Eikos Partners Framework Enables Rapid Delivery of Next Generation Applications
EPCATALYST is a rapid development platform created to deliver a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated applications.
EPCATALYST helps you speed up development by offering you, not just a mere set of controls, but a carefully thought out application. It allows you to start with a shell, choose professionally designed themes, and add widgets to produce your own unique portal.
Creating a “One Pane of Glass” vision of the Enterprise Systems Infrastructure
Infront Consulting Group and Eikos Partners have announced a joint agreement to deliver a monitoring tool with a highly configurable visual interface to the Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) technology branded “Infront InSight”. The product, based on Eikos Partners UX Framework – epCatalyst, interacts with data from the SCOM database, and provides a fast, interactive interface with the monitored services displaying. This fully customizable and extensible dashboard is built using Silverlight and exposes data through a set of selectable and configurable widgets making the presentation and organization of data limitless to the customer. The product has been built to allow for integration with other monitoring and information gathering tools allowing a customer to build a One Pane of Glass view that incorporates data from System Center, third party network monitoring tools and web analytic tools as well as in-house line of business tools. The firms plan the initial launch for June, 2012.
The pre-release version was shown and generated great interest at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas in April.
For more information or to schedule a demo of the Infront InSight dashboard solution, contact email@example.com.
Infront Consulting Group is a global Systems Integration and Management Consulting organization. We assist our large enterprise customers with the technical implementation and operational processes required to successfully deploy Microsoft System Center technologies. Our mission is simple. We strive to provide the brightest minds in the industry to our customers to allow them to effectively and efficiently deploy and operationalize technology that supports and empowers their business.
One of our core organizational values is community. Our roots are deeply integrated into the System Center community. Infront Consulting Group is a founder of http://www.systemcentercentral.com, one of the most popular community sites targeted at System Center. We employ significant number of Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) who are recognized by Microsoft to be thought leaders in the industry and who regularly present at industry conferences like TechEd and the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) as subject matter experts. (SMEs)
Eikos Partners is a New York based consulting firm built around proven domain expertise serving the financial industry. Partners have real world experience at the C-level and our team each have a track record of delivery to the industry. Eikos is an expert in using “Agile” techniques that rapidly drive the determination of a user’s requirements and deliver from an early stage a continuous stream of capability.
The firm has a deep and varied technology background, with extensive knowledge and use of Silverlight, making them a leader in deploying this for real-world business applications.
Eikos Partners has been involved in delivering front, middle and back office applications for all asset classes, as well as for credit and market risk. Clients include well-known Wall Street names, as well the hedge fund industry and retail brokerage.
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Eikos Launches New WordPress powered Website
Eikos launches its new website now powered by wordpress, making it easier to add content that immediately integrates into the great look and feel that we have applied to our website, we are continuing to work on providing further integration with WordPress so that we can integrate with social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter.
If anyone is interested in the Windows 8 Metro inspired theme we have applied to WordPress for our site, then please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Numerix & Eikos Partner to Offer Numerix Powered Solutions for epCatalyst Platform Users
Partnership to provide Eikos clients with interactive access to Numerix CrossAsset pricing analytics and risk management capabilities within Eikos’ epCatalyst platform dashboard
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 23, 2011 – Numerix (www.numerix.com) the leading provider of cross-asset analytics for derivatives valuations and risk management, along with Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com), a specialist in trading and risk applications for the financial industry, today announced their partnership to offer integrated access to “Numerix Powered” interactive pricing, analytics and risk display solutions within the Eikos epCatalyst platform dashboard which is available now.
Users of the Eikos epCatalyst platform dashboard, based on the powerful and flexible Microsoft Silverlight technology, which includes portfolio managers, traders and risk managers, will be able to access the extensive Numerix CrossAsset library of independent pricing models and methods to price and generate risk sensitivities across all asset classes. The flexibility of the Numerix CrossAsset library coupled with the rapid development capabilities of epCatalyst, will allow developers to tie into the Numerix pricing and risk environments to create robust solutions. Eikos epCatalyst enables front and middle office professionals to do deal structuring and trade entry on the fly, as well as calculate pricing-risk analytics and drill down on the aspects of virtually any Numerix defined or structured deal via a high impact GUI dashboard and series of interactive display gadgets.
