The Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), a non-profit organisation promoting open innovation in financial services, has released version 1.0 of the Financial Desktop Connectivity and Collaboration Consortium (FDC3) standard. Founded and contributed to by OpenFin, the initiative brings connectivity and standards to the financial industry’s desktop applications.
Gabriele Columbro, executive director of FINOS, says: “The FDC3 interoperability standard represents the first fundamental building block for an open, organically evolving ecosystem of applications on traders’ desktops. The end game is to enable optimal user experience delivered with high levels of efficiency.”
FDC3 was ratified in November 2018. Over 50 financial organisations have supported development of the standard, which has been built on active contributions from Adaptive, Citadel, FactSet, GreenKey, IHS Markit, JP Morgan, OpenFin, Refinitiv, Scott Logic, Tick42, and Wellington.
Nicholas Kolba, chief product officer at OpenFin and FDC3 programme co-founder and chair, explains: “For too long in financial services, humans have been the integration layer between their applications. Now, with the FDC3 1.0 standard ratified and released, we can enable automation and make the humans smarter, faster, and better.”
The FDC3 standard is expected to bring a new level of productivity and workflow automation to financial institutions. Its core goal is to make it possible for fintech developers to create applications, whether in-house or third party, that can interact seamlessly without the need for bilateral agreements or proprietary application programme interfaces (APIs).
To evaluate and implement the standard, visit the FINOS FDC3 site.