Acutest have again sponsored the CityIQ New Projects Community meeting held last month in the America Square Conference Centre. There were four very different sessions during the day, each looking in depth at a different challenges facing the world of investment management and financial services. These included at experiences of offshore resourcing, a topic close to our heart as we helped many UK companies improve the value they derive from outsourced offshore software testing, project governance and innovation in financial services.
The session that we found most interesting was the review of the Challenges and Solutions for the Buy Side. The UK and the US economies are now in recovery and this also marks a watershed with the end of quantitative easing in these regions and slower growth in equities markets. New distribution channels will be key to expanding the reach of asset management investment products. The use of mobile devices and applications are already providing ready access to investment products. There is a requirement for real-time and up to date information for a sophisticated, knowledgeable and younger IT-savvy client base. This is borne out by the success of new players such as Alibaba and Google in this space. To keep apace with this change requires smarter ways to test these new products and approaches that allow you to get products to market quicker and with confidence that they will deliver. If you'd like to explore your options in this area, we'd be happy to help with our specialist understanding of how testing is evolving and how you can benefit from these changes.