September 04, 2013

Among the many data management challenges faced by financial institutions, regulatory data requirements and dealing with data silos within the organization are top of mind this year, according to a survey by the Financial Information Management Association and Fenergo.

The survey, which included 110 respondents, found that 36% of them said regulatory and compliance requirements regarding data management are a top priority for their bank this year. With Dodd-Frank and other new regulations coming into effect, the respondents claimed that reporting and compliance work are trying up more resources.

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The data reference challenge most often cited by the participants in meeting some of those regulatory requirements was data silos within their institutions, with 50% of the respondents ranking it as their first or second biggest challenge. And 51% of them said sharing data between different parts of their institution is difficult and requires manual effort every time data is shared. That percentage was just as high when the survey was conducted last year.

“The re-usability of data and documentation across various parts of the institution for multiple regulations is a vital component of being able to comply with regulations simultaneously,” Marc Murphy, Fenergo’s CEO said in a statement on the survey’s results. “To do this, institutions need to eliminate data silos and adopt an enterprise-wide capability that… facilitates data sharing between key parts of the institution with little or no manual intervention.”

Jonathan Camhi is a graduate of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, where he focused on international reporting and interned at the Hindustan Times in Delhi, ...