Each organisation is different, in terms of the business they run, the infrastructure that they use and the challenges they face – there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to solving complexity. And our rich experience in solving different challenges inside capital markets firms makes us well positioned to help you succeed.
Combining technology and business process into an enterprise wide solution, we provide an integrated solution – not either or – to your challenge. Our experience across diverse organisations, geographies and jurisdictions means we know the ‘how’ is as important as the ‘what’ when delivering transformation and we are accomplished in taking your stakeholders along this journey.
Post-trade infrastructure is complex and highly bespoke, as a by-product of business model evolution and institutional history – it’s “too big to fix” in one step.
– Pragmatic: each step must be achievable by all stakeholders
– Integrated: IT and Business processes have to be integrated into a single solution
– Results-Based: tangible programme outcomes to be delivered in each phase
– Sympathetic: recognises competing interests from different stakeholders
We leverage the expertise developed out of delivering complex and time-bound transformation during multiple internal engagements within capital markets firms.
Once Ascendant Strategy have understood your objectives and capabilities, we will tailor our approach to fit your organisation and your culture. As we execute the plan, our skills are transferred to your team to drive continuous improvement of your own internal capabilities
When their Custody implementation project was stalled after 3 years in execution, a G-SIB organisation asked Ascendant Strategy to diagnose the problem. A rapid assessment revealed key issues, along with a remediation plan. ASL managed the implementation of this plan and the project concluded successfully 6 months later.
“When Ascendant Strategy came on board, they told us exactly where and why our project was stalling. They followed this up by establishing a strong project framework, advising on resourcing, and developing our staff with the benefit of their extensive operational knowledge. Ascendant Strategy is a thoroughly professional and highly experienced firm”
COO at G-SIB
A UK bank were planning an investment in cash and inventory management systems, but wanted a broader view of the market and their strategy than their teams had bandwidth or capability to accomplish. Ascendant Strategy provided this analysis, with some fresh thinking about how to approach the change. This allowed the teams to re-think their strategy to deliver better ROI in the project
“Ascendant Strategy over-delivered against the brief, and exceeded my expectations significantly. They have disrupted our thinking and made us look at different architectures for moving forward”
MD Markets Operations, UK Bank
The Operations head at a European investment bank was falling behind his IT counterparts in defining the future state model for the organisation as a large change was being planned in post-trade infrastructure. Ascendant Strategy were able to define and capture the future state and communicate this across the organisation, ensuring the Operations roadmap was integrated into the transformation planning.
“Thank you for the work you did to get us to this position, it was extremely valuable”
Global Head of Operations, Finance and Risk Technology, European investment bank