“The tight integration of Numerix analytics within the Eikos epCatalyst platform offers users a powerful and robust pricing and risk solution. The wide variety of display solutions and available models means users can now value virtually any deal type using Numerix’s different methodologies and custom model calibrations. We look forward to a successful partnership with Eikos and to providing our customers with new and exciting ways to access and display our world class analytics,” said Steven R. O’Hanlon, President and COO of Numerix.
“We developed epCatalyst to create a highly flexible environment with a superior user experience, which enables users to be able to visualize and interact with the complexities of the information and services supporting their business, states David Lattimore-Gay,” Partner, Eikos. “The combination of epCatalyst and Numerix’s industry leading analytics services, brings this concept to an entirely new level, and allows our clients to create and view any pricing model and complex risk scenario using an intuitive interface in a few minutes across a diverse set of source systems.”
The epCatalyst framework coupled with Numerix’s pricing and risk management capabilities provides users with a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated risk management applications that are essential for the financial industry.
Eikos Partners Announces epCatalyst for the Financial Services Market
Eikos Framework Enables Fast Start, Rapid Delivery of Microsoft Silverlight Applications for the Financial Industry
NEW YORK – JULY 13, 2010 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a specialist in designing and developing Silverlight applications for the financial industry, today announced EPCATALYST, a rapid development platform created to deliver sophisticated Microsoft Silverlight-based applications.
The major EPCATALYST framework component manages the Silverlight display objects, or “widgets.” Within the display framework, the EPCATALYST widgets take on the overall theme, and perform direct business functions. Using the services of the display platform, widgets can interact with services in other parts of EPCATALYST, or with each other to create an intuitive response to user interactions. For customization purposes, Eikos Partners designed the EPCATALYST with many generic widgets.
“Our goal was to reduce the time, costs and risks of building new Silverlight solutions, or adding them to an existing systems infrastructure” said David Lattimore-Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “EPCATALYST represents a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated Silverlight applications that are essential for the financial industry.”
The framework also contains other key elements that financial services rely upon such as Database, CEP, Business Intelligence (BI) and Reporting & Document Management components. These are all connected by a communication layer that functions as a service bus, and provides connection over the intranet and Internet. EPCATALYST is structured to ensure technology choice remains open, and has wide ranging flexibility to add new functions and interactions. Interaction with data and services that are provided by an existing systems infrastructure or by external services are provided by web service components.
“Our experience of using EPCATALYST with our clients is that it easily saves 4-6 months in analysis and development time, and allows immediate focus on the business problem, with the opportunity to deliver real world capability within a very short period of time. Using EPCATALYST allows the focus to be on effectiveness, efficiency, differentiation and a heightened User Experience,” added Lattimore-Gay.
Eikos Partners Creates new Portal for Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services Division
NEW YORK – May 6, 2010 - Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com), a specialist in designing and developing Silverlight applications for the financial industry, today announced it has delivered a complete business portal for Cantor Fitzgerald’s Prime Services Division.
Cantor provides equity and fixed income Prime Brokerage services to hedge funds, money managers, REIT’s, professional traders, broker dealers and ‘40 Act funds.
“We are delighted with the portal delivered by Eikos,” said Noel Kimmel, Senior Managing Director in charge of Cantor Prime Services. “The portal enables us to integrate all asset classes into a single environment, and is designed to enhance the client experience.”
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class. It exposes a set of services being provided by Cantor Prime Services, and is built in Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. Eikos was selected because of their experience with Silverlight, and their process, which allowed for early and continuous delivery of capability.
“This is the culmination of 18 months of work in understanding how to build Silverlight applications and deploy them for mission critical business needs” said David Lattimore-Gay, Partner, Eikos. “We have built a reference infrastructure to support our best practices, and most importantly have a team in place that can quickly turn concept into reality.”
The layered structure that Eikos employed allows for marshalling and integration of data and services from the back-end, linked to an extendable front-end that contains visual elements, or “UI widgets”, that perform the business functions. The UI widgets communicate with each other to create an intuitive feedback to the user, and the user has control of how they are organized and displayed. Eikos’s Creative Design Team worked closely with Cantor to design a rich user interface that balanced form and functionality resulting in a superior user experience.
The capabilities offered by Silverlight to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIA), with a zero touch install, to a wide array of browsers and OS platforms were proven in a mission critical environment, so that both Mac and Windows users can access the portal.
