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Modular Applications and Integrated Platforms—The Best of Both Worlds

Traditionally, sell-side front offices have been forced to make difficult choices between single integrated trading platforms and discrete modular applications designed to support specialist front-office functions such as trading and execution management. Both approaches have their advantages although, significantly, they also have their drawbacks

The Panel

  • Linda Middleditch, Chief of Product Strategy and Engineering, Itiviti
  • Lou Rosato, Director, BlackRock
  • Rajneesh Acharya, Managing Director, Bank of America
  • Vijay Mayadas, President, Capital Markets, Executive Committee Member, Broadridge Financial Solutions
  • Moderator: Victor Anderson, Global content director, WatersTechnology

Now, however, there is another option, thanks to advances in technology, development methodologies and delivery mechanisms—a single, integrated front-office platform consisting of a suite of modular applications that can be implemented as a whole or as a cluster of standalone applications that can sit alongside other best-of-breed tools and interoperate with them through open application programming interfaces (APIs). 

Topics discussed: 

  • The business and operational advantages of implementing modular applications that can be part of a best-of-breed architecture or form a single, integrated front-to-back-office platform 
  • The business benefits and technology implications offered on the back of implementing modular tools specifically designed to interoperate with other third-party applications 
  • The emergence of open APIs and how they are allowing sell-side firms to move into new business areas and asset classes.
 
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