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Fixed Income Trading: New venues

A simple question came up recently in a conversation – how many new Fixed Income trading venues are there?  I could not think of anywhere th...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Orchestra - the full-stop at the end of FIX...

At a recent conference the subject of FIX Orchestra was front and centre. I described FIX Orchestra as "the full-stop at the end of FIX" .
What does that mean? Orchestra will remove on-boarding testing. It will empower firms to change their internal systems and then automatically allow Counterparties to trade using new features. Sell-side changes the parameters on an Algo or adds a new Algo. No problem, publish the new configuration via Orchestra and you're good to start trading as soon as your counterparty has loaded the Orchestra file.

FIX, FIX Engines and RHCP

What's this about? Surely a typo - should be DHCP and assorted networking geekery?

Monday, 22 August 2016

Fintech agile Sales, Marketing, Product Strategy and Devops model

Following on from an interesting conversation, this is an diagram depicting my view of the processes needed for a Fintech to thrive while bringing a product to market. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Microservices and Daltrey, Townshend and McLaren

Prior to Microservices "being a thing" that spawned countless articles (ok, 1.87m for https://www.google.co.uk/#q=microservices) it was a pretty well understood design pattern.

Harking back to the late 90s a well known sell-side system (hint, think of where the McLaren cars are based) used to be (still is, but cloud deployed) based upon a microservice orientated model where each application module consisted of a number of services based upon a number of patterns:

Friday, 8 July 2016

Blockchain: After the POC

Blockchain and associated distributed ledger technology is clearly a hot topic right now.   Many firms are engaging in projects to present "proof-of-concept" (POC) of the technologies.  Given the long standing interest of this blog in buy-side OMS, EMS, innovation, disruption, FIX and blockchain it's time for a proposal for the future...

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

TypeScript versus JavaScript for node.js development?

While developing with JavaScript and node.js I have found various issues with the language and the IDE. A suggestion from a friend has been to investigate the use of TypeScript as a replacement and/or complement to JavaScript. 

Monday, 4 July 2016