Capital Markets Research Outlook 2022

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The key question in 2022 for capital markets firms when it comes to technology strategy is “are we a first mover or fast follower?” because the time to “wait and see” is over. This is the year for action. Action on AI and analytics, action on blockchain (including digital assets and DeFi), action on cloud, and action on data management. Buy, build or partner (or a combination) but get these “ABCDs” of capital markets technology innovation right, and the resulting combined technical capabilities will enable the necessary agility and efficiency in responding to new business opportunities and challenges.

There is no time to lose as there is certainly no shortage of business opportunities and challenges for capital markets participants. Business trends affecting the full capital markets ecosystem are varied: the rise of ESG/sustainability, digital assets, citizen codes/data scientists, and BigTech in finance as well as accelerated digitization in the post-pandemic world. Our research this year will touch on how to leverage technology in these areas, and more.

While the pandemic’s boost to capital markets and investment activity was the tide that lifted most boats, that tide will turn. It will be clear who are the technology “haves and have yachts” and who is sinking. With the rate of technology change accelerating, competitive headwinds increasing, and market volatility and unrest continuing due to both lingering pandemic effects and the war in Ukraine, Celent’s research can help ensure your firm stays on the right heading and course.

Through the coming year, as every year, our capital markets research ensures you keep one step ahead of the trends mattering most to your business, benchmark against your peers and evaluate relevant solution and partner landscapes. We cut through the noise; as one client recently said, “Celent research is an accelerator to insight”.


The Capital Markets team offers a dual stream of technology research, with one stream focusing on analyzing enterprise technology trends in the context of the capital markets ecosystem (e.g. business model change, business use case), while a second stream focuses on the competitive landscape of solutions in specific market segments. These reports are supported with primers and data-driven analysis based on industry outreach including interviews with strategy makers, and budget holders, as well as industry-specific polls and panels.

Enterprise Technology Trends

  • Cloud Adoption: moving beyond SaaS and IaaS
  • DLT/blockchain
  • Embrace of enterprise data management
  • Data Monetization via APIs, Platforms and Data Marketplaces
  • Outsourcing: approaches and trends

Primers & Provider Landscape

  • Digital Assets/Blockchain
  • ESG Data Management
  • Low Code / No Code in Capital Markets
  • Portfolio Management Systems
  • Transaction Reporting

Outreach-based Research: Interviews, Polls, Panels

These and other annual benchmarking reports help executives prepare business plans and make strategic technology choices and investments.

  • Technology Priorities Across the Buy Side: Roundtable
  • Tech Adoption and Strategy re: cloud, AI, mainframe modernization and data exchange: Interview-based Research

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