Q&A: Scott Sherman, Imagine Software

Four big-picture themes – real-time risk, regulation, speed, and customisation – are driving forces behind the myriad features of Imagine’s offering. Imagine creates the market-leading technologies that help firms adapt to and succeed amidst the twin challenges of ever-faster markets and increasingly complex regulations. Imagine won The Hedge Fund Journal’s 2016 and 2017 award for ‘Best Real Time Portfolio, Risk and Regulatory Solutions’ and we revisited the firm’s New York offices to catch up on how Imagine is serving the industry.

Hamlin Lovell: How has your real-time risk offering evolved?

Scott Sherman: From the very beginning some 23 years ago, we have offered real-time risk management products and solutions. Our first product was geared to the listed equity options markets – which, at the time, were (and still are) among the most demanding in terms of speed and depth of analytics. Over the years, we have expanded our offering across all asset classes while still maintaining the same level of performance and best-of-breed risk analysis. Originally an enterprise locally-hosted product, we were the first to deliver a cloud-based turnkey solution back in 2000, before the adoption of the “cloud” terminology.