While two-thirds of advisors say technology has been mostly beneficial to their firms, 61% say it would be easier to manage if their various systems were better integrated, an SEI survey released July 11 found.
Nearly 60% said that technology was one of the top factors in their firms’ continued success, though not the most important factor.
While they have the right tools, advisors say, they aren’t using them to their maximum advantage. In addition to less than 10% of advisors having fully integrated systems, 86% are still doing some processes manually instead of using technology to relieve the burden. Most advisors use technology to improve their financial planning processes (77%) or in customer relationship management (74%). More than half use technology for document management.
Advisors identified several potential benefits of better integration, namely improved end-to-end processes (40%) and client experiences (34%). Still, only 7% said their technology and software are fully integrated.
“Advisors have the right idea,” Kevin Crowe (left), managing director of products and solutions for SEI, told AdvisorOne on Monday. “The problem is getting them and their clients to recognize the benefits.”
Crowe noted financial planning programs and CRM are the two technologies advisors are most interested in. “The trick is how to leverage them to get the benefits without having to maintain them,” he said. Technology enables advisors to provide service to their clients, but having to maintain the system takes away from that time.