SunGard Extends Asset Arena Offering to Provide Risk Management and Consulting Services

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SunGard has extended Asset Arena, its solution suite for asset managers, asset servicers and third party administrators, to provide new risk reporting (Asset Arena Risk) and consulting services (Asset Arena Consulting). The new offerings will help Asset Arena customers monitor and manage investment risks more effectively, and help them achieve greater transparency and efficiency in their operations.

SunGard has extended Asset Arena, its solution suite for asset managers, asset servicers and third party administrators, to provide new risk reporting (Asset Arena Risk) and consulting services (Asset Arena Consulting). The new offerings will help Asset Arena customers monitor and manage investment risks more effectively, and help them achieve greater transparency and efficiency in their operations.

Asset Arena Risk leverages SunGard’s APT buy-side risk analytics solution. With the integration of APT into the Asset Arena suite, customers will now be able to request risk reports directly from the fund accounting system and obtain risk reports using live data, including simulated positions. In addition, Asset Arena customers using the APT Pro portfolio construction tool will also be able to export their portfolios using the tool and perform optimization analysis on them.

Asset Arena Consulting offers a set of specialized consulting services in two distinct key service areas or practices: Solution Consulting and Product Consulting. Both address individual and unique customer needs and are solely focused on the asset management space. Solution Consulting is a set of customized services dedicated to resolving specific customer business problems. It helps customers consolidate systems, improve business processes, develop custom product extensions, introduce strategic data extraction and reporting solutions, and more. Product Consulting is a set of services designed to help customers optimize their implementation and ongoing use of the Asset Arena solution suite. It is designed to help with areas such as system configuration, performance optimization, fund conversions and product upgrades.

Doug Morgan, president of SunGard’s institutional asset management business, commented: “In order to meet the growing demands of their own clients and to cope with increasing market and regulatory complexity, asset managers are becoming more specialized in the front-office and are looking to refocus their operations around managing transparency and efficiency. In launching these two new Asset Arena offerings, we are directly responding to industry developments and demands. We believe that they will help our customers to create competitive advantage in these difficult economic conditions.”

About Asset Arena
Asset Arena is SunGard’s global suite of products and services for asset managers, institutional investors, and traditional and alternative fund administrators. Asset Arena supports the core functions of the asset management industry including investment management, investment operations and investor servicing. By leveraging technologies such as business process management and software-as-a-service, Asset Arena helps investment firms manage complexity, increase efficiency, and reduce costs and operational risk, while maintaining agility to respond to changing business and regulatory requirements. For more information visit http://www.sungard.com/assetarena.

About SunGard’s APT
APT provides risk-based decision-support tools for the investment management industry, including equities and balanced asset managers, institutional investors, hedge funds and funds of funds. APT functionality includes post-trade risk reporting, available both as a deployed or hosted solution, as well as the interactive APT Pro offering which helps portfolio and risk managers to identify the risks within their portfolios and to find optimal trade-offs between risk and return.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and IT services companies. SunGard serves more than 25,000 customers in more than 70 countries.

SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education and the public sector. SunGard also provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software.

With annual revenue exceeding $5 billion, SunGard is ranked 435 on the Fortune 500 and is the largest privately held business software and services company on the Forbes list of private businesses. Based on information compiled by Datamonitor*, SunGard is the third largest provider of business applications software after Oracle and SAP. Continuity, Insurance & Risk has recognized SunGard as service provider of the year an unprecedented six times. For more information, please visit SunGard at http://www.sungard.com.

*January 2009 Technology Vendors Financial Database Tracker http://www.datamonitor.com
Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, APT and Asset Arena are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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