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Iress Seeks resilience consistency in multiple financial acquisitions

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Jul 14, 2021 6:08:11 PM

High quality reports

Management insights in configurable dashboards.

Risk transparency

Providing ability to prioritise investments improving control.

Workflow capabilities

Reduced manual processes optimising incident response.

 

Empowering stakeholders to reduce incident threshold to a viable percentile. Seeking the ability to view enterprise risks across several businesses. Deliver high-quality information and reports for board-level decision-making.

Iress is an organization which is a leader in providing financial services technology, in the wealth management space. They operate in many countries around the world and are one of the most significant outsourced superannuation administration companies. Number three in Australia.

Stephen Blood, the Global Chief Risk Officer for OneVue/Iress was asked to implement a solution to improve management of risk across the group. Up to that point, Iress had acquired several different companies. They used multiple different systems to different degrees of effectiveness, fairly inefficiently, all using their own systems and processes for managing risk and compliance.
 
The problem that the Iress group wanted to solve was coming from the board level and the group CEO's. There was a desire to have a system to support the management of all the risk and compliance requirements in a consistent manner. Whether it be from reporting to making governance more effective. Management of incidents, compliance obligations or controls associated with them. Logging and assessing their risks and linking all that data together for business continuity purposes.
 
Due to the multiple systems at play, the welter of different processes resulted none of the data connecting to each other. At each round of BIA (Business Impact Analysis) it took about two months to collate all the necessary information and by then it was out of date. It also meant that be able to understand and manage the risks and also report on them to the different forums, was pretty impossible.
 

ReadiNow the game-changer

There was a high reliance on manual processes and because of the volume, the number of incidents which were occurring was far too many. The challenge was how to get those down to a much more acceptable level. But identifying the trends and where the issues were occurring, without the data, was not possible.
 
ReadiNow was able to provide their managed fund administration business with a resilient Risk Management solution. By having a good base of data through incident management and also assessing the risks. Having it in one system enabled the business to identify where the key pain points were, their root causes, and offered the ability to automate controls. Iress then gained much bigger bang for their buck in reducing the level of incidents.
 
Stephen and his team found it really helpful to able to produce timely reports and enabled the business to reduce the incidents of incidence to 0.02%.
 

"So it enables the business to know where to prioritize any investments and improving the control environment.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

Translating risk language into practical advice

A pain point the operations team faced was how to get risk management language, methodologies and thinking down to the operations staff. With Readinow they were able to detail and present what they were trying to achieve. And show how they were going against that goal. So it translated risk language into practical advice which was of great benefit to Iress.
 
Operationally, it's very important that the information collection process and the information analysis process of all aspects of the risk management framework link and are clearly aligned. It can disseminate through the information chain - to both their business partners, and also with senior management. All stakeholders know what they're looking at. ReadiNow enabled the operations team to effectively report to senior management.
 

“It's very much helped with the workflow capability. Having that within ReadiNow, greatly assists in giving clear direction and information to help our operations staff fulfill the activities they need to fulfill. By either closing out instance, risks or assess controls.”

– Murray West, Head of Risk, Onevue/Iress

Flexibility to design

ReadiNow was able to tick all the boxes for Iress’ expected benefits. They were able to have a single system which integrates. They’re able to manage all of their different risks and compliance with ReadiNow.

Group CEOs and business leaders are having more effective and holistic conversations about risk issues which has made that part of governance much more effective. Especially issues which straddle across multiple businesses.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

One of the greatest things ReadiNow impressed the Iress team with is the flexibility to design the system for what they need. Iress is able to build features and functions and design forms and templates. They're also able to develop reports that address their specific business requirements. It’s the detail in the little things that has also been of great assistance. Such as customizing instructions on each field and tab to tell a staff member exactly what it means and what he/she needs to do. It cuts down internal training time significantly.

 Stephen was also pleased that they don’t always have to go back to a vendor for configurations, because it's very much a self-serve system. They also didn’t need to get their own hardware because ReadiNow is a platform as a service(PaaS). It's providing the software out of the box accessible on a secure cloud-based solution.
 

It was pretty good being able to configure it pretty effectively ourselves, which is a big advantage.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

Our role in risk is to gather that information, and really understand what it means. How do you use it and how decisions need to be made from the information gathering exercise. So it's freed up capacity to be able to do what risk professionals should be doing.

– Murray West, Head of Risk, Onevue/Iress

Stephen also added that Murray’s operations team have pretty tight timelines to get reports out for various business risk forums. ReadiNow has hugely impacted the team’s morale making that easier, more accurate, and possible.

Efficiency and best-quality reporting

ReadiNow proved to save a lot of time. In terms of efficiencies, being able to collate comprehensive and insightful reports for different risk forums. From the board level down through executives and business levels takes one person half a day. Whereas the set up before, would either take multiple weeks from multiple people and wouldn't be to the same quality standard. So they'd run out of time. So that's a big time saving and reporting improvement.

In all of those forums, the feedback about the quality of the data and the timeliness of the information and the trends that are presented has been very positive. In my experience in a number of places, it's much better than anywhere else.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

With the ReadiNow platform, it's very easy for someone to lodge an incident. The system automatically distributes an email to all key stakeholders across the grid, depending on the workflows set, to make stakeholders aware.

With incident management, it's vital that it is reported quickly and the right people know about it quickly, so you can get onto resolving it. Attempt to cut the incident in its tracks remedy the situation attempting to prevent the chances of it happening again. So ReadiNow been very effective at that, whereas the predecessor had no chance of doing any of that.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

The ReadiNow experience

In their experience with ReadiNow, the service hadn’t halted once the sale was made. The great attention and assistance really carries on.
 
“What we've found with ReadiNow compared to other products, is that it objectively had a very high rating across the 60 different requirements we called for. It had the best rating and scores across all of those requirements compared to all the others.

“Dealing with the team at ReadiNow has been terrific. They were knowledgeable, responsive and helpful.
They were able to demonstrate to people from the business from a range of different disciplines in a manner that they are able to readily understand. They have been much more flexible, agile and responsive, and the support through implementation was terrific.

"F
rom when we agreed to use ReadiNow, the implementation was done within a three-month period, which is pretty phenomenal."

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

Iress found ReadiNow to be very good at nurturing the business relationship, continually looking to improve the product. ReadiNow has been very open to feedback from customers, even bringing multiple customers together for forums, to share knowledge and insight which has been invaluable.

So for all of those reasons, as a vendor and as a product, I found my experience is that it's superior. There's much more that we can do and want to do. So it's pretty exciting in terms of what can be done.

         – Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

Beyond SaaS – powerful networking

ReadiNow enabled the Iress team to connect with peers in other industries. Whether in retail, infrastructure, in power and gas or with mega banks. They came together to discuss how they're using ReadiNow to solve their risk compliance and governance plights. Sharing their innovation.

I've had calls from people when they're going through a process to select any new risk system. I have recommended ReadiNow because it's a very good solution. It's a state-of-the-art solution. As a financial services technology company, technology risk is a very big proponent of Iress' types of risks. ReadiNow is a really good solution for that.

– Stephen Blood, Chief Risk Officer, OneVue/Iress

 

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OneVue / Iress
 
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Sydney
 
INDUSTRY
Financial Services
 
EMPLOYEES
1950+
 
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ReadiNow BCM;
Compliance; Incident Management; Enterprise Risk Management
 

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