Eikos Partners Wins Innovator Award From Windows in Financial Services for Silverlight Integration
NEW YORK – June 23 2009 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations, was chosen by Windows in Financial Services, “The Source on Microsoft Technologies for Financial Services,” to receive a 2009 WFS Innovator Award. The ceremony will be held at SIFMA’s Technology Management Conference and Exhibit in Microsoft Corp’s suite at the New York Hilton. Eikos Partners was selected for its development of financial applications for trading on Microsoft Silverlight.
Criteria for judging and selecting were based on the end result enabling a concrete resolution to an impending issue, solving practical business problems. Winners were selected for clearly implementing technologies on the Microsoft software platform that will redefine a new tomorrow in technology and demonstrate a clear-cut advantage in their particular sectors of the marketplace.
Eikos Partners was recognized for developing a zero-touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting that allows users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real-time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. In addition, moving a mouse over a stock instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system culminates a year of work by Eikos Partners in studying different possibilities for Silverlight. The system also uses Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real-time updates to the client, and Microsoft Azure for back-end processing.
“Silverlight is emerging as one of the most scalable and flexible visualization platforms for the financial arena, and Eikos Partners has been one of the pioneers in program development and customizing solutions,” said Craig Saint-Amour, U.S. capital markets industry solutions director, Microsoft Corp. “Its award winning technology reflects the key elements that are important to financial organizations: ease of use, rapid updates, and ability to process and share data in a customized environment.”
“We’re honored to be recognized by Windows in Financial Services,” said David Lattimore-Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “Our approach redefines how real-time applications will be built, and raises the bar dramatically on performance, speed, availability and reliability, and most importantly, the user experience. Our goal is to future-proof functionality to parallel the presumed expectations that users demand as the scope and capabilities of financial technology services grows.
“We believe that the next generation of client side applications will have to have real time data, news and transaction services as a means of competing for market presence,” added Lattimore-Gay. “Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Kaazing fully meets those needs.” “Eikos has utilized the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway for what it does best—creating an entirely new user experience that’s only possible with low-latency delivery and reliable two-way communications,” said Jonas Jacobi, CEO of Kaazing.
“Innovation at the financial sector is proving to be a challenge accosting all entities in the financial realm, especially due to an economy that has had seismic rumblings,” said Joe Viviani, publisher, Windows in Financial Services. “This year’s 2009 WFS award winners were able to capture, isolate and overcome a business issue with a solid innovation – and extended its capabilities beyond the traditional limits. Whether on a local or global scale, each of these winners has been able to seamlessly integrate their new technologies into the daily workflow DNA and as a result, save time and worry. We salute all the entries and the winners who took the time to utilize their resources through the Microsoft technology platform to find the right business answer for their distinct business needs.”
Eikos Partners Teams With Kaazing to Deliver Cutting Edge Technology for Financial Services Organizations
NEW YORK – June 4, 2009 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations and Kaazing Corporation, makers of real-time web acceleration technology, announced a partnership to collaborate on holistic application development, including the Microsoft Silverlight platform for financial technology customers.
The alliance of the two organizations was based on a mutual core expertise in the financial arena as well as business synergies. The collaboration will provide a comprehensive delivery solution for mission-critical, client-facing applications needing the ability to stream market data, news, chat and transaction services.
Eikos Partners recently developed a zero-touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting that allows users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real-time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. In addition, moving a mouse over a stock instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system deploys Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real-time updates to the client and Microsoft Azure for back-end processing.
“We believe that these capabilities in the next generation of client side applications will be important as a competitive benchmark for market presence,” said David Lattimore- Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Kaazing fully meets those needs and is the logical partner to take us forward. The blending of our expertise will be beneficial for our collective customer base since we both have deep level experience working with Silverlight, the next generation of application efficiency.” Part of Eikos’ solution is the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway, which speeds messages between Message Delivery Networks and real-time web clients. Applications like those built by Eikos must meet exacting performance and reliability requirements regardless of the technologies being used.
“Eikos is a recognized leader in the development of Financial Services applications,” said Jonas Jacobi, CEO of Kaazing. “We’re excited about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with enterprise web development alongside them; we’re convinced that the applications we create together will set the standard for tomorrow’s financial service clients.”
Kaazing’s solutions, based upon their patent-pending HTML 5 WebSockets Acceleration technology, make it possible to deploy Rich Internet Applications that can handle unprecedented amounts of traffic quickly and reliably. As such, they’re the ideal partner for the high-traffic, low-latency web applications that Eikos develops.
