Volatile Markets Require Modernized and Digital Infrastructure Models

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Nasdaq and Celent have released the results of the CIO Market Infrastructure Survey 2021, commissioned by Nasdaq. Based on interviews with 25 chief information officers and senior technology leaders of market infrastructure operators (MI) worldwide, the survey aims to understand their focus, priorities, and investments around the creation of their future technology platforms. With the COVID-19 pandemic acting as a stress test on capital markets infrastructure – exposing data flow, scaling, and operational challenges – the survey results, said Nasdaq, uncover increasing demand to move to more agile technology, microservices, and data models.

“For our survey, we wanted to examine how technology leaders of the world’s markets have navigated rapidly changing technological advancements in the face of modernization challenges,” said Lars Ottersgård, Executive Vice President and Head of Market Technology at Nasdaq. “The capital markets ecosystem experienced intense volatility and record high transaction volumes in 2020. In combination with a changing regulatory landscape, evolving market forces and emerging digital models, our research has shown technology leaders across the industry investing in cloud technology and data analytics specifically to future-proof infrastructure across both traditional and digital asset classes,” Ottersgård said.

Additional key findings from the 2021 survey:

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