State Street: Institutional Investors Plan On Outsourcing Data Management
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today new research, which reveals that more than half (60 percent) of institutional investors surveyed plan to partly or fully outsource their data management over the next three years. Currently, 52 percent conduct all of their data management functions in house, however, by 2021, this is expected to fall to 36 percent with 15 percent aiming to fully outsource this function to an external partner.
“Explosion in data complexity has fundamentally changed the way asset owners and asset managers compete and operate,” said Subbiah Subramanian, global head of State Street Global Exchange’s data-as-a-service offering, DataGX(SM). “Today’s investment climate requires an overwhelming amount of data, and as the lines between front, middle and back office continue to blur, smarter data management is absolutely essential for effective performance and recognizing growth opportunities.”
More than half of survey respondents (57 percent) cite the driver behind this change in data management as demands from regulators. However, it also appears that data [management] is rapidly becoming increasingly important to institutional investors with almost one-third (30 percent) stating that the incorporation of new information insights or alternative data into their investment process will be one of the strongest opportunities to help increase assets for their firm over the next five years.
In addition, almost half (46 percent) of respondents believe the implementation of a better data strategy has improved the alignment of their investment and risk teams; and 22 percent believe their data and analytics capabilities have become their most important competitive advantage.
Other key findings of the State Street research include:
- 43% of institutional investors consider the lack of integration between different data sources and types as the top data management challenge
- Five years ago, 91% of respondents said they had all or most of the right talent in place to advance investment data and analytics strategy. Today, this figure has fallen to 60%
- Over the next five years, 43% of respondents expect to rely on external partners as their source of performance and risk analytics
- 68% of institutional investors feel comfortable storing data on the cloud
“In an environment of increasing regulatory requirements, and with low yields necessitating investors to look into alternative – and often more complex – sources of alpha, it seems clear that institutional investors will continue to prioritise data management and analytics to make better investment decisions, meet regulatory requirements, and gain competitive advantage,” said David Pagliaro, head of State Street Global Exchange, EMEA. “It appears the natural and most effective next stage of this technological evolution is for institutional investors to partner with data and analytics specialists, allowing them to focus on their core competencies.”
To access the full findings, see State Street’s data and analytics survey.
 State Street commissioned PollRight* survey amongst 86 investment professionals between 12th March and 9th April 2018. Respondents to the survey comprised of institutional and alternative investors operating in sectors such as hedge funds, real estate and private equity.
 State Street’s 2013 Data and Analytics Survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit