Artificial Intelligence and AssetTech

Part One in a Three-Part Series on “AssetTech”

by Romi Mahajan- President, Pepper

Business coins portmanteau words liberally.  As an example, combine “Finance” and “Technology” and you get “FinTech.”  Similarly if you combine “Assets” with “Technology,” you get “AssetTech.”  While the first is part of the everyday vocabulary in the industry, the latter is hardly understood.

This is curious, given the sheer size and importance of the industry.

World-wide, formal Asset Managers have over $120 trillion in” Assets under Management (AUM).”  This number is staggering- it exceeds World GDP.  The larger firms in the space themselves manage amounts measured in the trillions.  It is not uncommon for the tallies of “deals” –even just in the US economy-exceeding $250 billion in a month.  Again, these numbers suggest the importance of the industry as a whole.

Importance implies both opportunity and complexity.  With the rise in numbers and valences of asset classes and the intermingling of private and public assets- and that too across geographies- the opportunities to generate ROI where it was “invisible” before have increased substantially.  With this increase, the attendant increase in compliance, data, security, and governance needs come part-n-parcel.  In addition, investors are calling for transparency, where opacity ruled the day before.

Practitioners understand that the best tool-set to manage the forests of data and to derive insights and actions is Artificial Intelligence.  AI cuts across data, knowledge, decision-making, and pattern recognition.  AI is by its very nature dynamic, just like the markets being harnessed and understood.

Investors and Asset Managers have yet another convergence of interests with regard to AI. Both are looking for a step-up in a competitive game and both are looking for potential ROI being converted into kinetic.

For this reason, AI has to be native in AssetTech.  An AI-powered chassis is necessary for meaningful AssetTech platforms.

Here, distinguishing between rhetorical AI and real AI is key.  Kicking the tires is essential.  Furthermore, AI has to be at play at any entry point into the platform, from whatever workload you begin with.

Because of this, Marketing Darwinism and Pepper are together opening an industry dialogue and issuing an industry challenge.

Doesn’t Asset Management deserve its own technology and doesn’t that technology have to be the best we can offer?  Isn’t it time we go get it?

Written by Paul Dunay
Paul Dunay is an award-winning B2B marketing expert with more than 20 years’ success in generating demand and creating awareness for leading technology, consumer products, financial services and professional services organizations. Paul is the global vice president of marketing for Maxymiser a leading web optimization firm, and author of four “Dummies” books: Facebook Marketing for Dummies (Wiley 2009), Social Media and the Contact Center for Dummies (Wiley Custom Publishing 2010), Facebook Advertising for Dummies (Wiley 2010) and Facebook Marketing for Dummies 2nd Edition (Wiley 2011). His unique approach to marketing has led to recognition of Paul as a BtoB Magazine Top 25 B2B Marketer of the Year for 2010 and 2009 and winner of the DemandGen Award for Utilizing Marketing Automation to Fuel Corporate Growth in 2008. He is also a finalist for the last six years in a row in the Marketing Excellence Awards competition of the Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA), and is a 2010 and 2005 gold award winner in Driving Demand. Buzz Marketing for Technology, Paul’s blog, has been recognized as a Top 20 Marketing Blog for 2009 and 2008, a Top Blog to Watch for 2009 and 2008, and an Advertising Age Power 150 blog in the “Daily Ranking of Marketing Blogs.” Paul has shared his marketing thought leadership as a featured speaker for the American Marketing Association, BtoB Magazine, CMO Club, MarketingProfs, Marketing Sherpa, Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), and ITSMA. He has appeared on Fox News, and his articles have been featured in BusinessWeek, The New York Times, BtoB Magazine, MarketingProfs and MarketingSherpa. Paul holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Computer Science from Ithaca College.