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.

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Creating a "One Pane of Glass" vision of the Enterprise Systems Infrastructure

Infront and Eikos form strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of monitoring solutions for the Microsoft Systems Center marketplace. Infront Insight is a customizable dashboard to interact with SCOM data, and other monitored services and applications. more...

Eikos Launches New WordPress powered Website

November 08, 2011 - Eikos lanunches its new website that is now powered by wordpress, making it easy to add content that integrates into the great look and feel that we have applied to our website, also the cool thing is that we have created a specific theme for wordpress that now mimics the Windows 8 Metro style look and feel. more...

Numerix & Eikos Partner to offer “Numerix Powered” Solutions for epCatalyst

NEW YORK – February 23, 2011 - Users of the Eikos epCatalyst platform dashboard will be able to access the extensive Numerix CrossAsset library of independent pricing models and methods. more...

Eikos Partners Announces epCatalyst for the Financial Services Market

NEW YORK – July 13, 2010 - epCatalyst is a component rich framework, which Eikos Partners uses to deliver sophisticated browser based applications using Silverlight. more...

Eikos Partners Creates New Portal for Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services

NEW YORK - May 6, 2010 - Eikos Partners today announced it has delivered a complete business portal for Cantor Fitzgerald’s Prime Services. more...

Eikos Partners wins Innovator Award From WFS For Silverlight Integration

NEW YORK – June 23, 2009 – Eikos Partners was chosen by Windows in Financial Services to receive a WFS Innovator Award. Eikos was selected for its development of financial applications for trading on Microsoft Silverlight. more...

Eikos and Kaazing Deliver Cutting Edge Technology For Financial Services Industry

NEW YORK – June 4, 2009 – Eikos Partners and Kaazing Corporation announced a partnership to collaborate on holistic application development, including the Microsoft Silverlight platform for financial technology customers. more...

Eikos Partners and Worldflow Limited Form Strategic Alliance to Deliver Innovative Solutions

NEW YORK - May 13, 2009 - WorldFlow and Eikos Partners have formed a strategic alliance to better serve their clients with innovative end-to-end solutions on both sides of the Atlantic. more...

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 sales@infrontconsulting.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.

Brian Slater
brian.slater@eikospartners.com
203 434 4290

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 info@eikospartners.com

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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Examining the mobile development landscape

Recently, market research firm VisionMobile, released its 2014 third quarter "State of the Developer Nation" report. This tracks mobile developers and the app economy. The data comes from a survey of more than 10,000 application developers from around the world.

According to the numbers, the average number of platforms that developers target when creating an application comes in at 2.2. That is down from 2.5 that was recorded in the first quarter and 2.9 from last year. The number gets even shorter if you remove game developers. This drops it down to 1.75 platforms targeted for every app and 43 percent of those are only targeting one platform.

Unsurprisingly, Apple iOS and Android remain the dominant platform in the mobile realm, being cited by 55 percent and 70 percent respectfully. A surprising takeaway, however, is that the other platforms are also increasing in use with the Windows Phone (28 percent), Windows 8 (18 percent), mobile browsers (15 percent) and the BlackBerry 10 (11 percent) all gaining some points.

"In the development tools space, HTML5 was the most widely used technology, adopted by 42 percent of developers," the report reads. "Although 42 percent use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, only 15 percent actually target mobile browsers. The future of HTML5 is beyond the browser. HTML5 was followed by Java — Android's native language — used by 38 percent of developers."

For companies that are looking for new mobile business applications, partnering with an experienced developer that understands how the landscape is changing and what the popular platforms are that will have the biggest impact.

Mobile business applications landscape faces dramatic shift

Regardless of the hardware you have at your organization, it is the software and services that bring a system to a new level. For Example, you would never own a top-of-the-line HD television, but only have basic cable or rabbit ears to get the picture, you are not getting the most out of the system.

In a similar scenario, many companies are using iPhones and iPads, but one of the only drawbacks to Apple mobile devices is that they have never been solely enterprise focused. The company has always been about consumers first and simplifying computing.

That is all going to change, as Apple announced this week that it has partnered with IBM to create more focused enterprise mobility solutions. This will happen with a new class of business apps, bringing IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad.

