ACI Singapore

ACI Singapore

Our man in Singapore, Randy Hebert, and I were among the 700 or so delegates that attended the 52nd ACI World Congress which was held in the Marina Bay Sands Conference Centre, Singapore from March 14-16.

Much has changed since the ACI World Congress was last held in Singapore in 2001, when Singapore also had the unique privilege of hosting the first World Congress of the new millennia, in particular the growth and increased significance of Asia to the World economy. It is now estimated that Asia, and especially the People’s Republic of China accounts for over 60% of global growth.

Caplin clients at the ACI event included Standard Bank and Citi VelocityCaplin Trader was featured at the Progress Apama booth giving delegates the opportunity to see a complete e-commerce solution with Apama providing aggregation & rate management with Caplin Trader for client distribution.

The conference featured presentations on topics such as the future of banking in Asia, financial regulation, and the impact of China and the rest of Asia on the financial markets.  Continue reading

Internet Trends Update from Mary Meeker

If you haven’t seen it yet, there is an updated internet trends presentation on the KPCB website.

IMHO, most interesting is the chart of internet traffic in India (page 16), where mobile is now the predominant internet access method. The infrastructure costs of a wireless vs wired distribution favour wireless. If the relative cost savings are passed on this will promote mobile internet access and increased demand for functionally rich smartphones to facilitate that access. So the observed trend towards mobile access will continue, not just for India but for all countries where wireless is cheaper/easier to access.

India Internet Traffic

And what are the actual mobiles being used? StatCounter  has the stats – as per the following chart. Nokia is still very popular as in Africa but using Series 40 phones and the Nokia browser but the chart shows that Android market share is increasing.

India - Mobile OS

Compare this to the results in China, where the predominant mobile OS is Android. And then look at the Android growth in the original KPCB presentation on page 10 – growth is nearly 6 times that of the iPhone! If the unit cost of Android smartphones remains lower than the iPhone, I expect this trend to remain not just for China but for many other geographies which is why the global trend towards Android phones will continue – have a look at StatCounter for the figures. From a software development perspective delivering solutions to many different platforms/operating systems, one more reason to deliver native web apps.

Mobile OS in China

Who were the UX designers behind Morgan Stanley’s Matrix platform?

It’s been nearly three years since Morgan Stanley first launched their ‘game changing’ (in cost, team size and scope) Matrix single dealer platform.

Although Caplin weren’t involved in the project, it’s interesting nonetheless to understand who were the User eXperience (UX) design consultants behind the innovative platforms vision – as distinct from the technical delivery and build team consultants.

From what we can see, Continue reading

RBC new single dealer platform DirectExecution (RBCDX)

RBC is rolling out their new single dealer platform, ‘RBC DirectExecution’ (RBCDX), aimed at their corporate and real-money institutional clients.

The platform, commissioned over three years ago has Continue reading

BNP single dealer platform CORTEX FX – now released!

BNP Paribas has now officially released their new ‘Silverlight’ single dealer platform CORTEX FX.

The microsite offers plenty of video’s and insight into the platform, with key features being: Continue reading

Bret Victor uncovers the evils of interaction design

Over on Coding the Markets there is an interesting discussion around Bret Victor and his treatise on UI design ‘Magic Ink‘ from (2006) where he uncovers the evils of interaction design

Also if you haven’t seen this more recent video from Bret – you should:

In fact we liked the video so much we ran it as a Techtalk within Caplin 🙂

More on this topic is available on Caplin’s technology focused blog Platformability

Is Google about to kill Firefox?

Online trading offerings, and single-dealer platforms in particular, rely heavily on modern browser functionality to enable them to deliver a great experience to users. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browsers have long been a drag on progress in this area, since their functionality and performance have lagged far behind their competitors. So IE’s recent spectacular loss of market share is a crucial trend. It has two important competitors (on the desktop, at least): Firefox and, more recently, Google Chrome.

Chrome has achieved stunning success since it was launched just two years ago. It has rocketed from zero to nearly 24% of overall browser use, and is on the point of overtaking Firefox as the world’s second most widely-used browser (according to a recent ComputerWorld report). Continue reading