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Market Surveillance Requires Systems that are Lean, Fast and Flexible

In a highly regulated trading market that is growing in complexity, yet must prove transparency, market surveillance is a significant challenge – but it can be addressed using technologies that span systems and data management, and deliver real-time alerts of potential abuse in the market. The pressing issues of surveillance and how best to tackle…

Is Low Latency the New Disaster Recovery?

“Everyone wants low latency … the trouble is no one wants to pay for it,” were words spoken recently by a senior executive of a major financial IT vendor. It was a private meeting, so I won’t name the individual or the company, but what was said resonated with me, because it echoed my increasing…

Perseus Rolls Certified Time Service for Regulatory Compliance, Algo Trading

Perseus Telecom has rolled out a certified time service to allow trading firms to accurately timestamp market data and transactions for regulatory and algorithmic trading purposes. The service taps technology from Certichron, which Perseus is now selling and maintaining at a number of market data centres, with more to come. Certified time is a proprietary and…

A-Team Video with Eccleston on S&P Capital IQ’s Vision for R2, QuantHouse and CMA in 2013 – and Beyond

Lou Eccleston, President of S&P Capital IQ, talks to A-Team’s Andrew Delaney about the company’s recent spate of corporate acquisitions, which saw the addition of risk specialist R2, ultra low-latency data provider QuantHouse and OTC derivatives valuations provider CMA. Eccleston explains the rationale behind each of the transactions, and presents his vision for combining the three…

Industrialising Investment Banking Technology

What does an industrialised bank look like? We are embarking on a journey already undertaken by many other industries as they matured. Using the automotive industry as an example, we see: Use of technology and lean processes to drive down costs Reduction in end-product complexity Increased regulation for a safer industry Extensive technology cross-licensing and…

Verdande and ITRS Link Provides Early Warning for System Outages

Continuing to work with application monitoring solutions, case-based reasoning specialist Verdande Technologies has forged a partnership with ITRS Group in order to create an “early warning system for potential trading outages, system failures or other latency-impacting events.” The deal involves Verdande linking its Edge platform with ITRS’s Geneos in order to leverage data points collected…

Q&A: HPCC Systems’ Flavio Villanustre on Not Map Reduce and Open Source

HPCC Systems – a unit of LexisNexis – has been quietly building out a big data processing platform for several years, using it internally to power several of its parent’s services and applications. Now, it’s open sourcing the not-map reduce platform, and selling a commercial version to third parties. We got the detail from Dr….

Q&A: Dell’s Bob Barris on the ABCD of Big Data Analytics

Combining its server, storage and networking hardware with open source and partner software, and professional services, Dell is shaping up to be an IT heavyweight in the big data space. We tapped Dell VP of sales for financial services Bob Barris to explain the company’s offering, and he responded that it’s as easy as ABC…

Screen Upgrades INFOmatch Index Licensing Module to Boost Transparency, Control

Screen INFOmatch is planning to release an upgraded version of its eponymous market data inventory system that supports cost and contract management in mid-December. The new version will focus on index licensing with the provision of tools for improved management and increased transparency. Peter Fruitema, CEO of Screen Group, a financial services solutions company that…

Capco Proposes the Creation of a Data Culture to Advance Data Management

Financial firms are falling short on data management issues such as calculating the true cost of data, identifying the operational cost savings of improved data management and embracing social media data, but according to research by consultancy Capco, these issues can be resolved with a cross-organisational and practical approach to data management and the development…