Kaazing Enterprise Gateway, the company’s flagship product, is built to the exacting demands of industries like financial services, telecommunications, social networking and online gaming. There’s no software to deploy on the client, and a wide range of protocols, browsers, and Rich Internet Application clients are supported. “Eikos has utilized the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway for what it does best—creating an entirely new user experience that’s only possible with low-latency delivery and reliable two-way communications,” continued Jacobi. “Kaazing’s patent-pending HTML 5 WebSocket Acceleration technology helps financial services clients redefine how realtime applications will be built, and raises the bar dramatically on delivery speed, message volume and dependability.”
Worldflow and Eikos Partners Form a Strategic Alliance
NEW YORK – May 13, 2009 – WorldFlow, a leading provider of software and consultancy services to the financial services market, and Eikos Partners, a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations, have formed a strategic alliance to better serve their clients with innovative end-to-end solutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Both firms have an established track record of providing solutions to Investment banks and Hedge Funds using a deep understanding of the businesses needs and innovative approaches to meet them.
Eikos Partners “right shore” model balances the strength of its highly skilled New York staff with the cost efficiency of its team of professionals based in Panama, specializing in Microsoft .Net 3.5 technologies.
Eikos has developed a set of User Experience Frameworks that takes the traditional interactive UI for trading and financial applications to a dynamic new level. EP Trader is Microsoft WPF based, and EP Trader its Silverlight solution set.
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HTML5 applications can facilitate content creation on mobile devices
One of the biggest trends in mobile is the increasing shift from content consumption to content creation devices. The standard used to be that we would create content on more powerful machines like desktop computers and consume it on our mobile gadgets, but the emerging functionality of smartphones and tablets has changed all that. They are now equally viable options to collect data and create documents.
So it only makes sense that content is being created on HTML5 applications. An article in VentureBeat goes as far as to suggest that creativity in the workplace is being facilitated via cloud computing and HTML5 development. In areas like marketing and design where creativity is essential, firms are turning to Web-based application as a means for developing documents and graphics, which is substantially different than the way things were done in the past.
Will Price, a technology executive and guest author of the article, spoke about the way creativity is shifting from standard to mobile environments and cited the advancement of HTML5 as the primary catalyst behind this shift. He said that given the multi-device capabilities of HTML5, it is far more viable than using traditional apps.
"An important component to this move has been a standardization of the technology behind web-based multimedia under HTML5," Price wrote. "Flash is notorious not only for the frequent software updates needed to avoid crashes, but also for not playing nice with iOS, leaving out a significant segment of the burgeoning mobile market. Its incompatibility with half of the rapidly-growing global market of phones and tablets signals its death knell."
Of course, this shift is happening slowly and businesses today should focus primarily on the content consumption capabilities of HTML5 applications. It does, however, showcase the potential of the technology and remind us why it will be such a viable tool in the future.
Is an iPad Pro coming in 2014?
The iPad is less than four years old, but its evolution during a relatively short amount of time has been uncanny. While it may not have been Apple's clear goal during its initial launch, it is clear now that the iPad is intended to be perceived (and most importantly purchased) the way one might buy a personal computer.
Today, there are a myriad of options when it comes to buying Mac computers. The iMac, Mac Pro and MacBook lines mean there's a computer for everyone. Perhaps there's an iPad for everyone as well, with a different device to meet each specific need.
The initial iPad line saw four generations of the device pass before it branched off, but now there's an iPad Mini and, as of this fall, an iPad Air. While the latter was thought to be the replacement for the standard line, that might not be the case.
This month, rumors have begun to surface that Apple might be releasing a 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2014. This device is speculated to feature a larger screen and will likely be a more powerful device. Like with the Mini and Air, the naming convention emulates what Apple has done with the Mac, which is another example of the company turning the iPad into the next Mac. And given the increasing popularity of the tablet and the growing sense that we're living in a post-PC world, one has to wonder if Apple is pushing to make the iPad its primary "computer."
What the iPad Pro could mean for business applications
It's big news for the enterprise. The iPad has already begun to proliferate in the business space and this will only increase adoption. An article in the online publication Trusted Reviews suggests this also represents a shift in what people do with the iPad.
"The idea the iPad is just a consumption device is very out of date. It might be true for some people, but for many others it's for creating and working, as the huge range of apps and accessories show," wrote Andy Vandervell, the article's author. "Apple's recent moves show it recognizes this, too, even if its execution and inclination is still 'pro-lite' right now. Making the iWork apps free and creating the bridge between desktop and iPad in the shape of iWork on iCloud are all steps in the right direction to creating a tightly integrated productivity ecosystem."
