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Award Categories

Please see the full list of awards categories below.

For 2016, we have introduced some new categories to the American Financial Technology Awards - and are now accepting entries from both end-users and technology vendors.

 

End-user Categories Click to view

Please note that these categories can only be entered by financial services end-users

This award focuses on global technology deployments for the wholesale trading environment. The judges are looking for successful rollouts that standardize the firm's trading platform and improve interactions with local markets in at least two regions.

The winner of this category will be the buy-side or sell-side firm that best illustrates its ability to manage its risk exposure on a pre-and post-trade basis, incorporating a mix of reliable and transparent risk measures, underpinned by a high-performance computing architecture.

This category rewards innovative uses of analytics tools to improve efficiency and operations. The judges are looking for submissions that, for example, highlight the use of analytics tools to improve processes such as collateral management, compliance and surveillance, and transaction-cost analysis, where the implementation of the technology has delivered real and measurable benefits to the business.

As local, national and international regulations mount, firms need to upgrade their reporting infrastructure, not only to comply with rules already in place, but also to address those in the pipeline. This award will reflect the platform's reporting capabilities as well as its flexibility and scalability to meet new reporting environments.

Open to individual business units, entries in this category should focus on projects that have been live for at least six months. The judges are looking for creative responses to delivering cross-asset trading capabilities to institutional clients. The application of technical expertise and end-users' derived benefits should feature prominently in firms' entries.

The winner of this award will demonstrate an innovative data management strategy that improves data quality and reduces costs across the enterprise through the standardization and consolidation of data management systems/tools.

Cloud computing has reduced overall computing costs, but it has also added an extra layer of complexity to infrastructure management. This award is open to buy-side and sell-side firms, as well as exchanges, that can demonstrate the greatest return on investment through deploying an internal cloud or integrating one or more third-party cloud environments.

This award focuses on global infrastructure deployments on the buy side or the sell side. The judges are looking for innovative strategies that deliver basic infrastructure support across the enterprise, reduce costs, and improve the delivery time of necessary resources to local clients.

This award goes to a firm that has undertaken an IT project or leveraged technology in a new or unique way that sets it apart from its competitors. Past winners have been recognized for the rollout of advanced algorithmic trading strategies and tools, and novel FPGA deployments.

Mergers and acquisitions of entire firms or business units often owe their success or failure to how well disparate IT systems and infrastructures are merged. The winner of this award will have successfully combined the technology of two or more firms such that the end result is stronger than the sum of its parts.

This category will go to the firm that is best able to enhance or improve its workflow, and increase the flexibility and agility of its workforce through the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Regulatory reforms affect all participants of any size in the modern financial markets. This award will reflect the best use of technology to enhance an institution's compliance with local and international regulations, in addition to client mandates.

This award will go to a US-based senior technology executive on the buy side. Past winners have spearheaded global infrastructure integrations, led projects that successfully managed operational risk, instituted IT programs and deployments to significantly reduce costs, and leveraged new technology in a unique way. Buy-side CIOs who have appeared on the cover of Waters magazine over the past 12 months will automatically be considered for this award.

This award will go to a US-based senior technology executive on the sell side. Past winners have spearheaded global infrastructure integrations, led projects that successfully managed operational risk, instituted IT programs and deployments to significantly reduce costs, and leveraged new technology in a unique way. Sell-side CIOs who have appeared on the cover of Waters magazine over the past 12 months will automatically be considered for this award.

This award honors the technology team from a buy-side firm that successfully delivers the goods to its firm and clients. The winner will be the team that demonstrates a solid, end-to-end strategy to handle everything from risk management to compliance and data administration, while still providing innovative and cutting-edge trading solutions.

This award honors the IT team from a sell-side firm that successfully delivers the goods to its firm and clients. The winner will be the team that demonstrates a solid, end-to-end strategy to handle everything from risk management to compliance and data administration, while still providing innovative and cutting-edge trading solutions.

Technology Vendor Categories Click to view

These categories are all new for 2016 and are open to all technology vendors

The judges are looking for examples of where a CIO or CEO has been particularly innovative or instrumental in heading up their firm's technology and services developed specifically for capital markets clients.

The best technology team award will go to the group that illustrates collaboration, team work, innovative software development methods, and efficient delivery techniques, and works closely with its capital markets clients to provide maximum value through the software and services it provides.

This award will go to a technology provider (firm) that illustrates the extent to which it has embraced innovative development techniques/operating models to deliver valuable products and services to its capital markets clients.

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the front office (OMS/EMS/portfolio management/algorithmic trading and decision support) over the last 12 months (October 2015-October 2016).

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the middle office (risk management/performance measurement and attribution/reporting and compliance) over the last 12 months (October 2015-October 2016).

This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the back office (reconciliation and clearing and settlement) over the last 12 months (October 2015-October 2016).

This category will be awarded to a technology vendor that has worked in close collaboration with a capital markets firm on a specific project over the course of the last 12 months (October 2015-October 2016).

This category will be awarded jointly to two technology providers that have collaborated to offer their capital markets clients a joint offering.

This category will be awarded to the third-party technology vendor that best illustrates its adoption and use of the Agile development methodology to deliver regular software updates to a capital markets firm.

This category will be awarded to the firm that provides the most innovative trading-related infrastructure to the capital markets. All trading-related platforms and technologies will be considered for this award.

This category will be awarded to the firm that provides the most innovative communication infrastructure to the capital markets. All communication, monitoring and communication storage/archiving technologies will be considered for this award.

 

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