According to the release, this "landmark partnership" aims to redefine how companies use these devices. The goal is to create a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions, including native apps that will be built from the ground up.

Forrester principal analyst Frank Gillett pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article that if this partnership is successful, it would not only impact the iOS development landscape, but also Android. This would happen if Google, which runs the platform, were to look for a similar partnership to help create a "credible alternative" to what Apple and IBM could start turning out.

Regardless of what Google does, the move from Apple and IBM is going to change how companies use mobile business applications going forward.

Price of ‘software developer’ talent on the rise

There are few skill sets in the business landscape that are increasing at the rate of software development. With more systems going digital, having the right solutions to optimize these new solutions becomes more important. Without the right software, It doesn't matter what hardware is in place, as companies will not get the most out of it.

Because of this increased demand, organizations are finding themselves paying a hefty sum in yearly salary and bonuses to bring in impactful talent and have stretched over $100,000, as a recent article from InfoWorld is reporting.

A Dice.com survey of 700 employers found that nearly two-thirds of those companies offered a bonus plan for software developers and other employees. On the site, there are over 12,000 hits when searching for "software developer."

One of the biggest problems with this growing trend is that many small and midsized businesses, which benefit greatly from a mobile application or custom web app, cannot afford to pay the six figures a year and bonuses that larger competition is shelling out, to land the top talent on the market. Because of this, it can be easy for these organizations to be left behind.

However, there is an easy way to get around this, which is to partner with third party application development services. Not only does this help a company immediately gain the experience that is need to create top quality application, but they are also able to do so at a fraction of the price that hiring a full time software developer.

OS X Yosemite sparks interest from developers

It has been just over a month since developers were given access to explore Apple's new OS X Yosemite. The latest version of the computer operating system was released at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference and has been met with a very happy user base since going into beta.

In a recent Computerworld article, Jonny Evans, the site's Apple guru, looked at the adoption numbers so far. In just three days, Yosemite was responsible for 0.15 percent of all North American OS X Web traffic. After 30 days, the unreleased platform had climbed to 0.20 percent. By comparison, the previous version, Mavericks, was only at 0.05 percent after the first month.

Evan chalks this up to the fact that OS X was made available to iOS developers for the first time because the two have become more intertwined than ever. This means a million Mac users have been exposed to the system and the adoption rates show that they are eager to try it to see what it is capable of.

"If four times as many developers are already working with the Yosemite OS for future products, then Mac users can look forward to a hugely expanded range of software titles for the platform," Evans wrote. "Driving further Mac adoption and use, and building better business for App developers."

The idea is that this will also help foster new levels of PC/mobile integration, which seems to be the goal for Apple.

All of these new platforms are going to change computer and smartphone app development. This is where a quality third party development team can make all the difference.

The top security concerns for mobile app development

Today, as mobile internet use is poised to exceed desktop use, there must be an increased awareness of security threats in mobile web app development procedures. Consumers are using their devices for a variety of tasks that could leave their data exposed, such as online banking, shopping and investments. 

As mobile apps become easier to use and more readily available, developers must take steps to ensure data security. Many apps that hold sensitive user information require only a single log-in, and then the log-in information is saved. While this prevents the user from being annoyed at having to log-in again and again, if their device is synced to their computer, then they could unwillingly be giving unauthorized users access to sensitive information. 

In a rush to get apps to market, developers can also be tempted to use outdated but readily available encryption algorithms. The use of these algorithms can leave the user's data exposed to broken encryption, and unsavory characters could have unlimited access. Developers need to be certain that all encryption algorithms are modern and secure. 

Now, as more than three-quarters of executives noted that security issues are the top concern for achieving their mobility goals, developers need to be extremely careful to be sure that they can keep user data secure. Unfortunately, according to Apperian's 2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report, 70 percent of respondents are still unable to detect data or device loss. 

This is why it is so critical for developers to understand their clients' security concerns during the development stage, especially for applications that are intended for use in the business realm. A successful breach of a company's secure application can lead to significant financial loss, as well as tarnished consumer perception. 

New tool for successful cross platform mobile development

This blog has previously explored many of the challenges involved with cross platform mobile development. The variety of mobile platforms and browsers available to consumers today has been a thorn in the side of developers attempting to make sure that every user has a smooth, predictable experience. 

