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Conceptual Foundations of a TOM for an ICU

Conceptual Foundations of a TOM (Target Operating Model) for an ICU (Internal Capital Unit)


The ICU is that applicable, particularly in Pillar 2 of Basel II, Basel III or Solvency II; development of a TOM is no easy task but is fundamental to the success of technology and process or competence change when implementing an ICU successfully. Clear demonstration of an effective and operational ICU is fundamental to financial institution supervision today. Development of a TOM needs a great deal of thinking and we at asymptotix have done some of that over the years. The foundations of our thinking about ICU-TOM is the SAP B2P2 white paper, vintage 2006 here but the clear development of our thinking is the peer-group validated, challenged and socialised approach to development of a TOM for an ICU is given in John Morrison's consolidated presentation of thinking in this space for the academic conference circuit of 2009 / 2010 and it is here Below in 5 brief pictures we present a summary of these ideas underlying a TOM-ICU; this is just a beginning, a conceptual foundation but presents some elements for consideration which are 'sine qua non';-

Modelling the Product Hierarchy for Financial Services

Modelling the Product Hierarchy is critical as technology advances in response to evolving compliance requirements in Financial Services. Therefore I have updated if not reconstructed this page in response to the discussion it prompted. I intially developed this set of references 'to order' when working with IPL on 

An Information Framework for Financial Services Supervision

In my initial version of this blog / web-page; this is all I had to say;-

" Below a set of references, typically 'asymptotix-eclectic' which provide a roundup of captured and developed IP in this space to date. "make your Life easy"! There is no need to re-invent the wheel, IBM and SAP have been thinking about it for decades "












Below the (NEW, Feb 2012-version) reconstruction and update of asymptotix material on modelling the Product Hierarchy in Financial Services












“you can't have a product without a customer”

SAS linx as REFERENCES asymptotix


I recently got invited to go & talk to a SAS shop, a big one! This has not happened for a while (to me), well it wouldn't, would it? These (recent) days I (have been) a confirmed R man1, maybe a wee bit of S+ but R; Revolution R2 if possible but R; Hadoop3 4yes, Netezza5 6, yes & the deliriously beautiful SAP HANA7 but for me it has to be R, well that's the way I have attitudinised8 it here on asymptotix!!

Windows Server 8

Microsoft has not announced a ship date for Windows Server 8, although roadmap documents released some time ago pegged it for 2012 (earning it the nickname of Windows Server 2012). A developer's preview of Windows Server 8, including Hyper-V, was made available during Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, Calif., in September.

Microsoft has not announced a ship date for Windows Server 8, although roadmap documents released some time ago pegged it for 2012 (earning it the nickname of Windows Server 2012). A developer's preview of Windows Server 8, including Hyper-V, was made available during Microsoft's BUILD conference in Anaheim, Calif., in September.

Much more than a minor upgrade, Windows Server 8 brings many new features and functionality. The software is currently a Developer Preview release. This means Windows Server 8 isn't even available for beta testing yet.

Windows Server 8 is a much more significant release than Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008. Both of those products were good, but they were mostly evolutionary. In Windows Server 8, Microsoft has taken a much bolder approach and is creating an OS that's by far the most innovative since Windows 2000 Server.

The Asymptotix Manifesto for a Solution Blueprint in Risk Management

Our Manifesto for a an IT systems Solution Architecture Blueprint for the Risk Management requirement of today is provided in the following 14 references to asymptotix pages. 


asymptotix has the deep domain expertise and experience in the risk analytics and data management requirement and in the technology solutions described above contact us if this manifesto fits with your perspective on your current challenge.


Wolters Kluwer Financial Services Acquires FRSGlobal

Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, a comprehensive regulatory compliance and risk management business, today announced the acquisition of FRSGlobal, a Brussels-based global financial regulatory reporting and risk management business, from The Carlyle Group and growth equity investor Kennet Partners.

Quantitative Libraries for Financial Predictive Analytics

Asymptotix' support for the language R (and S+ where I started and seems cool to mention alongside R these days, mystifyingly but probably the subject of another blog) is prima facie, just read our website. We have a particular pleasure in a good relationship with REvolution Analytics, with whom we have been beside since the start and who have driven the R standard with great success over the last couple of years. We have a strong partnership with TIBCO Spotfire and we understand S+. But what if R or S+ just doesn't fit, just is not compatible with the application architecture into which you have to develop a quantitatively analytic application. It happens sometimes, the application architecture is a context, a constrained environment in which the developer has to exist and develop. Talk to young developers these days and they will generally say why didn't the Solution Architect THINK before he handed me this prison cell of constraint, why can't I just do this in R?

iona motif asymptotixBut (in this scenario) the application architecture component of the overall Solution Design constrains the developer to use C++ or JAVA or even some feature, some extension of the mega-vendor BI products. In this scenario I am considering, it often seems that R doesn't fit, the standard languages for application development are set in stone, they are standards, there is a vendor platform for BI. The application architecture is a defined component of some overall Solution Architecture which includes the Data Architecture and the physical infrastructure.

Streambase NVIDIA

NEW YORK (USA) - June 23, 2010 StreamBase Systems, the leader in high-performance Complex Event Processing (CEP) technology, announced today at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) conference in New York, that it is collaborating with NVIDIA, inventor of the graphics processing unit (GPU), to offer the best-of-breed computing capability for capital markets. 

StreamBase Press Release


asymptotix teslaINVIDIA have not said anything specific about this on their website.

However here is the chipset which StreamBase are leveraging.

The CORA Model: Common Reference Architecture

cora (Theo Elzinga et al)Update: This material is copyright Theo Elzinga et al (co-author of the book "The CORA model"). Asymptotix recommends this model, any interested user should have a thorough look at http://www.coramodel.com/ !

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