Active Super adopts new investment data platform

Sydney, 17 August 2021: Active Super has migrated its investment-related data into a single cloud-based platform called ICS ATHENA in a move that will improve governance and increase efficiencies for the Fund.

Active Super is now leveraging the hosted data management platform provided by investment technology company Investment Control Systems (ICS) to manage and automate a range of functions including exposure reporting, cash forecasting, rebalancing, performance, risk, benchmark data and unit price verification. 

“By using ATHENA, we have centralised all our investment data and analytics into a single trusted source of truth which has not only allowed us to reduce manual operational processes but will continually enhance the capabilities of the operations and investment teams,” says Stuart Hill, Active Super Head of Investment Operations.

“Working with ICS was an important strategic decision for Active Super. As a regulated superannuation fund, we are seeing increasing reporting and data requirements as well as more demand from our members to answer specific investment questions.”

In the coming months, Active Super will be implementing and expanding on its ESG and sustainability reporting capabilities.

Christian Eriksen, ICS Commercial Director, says: “We are extremely excited to welcome Active Super to our growing client community. They have a great culture and a ‘can do’ attitude. The preparatory work they had already completed, collaborating with Cutter Associates and J.P. Morgan, meant this project was well positioned for success from the beginning and allowed our team to rapidly deploy the ATHENA platform within weeks.”

Active Super’s preparation for this project started in 2020 by engaging investment industry consultant Cutter Associates to do a comprehensive data strategy and to ensure a thorough and effective process was executed.

Arnie Wachs, Principal and Head of Consulting at Cutter, says: “Active Super is a great example of how starting out with the right groundwork can help fast-track implementation and achieve positive results sooner. This means setting a data strategy, aligning this plan with the right solution, and resourcing your project with both internal subject matter experts and external expertise.”