Currently, development involves thorough testing across a wide variety of devices, which not only represent a significant investment on the part of the developer, but can be a time-consuming process. For successful cross platform mobile development, developers must write apps for each platform, usually meaning one in Java, one in Objective-C, and other in C++ or HTML. That is why over the last year, Microsoft has been working in a partnership with Perfecto Mobile to find a solution that will help mobile developers in the process. 

This week, Microsoft and Perfecto Mobile announced a new offering that is able to integrate mobile testing into a single process in Visual Studio. According to the press release, the Visual Studio template will offer automated testing on thousands of devices from their existing server. 

"We're working on lot of things to help mobile developers, like improving emulators for these different platforms, but in the end nothing beats on-device testing to find the last 20 percent of problems with an application," said John Montgomery, Microsoft Partner Director Program Manager for Visual Studio, in an interview with eWEEK. "So most developers are confronted with a pretty hard problem, particularly in the Android ecosystem, which is very heterogeneous, they have to go and get a drawer full of devices to test on."

Of course, there will be challenges in the development stage of any mobile application, but this advancement could result in organizations facing less roadblocks during cross platform development. however, it remains best practice to partner with a custom software development firm in order to make sure that all issues are addressed. 

New report shines light on mobile app investment strategies

As smartphones and tablets become increasingly standard business tools, paying attention to the expectations organizations have for their mobile mobile business applications becomes increasingly important. As demand for targeted applications grows, so does the importance of understanding the user's needs and concerns.

According to findings from application management and security specialist Apperian's 2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report, 70 percent of respondents reported that they anticipate equipping more than 1,000 users with mobile apps. This reflects the larger trend of media usage shifting from desktop to mobile. 

But as more organizations turn their focus to mobile applications, Apperian's report discovers what they are looking for as a return on investment in the technology. According to the source, companies most satisfied with their mobility investments "put more emphasis on custom mobile apps, robust enterprise app stores and app management capabilities as well as offering bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies for workers."

The survey also found that the two most popular benefits of enterprise mobility are increased employee satisfaction and a competitive advantage, at least in the eyes of the 100 executives that were involved in the report.

"The report sheds light on important issues that executives at a range of companies embracing enterprise mobility face," David Patrick, CEO at Apperian, said in a statement. "As mobility in the enterprise continues to gain adoption, defining the optimal enterprise mobility strategy is absolutely critical and the information gained in this study will benefit all who lead mobility initiatives."

The reports findings also revealed that organizations that reported the most satisfaction with their mobility investments were those that focused on custom web application development. To further increase satisfaction, organizations should explore partnering with an third party developer that can increase the effectiveness of their endeavors. 

Common mistakes can sink software development strategies

Software development is a complicated strategy for many organizations to deploy. With multiple platforms to pick from the growing use of mobile devices, it becomes increasingly important for organizations to keep this system moving forward.

A recent article from CIO covered several bad coding practices that have prevented software development solutions from taking off. In many cases these are common missteps that make overall operations easier to manage if they are avoided.

The piece starts off by talking about the Pareto principle, where 80 percent of the outcomes can be attributed to 20 percent of the possible causes of a given event. This can be seen in every aspect of human behavior.

"In the field of software development, the principle can be summarized by saying that most problems are caused by a small number of bad coding practices," the article reads. "Eliminate them and your work will be very much easier and more productive."

The biggest coding mistakes are:

  • Typos – Something that should not be common is typos. This is something that organizations prevent through editing and checkpoints.
  • Failing to indent or format code – By indenting or formatting the code it is easier to read and correct during the length of the development project.
  • Falling to modulate code – Keeping one function to one code helps prevent longer, complicated code from having typos.
  • Letting IDE create a false sense of security – While an IDE can help productivity, relying too heavily on them can cause mistakes to sneak through.
  • Hard-coding passwords – By putting passwords in the hard-code, anyone that breaches the network then has access to it.
  • Failing to use good encryption to protect data – Keeping data and information safe is critical and taking a shortcut here is an immediate mistake.
  • Optimize code prematurely – Instead of focusing on noncritical parts of the program and get fancy with code. This may make it fast, but can problems when trying to debug or troubleshoot.
  • Failing to think ahead – Planning is key to successful project management.
  • Adding hands to make up time – By adding multiple new hands to try and make up for lost time can lead to a drop in productivity and lower the responsibility that people take.
  • Bad time estimates – Project management comes down to time management and failure here can doom any project.

