The WatersTechnology Asia Awards 2021 features 25 categories (see below), with 18 technology / vendor categories and 7 end-user categories.
Technology vendor awards
Best front office platform
This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the front office (OMS/EMS/portfolio management/algorithmic trading and decision support) over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021).
Best middle office platform
This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the middle office (risk management/performance measurement and attribution/reporting and compliance) over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021).
Best back office platform
This award will go to the vendor that has introduced innovation across the functions traditionally associated with the back office (reconciliation and clearing and settlement) over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021).
Best AI-based solution
This award will go to the vendor that has demonstrated innovative use-cases of AI technology (machine learning/natural-language programming/advanced analytics/observational learning/neural networks/robotic process automation etc.) across the capital markets.
Best alternative data provider
This award will go to the data vendor/provider that has helped its clients identify new opportunities by utilizing alternative data. The solution/feed should demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness in exploiting unconventional data types/formats to generate business insight.
Best ESG data provider
This award will go to the data vendor/provider that has helped its capital markets clients comply with ESG-driven mandates/investments, while also offering transparency, accuracy, reliability and flexibility through its datasets/feeds.
Best analytics solution
This award will go to the analytics tool that is best able to interrogate large, complex datasets in small timeframes in order to produce fast, actionable insights, especially (but not exclusively) for the front office.
Platforms should feature multi-broker/exchange/execution venue connectivity, pre-trade transaction-cost analysis (TCA), algorithmic trading tools and direct market access, and should show strong integration capabilities with OMSs.
Best enterprise data management provider
The winning platform must demonstrate that it improves data quality, transparency, cleanliness and accessibility, while reducing costs across the enterprise.
Best front-to-back office integration
The winning initiative in this category must show that it that has helped align operations/functions/communication/workflows across the front, middle and back offices, driving operational efficiencies, transparency, reliability and resilience.
Best KYC/AML service
The winning platform in the category must illustrate the extent of its KYC/AML/CDD support, providing end-users with increased levels of transparency and accuracy around their KYC/AML/CDD compliance.
Best market surveillance tool
Entries should incorporate real-time surveillance capabilities for both internal and external compliance, including pattern-recognition software and case-building capabilities.
Platforms should feature pre-trade (deal time) and post-trade compliance, support for a range of asset classes including derivatives, a trading blotter, FIX connectivity, and order generation and routing functions.
Best outsourcing provider
Entrants should offer multiple business development and engineering services and responsiveness to client demands and a variety of technology/service delivery mechanisms, while meeting budgetary and time-to-market objectives for clients.
Best reconciliation platform
The winning product in this category must feature exception management, interfaces to widely-used matching engines, and automatic reconciliation of a range instruments (including equities, fixed income, exchange-traded and OTC derivatives).
Best risk management solution
Functions should include risk-based portfolio modeling, ‘what if’ analysis, stress-testing, Monte Carlo simulations, and the ability to support VaR and NAV calculations.
Best TCA solution
The winning TCA solution should support multiple asset classes, a range of benchmarks in its analysis, the ability to assess venues as well as broker performance, and a granular focus on data and its presentation.
Best trading network
Entries should exhibit high levels of buy-side and sell-side penetration, be FIX-compatible, support large messaging volumes, and demonstrate operational reliability/resilience.
Please note that technology vendors and service providers may not enter the seven end-user categories
Best client communication initiative
Entries should demonstrate their innovative and efficient approach over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021) to online client communication, providing them with permissioned/segregated access to performance/service-specific data/information.
Best cloud migration project
This award is open to exchanges and buy-side and sell-side firms that can demonstrate the greatest return on investment and operational efficiency through deploying an internal cloud or integrating one or more third-party cloud environments.
Best IT initiative
This award will go to a firm that has undertaken a truly exceptional IT project or leveraged technology in a new or unique way over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021) that sets it apart from its competitors.
Best IT team
This award will go to a sell-side or buy-side firm that delivers outstanding support for and results to its end-users. The team must support everything from risk management to compliance and data administration functions, while providing innovative and cutting-edge trading solutions on time and on budget.
Best regulatory reporting initiative
This award will go to a regulatory reporting initiative over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021) that features flexibility and scalability in order to comply with local, national and international regulations.
Best alternative data initiative
This award will go to an alternative data initiative over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021) that shows a clear business case/imperative, and sound data integration and analytics capabilities.
Best AI initiative
This award will go to the AI initiative over the last 12 months (March 2020-May 2021) that exploits the potentials of machine learning and natural-language processing across the firm’s business/operation units. The panel will look into how much value the technologies have brought to the firm, as well as its scalability and flexibility.