A large differentiator was the platform architecture, which was important to us as the system had to support real-time, 24/7 trading around the globe, with volumes and product ranges expected to increase. Most importantly, we needed a partner, not just a software vendor. Crédit Agricole has a history of working with Calypso Technology. Following the initial signing of a real time STP back office system for fixed-income in May 2000, we decided in 2006 to extend our usage of Calypso to create a strategic back office platform for treasury, FX and FX derivative products to support the business’ global nature, allowing multi-currency, multi-time zone and 24/7 trading. In 2008, we extended our contract to use the Calypso system for global cash management. Throughout our relationship, Calypso has proven itself to be a truly global company, who understands our requirements for local adaptations in particular for the Asian and Eastern European markets.
Head of Capital Market Operations, Credit Agricole CIB
From project start, through implementation, go-live and ongoing operations, BTG needed to know they would have strong local support at all times. Calypso delivered this in two ways. Firstly, Calypso had already partnered with a strong Brazilian implementation partner in CPQi, a Sao Paulo and Fortaleza based IT services firm specializing in capital markets. Secondly, Calypso opened its own Sao Paulo based office as part of a long- term commitment to the Brazilian and Latin American markets. This ensured that Calypso could offer locally-based experts and specialists to Brazilian customers at all times. A critical factor in providing local support is the ability to manage costs. Emerging markets generally enjoy lower labor cost structures than developed markets. Calypso worked closely with BTG and CPQi to maximize value added to the project by utilizing locally based resources.
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