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BUSINESS SYSTEMS & CONSULTING FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter.  This quarter coincided with the end of the Altus financial year and I am delighted to report that it has been our best ever.  We beat all our targets, continued an unbroken 12-year run of profitability and added an amazing 26 new names to an already stellar client list.

Our consultants completed over 100 engagements for 40 different clients, our business systems team released a major new software product and they still found time to achieve ISO270001 certification.
 
Probably my proudest moment though was reading the glowing feedback from our first external survey of clients. “One of the best organisations I’ve ever worked with”, “Ten out of ten”,  “A superb provider”,  “Our go-to company” these were just a few of the quotes that made me realise just how far Altus has come.

My thanks to all our staff and the clients we work with for making it such a pleasure to run this company.  
 
David Jackson 
Managing Director
RegTech whitepaper

In this paper we take a look at how firms currently deal with the growing volume of regulation, some of the challenges involved and how new technology might help. Rather than focusing on blue-sky solutions, we will examine the real-world difficulties faced by big firms with complex landscapes.

Hot off the press - download now!
Allowing Altus Transfer Gateway (ATG) to electronically transfer Cash ISAs from Banks and Building Societies

Following supportive conversations during our ATG User Group on Thursday 16th November, we are pressing ahead with the introduction of a capability to electronically transfer Cash Deposit ISAs from Banks and Building Societies into Stocks & Shares ISAs.

We are holding a webinar on Tuesday 5th December at 3 pm to cover the details of service eligibility, the various stages of the sign up and testing process. We are delighted that Darren Wright from BACS will be joining us to explain the finer details and to answer any questions you may have. Should you be interested in taking part, please contact us.

The User Group also highlighted some interest in us facilitating JISA and SIPP transfers. We will shortly organise teleconference calls to start the dialogue between interested parties. Again, if these are of interest to you, please contact us.
PEAK: Regulation
*NEW RELEASE*


PEAK, the comprehensive Altus tool for business modelling, now supports the structured capture, linking and navigation of all the main regulatory provisions which govern UK Financial Services firms. The system provides a single consistent interface to make sense of the enormous range of rules a firm must abide by

With PEAK your business could cut the cost of regulatory compliance by managing all your regulation and compliance rules in one place, automatically monitoring changes and seeing at a glance the impact across your entire business. To request a demo or to find out more email marketing@altus.co.uk 

Download product sheet
New versions of the Altus Funds Gateway and Altus Investment Gateway released in November

November saw the release of the new versions of the Altus Funds Gateway (AFG) and the Altus Investment Gateway (AIG). These new versions support the latest updates to the ISO20022 standard, which went live on 18th November 2017.

For more information, please click here or contact the Product Manager Chris Gill.
TIBCO Breakfast Seminar: The Algorithmic Insurer

Altus Consultant, Sumit Sethi (middle) sat on a panel at the TIBCO breakfast seminar where there were discussions around the opportunities being created by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how insurers can become more agile in the face of new innovations and disruptive technologies. 

See key takeaways
New developments for the Altus Pensions Gateway

Alongside the new version of our HMRC Reporting module released in October, we are working on the launch of a new module for APG early next year. Pension Freedom has introduced new ways for people to access their pensions, bringing very different challenges to employee payments, tax calculations and HMRC reporting. We have discussed these challenges with a number of you, as well as the lack of a payroll solution that suits your specific requirements.

We will be in touch in the New Year with details of our new pension payroll solution, but if you would like to start talking to us now, please contact Howard Finnegan.
Insurtech Rising 2017

General Insurance-Domain Director, Mark Andrews and his team exhibited at InsurTech Rising, one of Europe's largest InsurTech events. There were informative sessions and panels from established insurers interspersed with 5 minute pitches from 50 or so tech start-ups over the 3 days.
Altus Business Systems is ISO27001 certified

We are delighted to have achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 27001 standard. The scope of our certification covers the management, development and provision of software solutions to the Financial Services sector.

For more information, please click here or contact our Risk and Compliance Manager Ian Sparrowhawk.
Altus Retirement Expert
Jon Dean has been appointed new Head of Retirement Strategy - The voice of retirement and long-term savings. 

Jon presented 'How RegTech is changing the face of complianceat
The-Pensions-Net-work in November.

 
Altus Wealth Expert
Simon Bussy has been appointed new Domain Director for Wealth.

Simon presented an overview on the tech we can expect to see emerge over the next 5 to 10 years, and how much it could change financial services at NextGen event 
Utopia or Dystopia: The Future for Young Advisers

 
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