Independent global executive management system (EMS) vendors face an uphill battle to remain relevant in the increasing competitive financial services IT sector, according to new survey by market research firm Aite Group, as broker-owned EMSs continue to make up a great mix of the trading system used by large firms.

Broker-owned and developed systems are integrating existing EMS functionality at the code level and have parlayed the bits and pieces they've cobbled together internally or through acquisitions to build out systems that have enhanced compliance and trading functionality for their customers' and brokers' specific needs.

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