By using reliable application development services, businesses can create custom programs while avoiding these common mistakes that trip up other projects.

Google makes some pre-I/O announcements

Yesterday, this blog made some predictions about what would be announced later this week at the Google I/O developers conference. While the keynote is still a day away and will feature the more headline grabbing announcements, the company has made same pre-event news by unveiling a few systems prior to the big event.

The first big unveil was Nest Labs. This is something we predicted yesterday and comes on the heels of Apple's HomeKit development platform. According to an article from Ars Technica, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in January and today announced a new developer program and API that will allow software developers to create devices and apps that communicate with Nest's Protect smoke alarm and Learning Thermostat.

There are already several companies putting out devices that work within these systems like LIFX's lights that can flash red when the smoke alarm goes off to help the hearing impaired or a Chamberlain garage door that communicates with the thermostat to adjust the temperature as people come and go.

"It's not just integration for integration's sake, or connectivity just to connect," Matt Rogers, a Nest co-founder and head of engineering, told the news source. "It's 'what are great user benefits we could do?' Those are the kinds of things we're going to highlight. That said, it's a developer program that's opened up very widely. So whoever wants to build stuff can build stuff."

The other big pre-I/O announcement was an update to Google Glassware, the suite of apps available to owners of Google Glass. According to USA Today, there are several new apps and features included in the update which include:

  • Runtastic – A fitness trainer that tracks workouts and creates custom experiences
  • Duolingo – A language app
  • Livestream – Live video service
  • GuidiGO – Tour guide application with 27 destinations and 250 guided tours
  • Shazam – Music identification app now has voice control
  • Allthecooks – Recipe application

This is not believed to be the last time that Google Glass is addressed this week, as it is likely that Android Wear smartwatches are expected to take center stage during the keynote.

Google is going to take make some waves tomorrow during its developers conference and the eyes of all application development services will be watching. Much like Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which was held earlier the month, there should be some new trends born out of this event that will change the way that app development happens.

Predictions before the Google I/O developers conference

Much of the talk when it comes to mobile device application development this month has been about Apple. This makes sense because the company held its Worldwide Developers Conference at the start of June and unveiled the beta version of iOS 8. This came complete with a series of new development kits, several features available to third party designers and a new coding language.

Since then, developers have had nearly a month to play with the platform and support some of these changes. However, other companies in this market are also going to get a chance to grab headlines, and June will end with Google as it hosts the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco later this week.

A recent article from CiteWorld examined the planned sessions for this week and speculates as to what the technology company could have planned. What is clear is that nearly all of the major players — Android, Chrome, Google Cloud Platform and much more – will be on the docket. The big talking points from the show will follow the theme "design, develop and distribute" and could be:

Quantum Paper

Believed to be a new design framework that will work for all Google products, Quantum Paper's goal is to enable a consistent user experience across all platforms and browsers. This would address the issue that some users have with Android, in that there are multiple versions on hundreds of devices.

"Quantum Paper is a hugely ambitious project, looking to unify and codify paradigms for visual, motion, and interaction design across all platforms, including web, Android, and iOS," Liam Spradlin, a blogger for Android Police, told the news source.

Both Android developers and users would benefit from this because it will simplify design and make it easier for programs to be created for the laundry list of Android enabled devices.

Android Lollipop

The next version of the Android platform, version 5.0, is believed to be code named "Lollipop." While the name is subject to change, it is believed that the update will be significant. That is because it will feature the first major integration of Android, Chrome and search into a single platform.

It will also allow users to access functions and features from third-party apps without needing to open the app. There is also speculation that it will include Google Now, the voice-activated personal assistant.

Android Wear/Google Fit

The company has already confirmed that it is working on a smartwatch called Android Wear. While the operating system already dominated this market, this would be a Google-specific operating system that would run in hardware created by LG.

Google Fit is the company's answer to similar systems like Apple's HealthKit platform. While not confirmed, this trend is growing and would go hand-in-hand with the creation of wearable technology.

