As a Data Management expert, I am increasingly being called upon to talk to risk and compliance teams about their specific and unique data management challenges. It’s no secret that high quality data has always been critical to effective risk management and SAS’ market leading Data Management capabilities have long been an integrated component of our comprehensive Risk Management product portfolio. Having said that, the amount of interest, project funding and inquiries around data management for risk have reached new heights in the last twelve months and are driving a lot of our conversation with customers.
It seems that not only are organisations getting serious about data management, governments and regulators are also getting into the act in terms of enforcing good data management practices in order to promote stability of the global financial system and to avoid future crisis.
As a customer of these financial institutions, I am happy knowing that these regulations will make these organisations more robust and stronger in the event of future crisis by instilling strong governance and best practices around how data is used and managed.
On the other hand, as a technology and solution provider to these financial institutions, I can sympathise with their pain and trepidation as they prepare and modernise their infrastructure in order to support their day to day operations and at the same time be compliant to these new regulations.
Globally, regulatory frameworks such as BCBS 239 is putting the focus and attention squarely on how quality data needs to be managed and used in support of key risk aggregation and reporting.
Locally in Australia, APRA's CPG-235 in which the regulator has provided principles based guidance has outlined the types of roles, internal processes and data architectures needed in order to have a robust data risk management environment and to manage data risk effectively.
Now I must say as a long time data management professional, this latest development is extremely exciting to me and long overdue. Speaking to some of our customers in the risk and compliance departments, the same enthusiasm is definitely not shared by those charged with implementing these new processes and capabilities.
Whilst the overall level of effort involved in terms of process, people and technology cannot be underestimated in these compliance related projects, there are things that organisations can do to accelerate their effort in order to get ahead of the regulators. One piece of good news is that a large portion of the compliance related data management requirements map well with traditional data governance capabilities. Most traditional data governance projects have focused around the following key deliverables:
• Monitoring of key data quality dimensions
• Data lineage reporting and auditing
These are also the very items that the regulators are asking organisations to deliver today. SAS’ mature and proven data governance capabilities have been helping organisation with data governance projects and initiatives over the years and are now helping financial institutions tackle risk and compliance related data management requirements quickly and cost effectively.
Incidentally, our strong data governance capabilities along with our market leading data quality capabilities were cited as the main reasons SAS was selected as a category leader in Chartis Research’s first Data Management and Business Intelligence for Risk report
The combination of our risk expertise and proven data management capabilities means we are in a prime position to help our customers with these emerging data management challenges. Check out the following white papers to get a better understanding of how SAS can help you on this journey.