Project Management

Research Results: What IT Project Managers Think About Financial Investment Firms Pursuing Straight-Through Processing With Agile and Workflow Management Systems

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This article provides insights from research performed to get IT project managers’ perspectives on the value of using agile and workflow management systems to attain straight-through processing on the financial investment sector.

Straight-through processing is a dedicated commitment to settle a securities transaction within 24 hours, which is a major shift from the current U.S. settlement practice of three days. Obviously, a primary benefit of straight-through processing is a significant decrease in settlement risk because of the reduction in transaction-related processing time. The shorter processing time greatly decreases the risk that a contract or agreement is settled outside the appropriate time frame (Williams, 2012). Thus, straight-through processing can be defined as capturing and processing transactions in one pass from the point of the initial inception of the pre-trade deal to final trade settlement.

In 2001, the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission announced plans to shorten the settlement cycle to within 24 hours, also referred to as T+1, by mid-2005 (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2001). As a result of this announcement, many financial investment players were required to begin developing capabilities to reach the desired goal. Their efforts surfaced the many barriers to attaining a settlement within one day, including…

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