Not only will there be more iPads on the market for organizations to choose from, there will be a wide selection. However, this does increase the need to be cognizant of what applications are ultimately developed. With different screen sizes and functionalities, applications must function properly on each gadget.
HTML5 applications can help with this process. Instead of creating native apps specifically for each device, Web app development can allow companies to create applications that run on the Safari browser and will fit any iPad, regardless of its screen size and functionality. And, if the iPad Pro delivers the power that some are speculating, it will only enhance the value of HTML5 development because the Safari browser will be faster and have a stronger graphic display.
Big data is a movement, not a technology
One mistake many people make regarding big data is they try to visualize it in a singular product or system. The thing is, big data isn't a technology the way cloud computing or ERP systems are. Big data is a movement, one that is reshaping the way companies use their information to fuel their efforts.
That is the sentiment of a recent Forbes article that says big data is far more than a simple buzzword for business heads to throw around. It's a way of doing business and, in fact, it is really the way to do business going forward, if you ask proponents of this idea.
Mayank Bawa, a data analytics executive, is one of these individuals. He is featured in the article advising business owners to embrace big data this way.
"Big Data is not a specific technology. Big Data is a movement," Bawa said. "It is about how organizations leverage different kinds of information for different types of business purposes to unlock value that was previously unattainable or unknowable."
So, if big data is a concept that is going to change the way we do business, it's important for organizations to obtain the tools required to facilitate this. HTML5 applications are simplistic but effective for collecting information and displaying it in an easy-to-comprehend format. Cross platform mobile app development in this format allows users to access information on any device, which ultimately enhances the value of their information because it can be accessed, processed and evaluated from anywhere and at any time.
Businesses must control all aspects of their mobile strategies
Research and Markets has conducted an extensive study on enterprise mobile device management, determining that the three major factors driving adoption of mobility are bring-your-own-device (BYOD), mobile device management (MDM) and application development and management.
As we move forward into 2014, Research and Markets believes more organizations will increase their reliance on mobile by allowing more employees to bring their gadgets to work, which will prompt increased application development. Of course, all of these strategies will have to be properly managed in one environment, which is why MDM is becoming such an important issue across the enterprise.
A preview of the report, detailed in a recent press release, suggests companies have to control every aspect of mobile usage within the confines of the organization.
"Enterprise mobility strategy must include the design, building and integration of mobile application as well as management," the preview says. "Management consists of MDM as well as Apps Stores management, which itself includes app publish/distribution, managing the Run time environment and app performance management."
Essentially, if an organization is to successfully build an application, deploy it to staff, maintain it throughout its lifecycle and perform any other necessary actions such as upgrades, it can not afford to ignore any aspect of the process. Meaning, if an organization is to develop HTML5 applications, it must ensure they are properly designed and implemented in a way that does not compromise their effectiveness on their intended devices. Working with an HTML5 development team that provides quick turnaround times and promotes collaboration can assist with this effort.
Study: Developers believe HTML5 applications are ready for the enterprise, find them just as effective as native apps
There have been so many articles pertaining to the battle between native and HTML5 applications as of late. We have certainly made our case in this blog, but many outside points are contradictory and it's difficult to get a sense of what is ultimately best for your organization. That's why, ultimately, the best course of action is to go straight to those who are "in the trenches" as it were and hear their perspective. In this case, that's the developers themselves.
By doing that, you will learn one key bit of information: despite the lack of support many technology analysts have shown for HTML5 and the heavy preference toward native applications, developers see no difference between the two.
A study conducted by Telerik found that 57 percent of those either involved in facilitating mobile application development or developing apps themselves believe HTML5 is enterprise-ready, or at least it will be within the next year. This contradicts a traditional sentiment that developers preferred native apps (presumably because they only had to consider one platform's specs at a time) and it points to 2014 being a big year for the programming language.
Todd Anglin, vice president of cross-platform products and solutions for Telerik, spoke on the matter, suggesting that HTML5 could actually prove to be a better solution than native applications, because it could be the answer to some of the problems that have plagued the development industry.
"Not only can HTML5 be a powerful technology for unlocking more you can do via the Web, but done right, HTML5 could be one of the valid approaches for solving some of the challenges that mobile is creating," he said.