Other possibilities

There are a number of smaller systems that could also be announced or touched on this week. These include:

  • Android Silver is rumored to be the high-end replacement for the Nexus line. The only release date speculated is February 2015, so its possible that a prototype could be teased.
  • Google Glass is finally openly available, so it is possible that additional announcements could be released.
  • Nest is the smart home device company that Google acquired in January, and with Apple announcing a HomeKit, it makes sense that some kind of announcement will come. 
  • The future of Google+

The eyes of all Android app development firms will be on Google this week to see how their processes will change in the years to come.

Featured Projects


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.

Kaazing is laying the foundations for the Web of tomorrow—one built on real‐time, low‐latency communications between millions of concurrent users. In the Proof of Concept demonstration, the Eikos web‐based client connects directly to an enterprise Message Delivery Network. This radical new architecture scales to far more web clients with significantly fewer server resources. There’s no special software to install for this to happen—just a JavaScript‐enabled web browser.

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.

Corporate CV


Managing Partners


Brian Slater

Brian has extensive knowledge of the financial markets and the application of technology to it. He was responsible for systems and infrastructure for the Capital Markets and Investment Banking areas of Chemical Bank, and later Chase Manhattan Bank. He was accountable for all facets of IT services, including financial management. more...

David Lattimore-Gay

David has had an extensive career in providing innovative technology solutions to the volatile business areas of the financial industry. He has developed a well-defined process for matching the pace of change that provides flexibility that increases ROI, and identifies and manages risk of the entire program. more...

Brian Slater

Brian has extensive knowledge of the financial markets and the application of technology to it. He was responsible for systems and infrastructure for the Capital Markets and Investment Banking areas of Chemical Bank, and later Chase Manhattan Bank. He was accountable for all facets of IT services to the business, including financial management.

During his career he had major roles in the building and managing of:

  • Front, mid and Back-Office systems for all asset classes, cash and derivative.
  • Global Risk Management systems for Market and Credit.
  • Global Infrastructure covering server centers, networks, desktops, applications and information services delivery and support.
  • Global Application Architecture, including SOA and enterprise messaging.
  • Trading Floor & Investment Bank technology, distribution systems, and services for over 4000 global seats
  • Transparent cost allocation to the seat level.
  • Merger Program Management.

In 2001 he formed Slater Associates, which provides consulting support to tier 1 global financial services firms. Brian has well-developed connections across financial institutions and the firms that service and sell to them. The firm’s projects include:

  • Cost Management program for market data services and infrastructure for a major global brokerage.
  • Strategy development for information distribution for a major market information provider.
  • Product definition, packaging and distribution channel selection & negotiation for a major financial intermediary.
  • Organizational analysis of IT structure at a global Investment Bank.
  • Vertical Market Strategy Development for the Banking Industry, for a major technology and services firm. Building a customer driven product strategy for a major software provider to the derivatives market.
Brian also runs an organization for 20 Global Financial Institutions to interact and exchange experiences and information on current issues affecting IT in the wholesale businesses.

David Lattimore-Gay

David has had an extensive career in providing innovative technology solutions to the volatile business areas of the financial industry. He has developed a well-defined process for matching the pace of change that provides flexibility that increases ROI, and identifies and manages risk of the entire program. Throughout his career he has been at the forefront of technology, being a leader in the application of object- oriented design, and agile development to real-world business problems.

His business knowledge covers numerous areas;

  • SOA and messaging architectures,
  • Derivatives Trading,
  • Cross-Product Straight Through Exception-based Processing
  • Credit Derivatives
  • Hedge Fund Trade Processing

David was a partner in a major consulting firm serving the financial industry, its clients being a complete cross-section of top tier firms. Prior to that he had worked at several investment banks utilizing leading edge technologies.

David holds a BSc. in Mathematics from Manchester University in England.

David has a well developed understanding of the linkages between the stages of any program and how to manage the risks that are inherent to any major IT effort, particularly ones of strategic impact on a firm. Achievement over the years are:

  • Credit Derivatives Trading System for a Hedge Fund
  • Cross Product Trading/Risk System for a Hedge Fund
  • Development of a front-office, middle and back-office trading services systems platform for a major Hedge Fund service provider.
  • Developed a SOA- based migration plan for the Trades, Settlement, Positions & Balances area of a major Investment Bank.
  • Delivery of a global, multi-tiered, global pricing and netting system for cross-product credit risk, for one of the major derivative trading firms.

