Successful INFOmatch User Group Meeting and ‘Screen Markets – Amsterdam 2016’ event
AMSTERDAM, October 17, 2016 – On October 10, the INFOmatch User Group Meeting again took place (12th edition!), which was very well attended with over 30 clients and prospective clients from all over Europe, including The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. The modern Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre, with a spectacular view over the city and river IJ, again served as venue for this event.
Last event’s evaluation and feedback provided by our user group community allowed us to again implement client-driven improvements to this edition’s get-together. By doing so, we want to ensure that we continue to organise client events that meet the requirements of our customers. In short, this means that this User Group meeting was even more focused on sharing client experiences and discussing client requirements & needs, practical situations and industry trends regarding the professional management of market data. In this perspective, we extended the time reserved for our last year’s introduced roundtable discussion sessions.
The meeting kicked off with an interactive workshop, which is primarily targeted at people using INFOmatch in supporting their daily tasks managing market data. The workshop was fully booked, which again shows that Screen INFOmatch serves a very lively and inquisitive user community. The workshop’s theme was defined as “Invoice Processing in INFOmatch: Learn how to read & solve invoice variances, correctly distribute invoiced costs and optimise your invoice processes in INFOmatch”.
The second part of the meeting was reserved to present and discuss the upcoming new INFOmatch release. Our CTO, Peter Schout, updated the audience on new functionality, in particular, related to enhanced cost and contract tracking & allocation, Fidessa / Thomson Reuters DACS / Bloomberg EMRS management, commissioning soft dollars, demand management through INFOmatch Enterprise Control and separation of duties (four eyes principle).
After this the meeting was continued with Screen staff moderated roundtable discussion sessions, in which small groups of customers from different institutions discussed several topics. With a total of 7 roundtables clients were able to participate in several sessions. The roundtable topics, which were predefined based on client suggestions, were about INFOmatch process improvement & automation, best practices, reporting, vendor management, Bloomberg management, managing other spend categories in INFOmatch (enterprise-wide subscriptions & expenses) and regulatory & compliance. The roundtables created a lot of lively interaction and exchange of information between peers and Screen staff on how INFOmatch’s role in helping to solve business problems and improve efficiency.
The event was closed with informal drinks and dinner at a famous Dutch restaurant with spectacular views over the river IJ and on the city. In the end, it was a very fruitful and interactive day. We received lots of valuable feedback and input, which will be used by us to prioritise and detail our future software development path, support and service offering.
The next day, October 11, the Screen Group was also present at ‘Screen Markets – Amsterdam 2016’, which already was the 24th products and services event for the European professional financial services community. The Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ was again selected to act as the venue for this one-day event. The Screen Group booth was well visited by customers, business relations and passers-by that were curious to learn more about Screen’s in-house developed cost & contract management system, INFOmatch. Furthermore, they showed a serious interest in Screen’s leading consultancy practice dealing with reference & market data and investment management advisory services.
Central theme of this year’s event was defined as “Disrupting financial information services: The growing importance of FinTech & Big Data in dealing with clients’ and regulatory challenges”. Highlights of the day included a keynote speech by Dutch historian Maarten van Rossem titled “Financial security does not exist”, a panel discussion involving business executives from vendor and exchange organisations about “The changing landscape of Security Exchanges and Trading Venues” and a closing speech by Ngi-NGN about ‘Digital Transformation – The Big Picture’.
The event turned out to be a perfect platform to learn more about the latest trends in technology for the professional Financial Information Services industry. In addition to this it again provided excellent networking and B2B opportunities.
The Screen Group offers a range of specialised services and solutions for the professional financial services industry.
At the foundation of the company Screen built a unique consultancy practice that has made Screen the global leader for market and reference data advisory services. Through benchmarking, user profiling and requirements inventory Screen assists user firms in optimising their market data spend, as well as in researching, selecting and implementing software applications and solutions.
To inform the Financial Services Industry of new vendors and industry trends, Screen has been organising one day trade shows, Screen Events, for the last 18 years.
The offering is completed with a range of in-house developed and supported software solutions, the INFOmatch suite, which allows user firms to manage market data spend, create cost transparency and reduce redundant services.
The labels that represent this unique suite of complementary services are Screen Consultants, Screen Markets and Screen INFOmatch.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Roel Mels
Tel: +31 73 6122 940