I went along to a morning panel on counterparty data management on Tuesday, sponsored by GoldenSource, Avox and Interactive Data, and hosted by Virginie O'Shea of the A-Team. Counterparty data obviously has a very high profile currently in light of recent events, however the advice from the panel fundamentally seemed to be get the basics of data management right (ownership, control, consistency, quality, transparency), rather than anything radically new.
There was some debate about the possible extension of BIC (Bank Identifier Code) to be used more generally as a standard for a unique business entity identifier – this seemed to be received well but there were concerns that such an initiative would not solve the problem but rather become an addition to the already complex entity-mapping process.
The "Data Utility" from the ECB was also debated, and it was refreshing to here some negative (realistic?) things said about it, such as the concern raised by Interactive that this might involve huge public spend without necessarily understanding why a new government sponsored entity would be able to do better than existing data providers. Obviously a data provider would say that, but I have to agree, it seems there is too much focus on having a data utility and not looking at the different options for solving industry data issues (one option obviously being a data utility, but lets not pre-package the problem with a solution but more of that in later posts…).
For more detail on the event, then take a look at Virginie's blog post.