Chairman's Message

In the ever-changing financial services landscape, it has become more important than ever to stay current on evolving technologies, regulation, and market trends. At ISITC, our mission is to create a community that fosters collaboration between industry experts to drive industry progress and success. From distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to the latest developments in robotic process automation (RPA), our membership is highly focused on the exciting innovations transforming the future of financial services. By hosting a variety of events and partnering with other industry organizations, we strive to develop innovative strategies and solutions for the industry to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities.

As we enter 2019, we are thrilled to continue building on the momentum from this past year. We came together for our first two events of 2018 at the 24th Annual Securities Operations Summit and Fall Forum, where we engaged in rich discussion with financial services professionals to explore the disruptive potential of AI, blockchain, and innovative new data practices.

We led collaborations with other industry organizations throughout the year to explore key trends and issues. ISITC hosted a joint webinar “Navigating the Data Landscape” with EDM Council and published a best practices document for the margin call process in collaboration with SIFMA AMG.

Finally, we concluded the year with our Winter Forum, where attendees discussed everything from the impacts of Brexit to the future of SSI automation and ISO 20022 migration.

We are so excited to continue this growth in 2019. Most notably, our Annual Securities Operations Summit will celebrate its 25th year. This year’s theme, “Financial Services Disrupted: Charting the Course”, will break down the latest developments in data, securities processes, and emerging technologies as our expert speakers share how attendees can best position their firms for success. Throughout the year, we look forward to tackling the industry’s most salient focuses, with key topics like cybersecurity, data management, and changing regulation shaping the financial services space. Our new officers enter 2019 with a continued commitment to our mission to deliver industry collaboration, best practices, and subject matter expertise through lively discussions, engaging events, and strategic partnerships.

Of course, our mission would not be possible without the devoted effort of our members. As a member-run organization, ISITC is fueled by the passion of our participants who volunteer their time to drive the industry forward. I’m honored to serve as Chair for such an impactful and dedicated organization, and look forward to ISITC’s work in transforming financial services operations in 2019 and beyond.

Lisa Iagatta