We already know how valuable HTML5 applications can be for end users. If it becomes a better option for developers, there is no reason to doubt its potential in the market for years to come.
Don’t be turned away from the future of the internet by false starts
Many innovations can bring with them disappointments, dips and discouraging periods in which potential customers get turned away. But it can be worth it to stick with looking for new excel functions that match up with the advances of HTML5 applications despite seeming bumps in the road.
That's what Rob Grossberg urges in a recent post for ReadWrite. In his estimation, the hype of HTML5 overshadowed some real problems with the product, but that doesn't mean that there isn't some substance there waiting to be put to use if we can see it for what it really is. Information provided by Grossman from Business Intelligence seems to show a turnaround in the amount of system support that is given.
"When the pendulum swung away from HTML5 in 2012, it swung pretty far and scared away many potential innovators," Grossman writes. "How much farther along might HTML5 be if expectations had been tempered and more companies focused on its potential rather than its failures?"
And an article recently featured in Wired also encourages companies to think about HTML5 as more than just a buzzword and think about exactly what its applications might be used for. Thinking about the capabilities and how they will work with your applications can be part of the road to optimization for your business.
When it comes to what Excel can do in this new platform, your business can look to Eikos for guidance and a steady relationship that will steer you through the bumps that may crop up surrounding the "future of applications."
Now that your company data is on your mobile device, how do you share it with stakeholders?
Transparency is an important component of operating a business. Regulatory measures have been put in place to ensure businesses are able to share information with investors and other stakeholders, which can alleviate the risk of reporting misleading information, misappropriation of funds or any other unethical business practice. Computer systems have been designed to facilitate efficient data sharing, but as a number of business processes move from traditional technological environments to mobile devices, how is this regulated?
This was touched upon in a CMS Wire article that spoke about the increasingly complex information that now lives on our smartphones and tablets. When there is a request for information for transparency's sake, or if an organization is called on to present data to settle a legal matter, how can businesses quickly access and present what is required of them?
"Cell phones and tablets must be included in the dragnet when preserving and collecting data in anticipation of litigation," writes Caitlin Murphy, the article's author. "Legal teams must develop workflows and acquire technology that makes it possible to get the discoverable data off these devices for review. If they choose to ignore such devices, they are essentially neglecting their duty to zealously and effectively provide their clients with competent representation."
Whether an organization needs to present its legal team with its information or if it just needs to be easily accessed to mitigate any suspicion of unethical activity, data simplicity is crucial. This can be assisted with the development of HTML5 applications. The ability to manipulate data and present it on any device can remove the burden of having to find information when it is requested of a company.
Despite concerns, offline mode a non-factor with HTML5 applications
In an increasingly connected world, there's one aspect of mobile applications that we often forget about but, in some cases, it's perfectly legitimate — offline mode. Not everything we do requires an online connection. Moreover, apps that do require connection need to provide some sort of functionality when the user is under a tunnel, in a busy area or is in any other environment where connection is either spotty or lost.
This sentiment is prevalent among those who are either against HTML5 applications or at least question their viability in today's business world. Some publications have gone so far as to call offline mode the "elephant in the room" when it comes to talking about HTML5 development. The online publication Rude Baugette did just that in a recent article.
"So today, while we are heavily vested into HTML5 as a technology for our software, I'd like to share what I see as a major down fall of HTML5 at the moment: Disconnected State," wrote Gregory Menvielle, the article's author. "By disconnected state I mean, 'how on earth is our application supposed to behave once the device is not connected to the internet.' Devices lose connectivity all the time. Just looking at my past few days you can see the fickleness of connectivity: I had no connection in the train between Germany and France. Then, at my place, there seems to be a spot that simply gets no coverage."
This is a legitimate concern, but it's short-sighted. It would be one thing if the networking capabilities of our society were trending toward limiting access, but in reality just the opposite is happening. We live in a world where new cell towers are being installed at a rapid rate, WiFi hotspots are popping up in just about any establishment you can think of and some cities and towns are even considering implementing free wireless internet for everyone.
As time goes on, connectivity will only dwindle as a concern among mobile users. Moreover, we understand this and are making strides to maximize the potential of increased connectivity by adding functionality to applications and devices. The internet of things is based on this concept.
In short, infrastructure updates are making it easier to connect and we're using this to create new application features that capitalize on connectivity. Meaning, HTML5 web app development will only continue to increase as a legitimate development tool.
