The capital markets industry is at an inflection point as the unsettled landscape presents nearly unprecedented risks and also rapidly evolving growth opportunities.
Fortunately, technology evolution is accelerating and maturing to rapidly unlock business innovation. This technology transformation is emerging as an imperative to help businesses drive growth in this new era driven by regulatory pressure, high levels of competition and a difficult economic environment. To stay competitive, now is a critical and opportune time to consider enhancing IT strategy for key business capabilities to attract and retain customers, improve trader productivity and profitability, drive deeper customer and market insights from data, manage enterprise risk, and support mission-critical operations.
Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help the capital markets industry address these opportunities by providing a comprehensive range of mission-critical technology solutions and capabilities which extend from front to back office, from device to data centre, and from on-premise to the cloud. The Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Capital Markets (MIRA-CM) is a framework, based on Microsoft’s platform and services, that provides clarity on technical capabilities and implementation approaches to support enterprise IT architecture planning.
MIRA-CM is designed to serve as an innovation tool to help capital markets firms align business needs with technology solutions. It therefore provides a roadmap for the future with the architectural flexibility to deliver industry solutions on-premise or in the cloud. These capabilities include highly scalable infrastructure, secure data and application platforms, big data and predictive analytics, ultra-low latency processing, customer relationship management, workflow, productivity and collaboration, as well as a connected user experience.