Reshaping the regulatory landscape through big data

A new paper from the SWIFT Institute published today highlights the uses of big data analytics by financial organisations to meet evolving regulatory and compliance requirements.

The Institute says the paper, entitled ‘The Role of Big Data in Governance: a regulatory and legal perspective of analytics in global financial services’, explains how financial firms are using the latest and most effective forms of analytics in the wake of increasing regulatory mandates. Prepared by Dr Daniel Gozman from the University of Reading, and Professor Wendy Currie and Dr Jonathan Seddon from Audencia Nantes School of Management, the paper also cites two case studies as examples of how these analytical tools are influencing operational risk and practices within organisations across the financial services industry.

“With 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated daily and regulators requesting more data from organisations, analytics have a big role to play”, says Peter Ware, Director, SWIFT Institute. “The research dives into unchartered territory, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for financial organisations using business intelligence tools to improve operational efficiency and compliance.”

Highlights from the research include:

  • Organisations that harness the power of analytics to better understand organisational operations may reap many additional benefits beyond compliance;
  • Improved understanding of operational risks may also allow firms to reduce their requirements to hold higher levels of regulatory capital;
  • Analytics may help organisations better understand how individuals in the firm interact with one another and thereby act to improve lines of communication;
  • Analytics may also assist organisations in vital strategic decision making and related efforts to recruit and retain necessary staff; and
  • Firms that embrace information governance techniques are better placed to exploit big data analytics and related future innovations.