Study: Developers prefer direct-to-mobile browser approach when developing HTML5 applications
An increasing number of developers are writing mobile Web applications, according to a new study.
A survey recently conducted by VisionMobile attempted to get to the bottom of the native versus HTML5 applications battle. There has been much discussion on this topic, but most of it has been emotional and argumentative, without many hard facts to back up specific points. This study was designed to provide those facts.
The report said as much in its introduction.
"There is a lot of discussion around HTML5 vs. Native, and it's usually polarized. But most people express opinion, rather than facts. In this report, our aim is to answer some of the key questions with hard data," the report says.
That hard data is good news for advocates of HTML5 applications. More developers are preferring to use it as their primary platform to build new apps. Moreover, they are going directly to the browser.
Not only is it easier for developers to build and deliver these apps, they are easier for users to access. They aren't very complex, but they are quick, easy to develop and can allow users to manipulate and report on data from a variety of different devices. Using this solution adds efficiency to numerous business processes and can give organizations the flexibility they need to significantly enhance their productivity without spending an inordinate amount of money on development.
Mobility gives workers more flexibility
The basic hierarchy of an organization hasn't changed much—there's the CEO, fellow executives, middle management and the lower level employees—but the roles these individuals play is different. More specifically, the freedoms and flexibilities given to certain workers have changed dramatically.
Traditionally, there wasn't a great deal that lower end users could do outside of the strict guidelines imposed by the organization. This was typically enforced through technology. IT departments made it difficult for users to deviate from the straight line of their workflow. However, with the integration of mobility into the office, this is slowly beginning to change.
Lower end employees now have the flexibility to conduct a number of pertinent tasks on their mobile phones, and the practice has been harder to regulate than work on traditional desktop machines. One reason for this is because with increased flexibility on their mobile devices, users are able to create more data. This is a major challenge for IT departments, as described in a recent article in the online publication Times of Oman.
"The challenge for the IT Department therefore lies in its ability to protect the increasing amounts of data that is created by users outside of the enterprise whilst still meeting the demand for a mobile lifestyle," wrote Allen Mitchell, the article's author. "In a clear reversal of roles, instead of stipulating what systems and processes should be used by employees, IT professionals now need to provide services that deliver real value to the user."
Businesses can help themselves by creating applications designed to run on mobile devices, but not in a native capacity. HTML5 applications can give users access to data but still allow the organization to maintain control over its management.
Numerix HPC with Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. more...
Cantor Fitzgerald Portal
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class. more...
Fixed Income Trading
The FI Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. more...
Kaazing Real-Time Data
An equity trading system with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and chat sessions. The charts and annotations update in real-time. more...
Numerix High Performance Computing With Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. Using this intuitive browser-based interface, portfolios can be re-priced based on specific conditions or changes in market data. In the world of derivatives, many organizations could only run these calculations once a day. Now they can be done on-demand, all in a fraction of the time, thanks to integration with grid environments such as Microsoft Windows Azure. Decisions can at last be made on a near real-time basis using dynamic market conditions.
For example, users can select a portfolio of 1,000 complex FX trades, select a market environment, change it, and submit the selection for pricing and see the result all within seconds. Secure, user-based permissions enable the Back Office to use this workstation to perform End-of-Day Valuations across all portfolios based on the same underlying pricing and analytics information in Numerix.
From the same workstation, Heads of Trading Desks, Risk Management and Operations executives can also leverage PowerPivot to access historical pricing and analytics data stored in very large databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. These detailed reports and dashboards let business users analyze what traders are doing across all markets whenever they want, wherever they want.
This solution augments existing trade capture, lifecyle, OMS, PMS, and risk management systems. Built using epCatalyst, the intuitive interface and integration framework from Eikos Partners, it runs on top of Numerix Cross Asset Server, the industry’s most comprehensive and sophisticated pricing and analytics engine. epCatalyst is a Silverlight Application Framework built entirely with the Microsoft software stack. It allows integration of multiple systems and data sources into a comprehensive infrastructure, and enables data and services to be transformed into actionable information.
The result is an equally superior experience for desktop, web or mobile users. Applications built with epCatalyst interact with Numerix CrossAsset Server to price all major asset classes, including: fixed income, inflation, credit, equity, foreign exchange and commodity instruments, as well as hybrids. Seamless integration with the underlying grid environment’s scheduler, such as Microsoft Windows Azure, enables authorized users to see the workflow of this request, which servers and how many nodes in the cluster are being utilized to price this complex portfolio.
Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services Portal
The client, a major US brokerage, was entering a new line of business as a Prime Broker. The firm already had in place many of the services and systems needed to support the business, but they required a single, highly automated, means for prime broker clients to be able to monitor and manage the flow of business.
The client also wished to have this “portal” be a differentiating factor, against competitors, in the launch of this business.
Using a basic framework structure to separate the interaction of marshalling the movement of data from/to the backend systems, from the user interaction, our people worked with the client using an Agile approach to develop mock-ups of the client services.
The delivered portal, used by internal support staff, as well as external clients, allowed user to create and manage their own “dashboard” view of the data and services using a selectable set of gadgets.
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class.
The portal allowed the user to select and view, request and search reports, manage trades, file uploads. Considerable design effort was given to reducing user interactions, and to have intuitive responses from the portal.
It exposes a set of services being provided by Cantor Prime Services, and is built in Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. Eikos was selected because of their experience with Silverlight, and their process, which allowed for early and continuous delivery of capability.
The layered structure that Eikos employed allows for marshalling and integration of data and services from the back-end, linked to an extendable front-end that contains visual elements, or “UI widgets”, that perform the business functions. The UI widgets communicate with each other to create an intuitive feedback to the user, and the user has control of how they are organized and displayed.
The work was all performed in Silverlight, with web services as the back end integrator. The capabilities offered by Silverlight to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIA), with a zero touch install, to a wide array of browsers and OS platforms were proven in a mission critical environment, so that both Mac and Windows users can access the portal.
Eikos’s Creative Design Team worked closely with Cantor to design a rich user interface that balanced form and functionality resulting in a superior user experience.
Fixed Income Trading Framework
Our people have worked designing, implementing and deploying an anonymous Fixed Income Trading environment. This included:
- Designing an application that provides anonymous auction capabilities for a number of different Fixed Income products.
- Providing for ASP deployment capabilities which allow the application to run in a hosted environment and provides the user with a secure downloadable application that can be run on their desktop.
- UI’s were built also for WPF and Silverlight, WPF for the Desktop, and Silverlight for Web Users.
Eikos Partners have created a platform to achieve a dramatic improvement in how user facing applications are built, and the experience that a user gets, by taking full advantage of the capability of WPF to separate the development of the UI from the need to have detailed understanding of the business function.
This allows UI designers and developers to focus on developing new UI solutions while another set of developers focuses on the business logic. This decoupling allows change to happen faster as well as providing a cost effective solution to the need for tailored individual solutions. Eikos Partners uses SOA services; techniques and best practices to further enhance the separation between designer and developer.
The EP Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. There was no linkage between the designer involved with the UI and the developers of the business logic, in fact they were in differing locations, using a human ergonomics graphic designer in New York, and our team of highly qualified developers in Panama.
Eikos Partners is active in extending the framework to cover a wider set of classes and functions, and is adding display methods that change the user experience dynamics, such as display cubes. Key design elements are creation of an easily customized intuitive environment, and the ability to be able to interact with significant amounts of information without visual clutter.
The framework is designed to meet both the needs of building new applications, as well as “re-skinning” current applications. Microsoft’s .Net environment is flexible and allows it to operate easily with other technologies, allowing new development using the optimal technology infrastructure, as well as legacy applications to benefit from dynamic improvements in the user experience.
The system was built using .NET 3.5, WinForms, WPF, Silverlight, C# and SQL Server. Eikos Partners is taking advantage of Silverlight to create the same capabilities, and a feature rich user experience, delivered over the web to the browser.
Kaazing Real-Time Data Delivery
To further convey our R & D capabilities, we recently developed a zero‐touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real‐time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. By moving a mouse over a stock symbol, it instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system also uses Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real‐time updates to the client, and Microsoft Azure for back‐end processing.
We believe that the next generation of client side applications will have to have real time data, news and transaction services as a means of competing for market presence. Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Our partner Kaazing fully meets those needs.
Communications between the client and the back‐end application run across an HTML 5 Web Socket. If the connection fails, the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway will reconnect automatically; the connection is secure, fast, and able to tunnel through firewalls and proxies.
We believe that the future of the Web looks like this: fast, reliable two‐way connections fronted by intuitive, visually engaging user interfaces that maximize user productivity. Kaazing’s patent‐pending WebSockets Acceleration makes this possible.