Strategic Partners


InFront Consulting

infront Consulting Group is an IT consulting organization that specializes in Microsoft System Center technologies more...

Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. more...

Numerix LLC

Numerix is the leading independent analytics provider for derivatives and structured products, enabling the structuring, pre-trade pricing, valuation and management of even the most complex deals. more...

Kaazing Corporation

Founded by application server professionals dedicated to enabling the real-time Web, Kaazing is to traditional application servers what application servers were to the client-server solution. more...


InFront Consulting

infront Consulting Group is an IT consulting organization that specializes in Microsoft System Center technologies. This includes the architectural design, implementation, configuration, optimization, and on-going support and training of the Microsoft System Center suite. Infront’s expertise in large enterprise environments allows organizations to quickly and effectively implement and integrate Microsoft System Center technologies, accelerating our customers Return on Investment.


Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft Corporation is engaged in developing, licensing and supporting a range of software products and services. The Company also designs and sells hardware, and delivers online advertising to the customers.

It operates in five segments: Windows & Windows Live Division (Windows Division), Server and Tools, Online Services Division (OSD), Microsoft Business Division (MBD), and Entertainment and Devices Division (EDD).

The Company’s products include operating systems for personal computers (PCs), servers, phones, and other intelligent devices; server applications for distributed computing environments; productivity applications; business solution applications; desktop and server management tools; software development tools; video games, and online advertising.

It also designs and sells hardware, including the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment console and Xbox 360 accessories. Its cloud-based computing services include Bing and Windows Live Essentials suite.

For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at microsoft.com/news.


Numerix LLC

The Market Standard for Cross-Asset Pricing Analytics

Numerix is the leading independent analytics provider for derivatives and structured products, enabling the structuring, pre-trade pricing, valuation and management of even the most complex deals. We support all major asset classes, including fixed income, inflation, credit, equity, foreign exchange and commodity instruments, as well as hybrids (a unique feature of Numerix).

Support for Both Exotic and Vanilla Deals

Numerix’s object-oriented architecture provides users the fundamental “building blocks” to structure and value any conceivable type of financial instrument — from vanillas to the most complex deals. Powering this flexible analytics platform is the industry’s most comprehensive library of market-standard models and custom-built numerical methods.

Analytics Solutions for a Wide Range of Needs

Numerix offers the expertise to meet a broad range of needs, whether you’re handling just a few trades or the world’s most complex derivative portfolio. Numerix solutions allow clients to achieve the independence and accountability needed to implement a sound and consistent valuation process.

Through the Numerix ‘Analytic’ Straight-Through-Processing (ASTP) model, clients can apply Numerix analytics solutions to their front-office applications, and seamlessly integrate Numerix with their existing middle- and back-office systems.

This front-to-back capability enables increased system interoperability and STP of derivatives products, bringing much-needed procedural consistency to the portfolio and model valuation process.

Empowering our Partners and the Market

The power and flexibility of the Numerix platform has led to over 50 partnerships with leading technology providers from around the world, forming the industry’s most robust partner ecosystem for derivatives and structured products and making Numerix the market standard when it comes to cross-asset analytics.

Many of the top trading and risk platforms used by today’s financial institutions and corporate treasuries have embedded the Numerix model library and pricing architecture inside their systems. This allows us to offer a consistent pricing framework that spans a wide range of standard technology platforms, fostering transparency throughout the derivatives market.

A Global Presence

More than 400 financial institutions and 45 partners across 25 countries rely on Numerix analytics for speed and accuracy in valuing and managing the most sophisticated financial instruments. Founded in 1996, Numerix has offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, bringing together unparalleled expertise across all asset classes and engineering disciplines.

More information can be found about Numerix at numerix.com


Kaazing Corporation

From Application Servers to Kaazing

Founded by application server professionals dedicated to enabling the real-time Web, Kaazing is to traditional application servers what application servers were to the client-server solution.

The Kaazing team is pushing the boundaries of web application development and deployment by making massively scalable, real-time two-way web applications reliable and affordable.

