Improved access to siloed, distributed data is financial tech executives’ top priority for 2022, survey finds

Survey of 250 financial leaders finds that connecting data is one of the biggest barriers to innovation in 2022

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--()--InterSystems, a creative data technology provider dedicated to helping customers solve the most critical scalability, interoperability, and speed problems, recently sponsored a comprehensive survey of financial services technology executives, exploring how financial firms can use enterprise data to drive actionable insights across their business teams. Entitled “Empowering Line of Business Users Through Data Democratization,” the report was published by the Financial Information Management (FIMA) conference series and produced by WBR Insights, the custom research arm of Worldwide Business Research.

The WBR Insights research team surveyed 250 financial leaders across the U.S. and Canada to generate the results featured in the report.

Among the key insights from the report, researchers learned the following:

  • 62% of financial leaders say improving access to siloed, distributed data will be one of their top data initiatives in the next 12 months, with 54% of respondents citing data silos as one of their biggest barriers to innovation.
  • Other barriers to innovation at financial firms include lack of buy-in from internal stakeholders (49%) and budget constraints (45%).
  • 55% of financial leaders say implementing technologies that will enable them to create a data-driven organization is among their top-three biggest data-related priorities.

The study indicated that most financial firms are taking steps to improve the way data is used across the organization, but they struggle to make data both accessible and usable. 85% of financial leaders said their IT staff spend 25% to 50% of their time helping other staff access the data and insights they require. They also struggle to implement tools that enable non-technical users to leverage enterprise data across the organization.

Over one-third of financial industry leaders (37%) are not satisfied with their current data management technology stack. Accordingly, in the next 12 months, 34% of respondents expect to implement data management technologies that offer data visualization, while 32% will implement data management solutions that offer business user self-service.

According to Chris Rand, Head of Research, FIMA | WBR Insights, "Financial firms must take steps to break down data silos, establish rigorous data quality standards, and democratize data for use across the entire organization. This report clearly demonstrates the importance of versatile data management technology and is a must-read for any financial organization that aspires to use data to its fullest potential."

Michael Hom, Head of Financial Services Solutions, InterSystems, added: “The ability to leverage live data to make “in the moment” decisions and further key initiatives, such as business 360 and customer 360, is vital for financial leaders. However, the research shows that the majority aren’t currently able to achieve these goals. Adopting next generation data management solutions that bridge data silos and provide business self-service and analytics capabilities will allow business leaders to easily access, share, interpret, and capitalize on enterprise data, and overcome the current challenges they are facing.”

Financial data leaders interested in learning more about how they can democratize enterprise data can download the report for free.


About InterSystems

Established in 1978, InterSystems is the leading provider of technology for critical data initiatives in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing, and supply chain sectors, including production applications at most of the top global banks. Its cloud-first data platforms solve interoperability, speed, and scalability problems for large organizations around the globe.

InterSystems is committed to excellence through its award-winning, 24×7 support for customers and partners in more than 80 countries. Privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has 25 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit

About WBR Insights

WBR Insights is the custom research division of WBR (Worldwide Business Research), the world leader in B2B-focused conferences. From research-based whitepapers to benchmarking reports, infographics, and webinars, our mission is to help global institutions across a variety of industries inform and educate their key stakeholders while achieving their strategic goals.

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About FIMA

Financial Information Management (FIMA) launched in 2005 and is the leading data management event for financial services in the United States. Born as a reference data management event, FIMA has quickly grown to cover so much more as different kinds of data are creating new risks to manage and opportunities to capitalize on. Each of our events hosts more than 425 guests from more than 145 companies with three days of content and 12 hours of networking. Each year FIMA-hosted sessions and discussions are led by top data management professionals, all covering topics that are of fundamental importance to your enterprise-wide data management initiatives. We’re dedicated to helping you make an ever-increasing impact on your business, year after year.

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