsh realities.

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