Kaazing’s Mission

Kaazing’s mission is is to enable companies to develop and deploy dynamic, real-time applications over the Web. Kaazing’s business strategy is to deliver superior quality, the fastest, most scalable and flexible full-duplex real-time Web communication solution available.

More information can be found about Kaazing at kaazing.com


Wordlflow Limited

Worldflow is a delivery driven consulting and software company focused solely on the finance sector. We have successfully managed and implemented many projects for Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers and built a strong reputation for delivering complex projects in a pragmatic, cost effective and timely manner.

Worldflow is an entrepreneurial and rapid-turnaround solutions partner, with a ‘hands on’ reputation across all areas of finance and banking, whose aim is to help create greater market transparency, improve controls and stay at the forefront of development in the electronic financial markets.

Worldflow services have been developed to address needs arising from market changes (e.g. consolidation), regulatory directives (risk and data management), and operational effectiveness (control).

More information can be found about Worldflow at worldflow.net

Our Services



Assessments and Peer Reviews

Project Management

Infrastructure Management

Architecture Reviews

Product Builds

Custom Development

Legacy Strategy + Application Portfolio Management

Assessments and Peer Reviews

We are able to provide assessments covering all areas of the infrastructure and applications organization plus its relationships with the business. We use a proven process to evaluate the current situation, its strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement.

Our findings can include a peer analysis to provide our clients with benchmarks and best practices. Using this information we are able to produce short, medium and long term action plans with associated costs and benefits, plus options and decisions that can be made in order to satisfy the business requirements.

Our approach can be tailored to individual product areas/lines of business, or individual parts of the organization. Reviews can cover technology areas including package software, operational areas and business areas (Fixed Income, Credit and Market Risk, Hedge Funds).

Legacy Strategy + Application Portfolio Management

We are able to provide a service designed to assist technology organizations understand their current application portfolio and build a multi-year plan to fit the business model going forward. Using extensive merger experience, we have developed a process to assess the systems environment against current and future business requirements to decide on the correct approach for the applications/infrastructure. This would include a buy/hold/sell assessment as well as the recommended approach for implementation including a cost/benefit analysis and ROI models. We also have a deep understanding of the issues that need to be addressed in installing new business solutions within the existing systems environment.

Project Management

We have extensive experience in implementing project management techniques focusing on establishing the factors having the most impact and highest risk, plus their key dependencies. We use proven methods to enable projects to be managed successfully with right level of communication to both the business and IT at the highest level.

Our services can be utilized at the individual project level or across large global projects. We have knowledge about the local markets as far as technology use plus a very good understanding of the critical factors required ensuring global applications are implemented successfully and as importantly continue to run efficiently.

Infrastructure Management

We are able to provide services that would enable IT organizations enhance their infrastructure environments. We have extensive experience in dealing with CEO/line of business management plus heavy vendor management experience covering all facets of infrastructure. This includes tools, methods, process, transparent costing and service levels, use of market data, and technology base. We can provide �stand in �assistance across the various organization levels including managing the overall process.

Architecture Reviews

Closely aligned with application portfolio management/legacy strategy is the ability to do thorough architecture reviews of the technology base and its alignment with the business model. In offering this service we bring to the table experienced individuals in the use of messaging and XML, Modeling, SOA, and BPM plus a process and tools to enable effective development including the use of agile onshore/offshore techniques.

Product Builds

We provide services that enable a business to outsource the building of a software product or an ASP service. We use an agile methodology that has been modified so that it works for doing dual shore development using our Panamanian facility. This methodology allows us to provide a reliable product quickly at a reasonable cost. We are currently employing this approach in the hedge fund services and bond trading areas.

Custom Development

We can provide a team of expert software engineers that can provide custom development services for a specific project. This team can be located on client site or can be a blend of on-site and off-site resources. The engagements can be run using our agile methodology or they can use more conventional approaches. The team can work next to the client�s people under the client�s management or they can function in a more stand-alone manner depending on the client�s needs.

Contact Information



Our New York office is easily accessible from major subway hubs: Grand Central Station, Times Square, and 42 Street Bryant Park. The office is located on West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue.


28 West 44th Street

Suite 1020

New York, NY 10036

Tel: 1.646.490.9848

Fax: 1.917.525.4339

info@eikospartners.com

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Grand Central Station

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42nd Street Bryant Park

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