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Market Liquidity Analysis (MLA) Video June 12, 2008

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I added a video of the Aleri MLA tool on Lab49’s website here.

CEP Partners @ SIFMA June 12, 2008

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I spent some time with our CEP friends at SIFMA this week – lots of new stuff going on…

Aleri – their booth was BUZZING over the last few days, mainly due to the very cool (Lab49 built) user interface for the Market Liquidity Analysis (MLA) tool. I spoke to a lot of partners, reporters and client prospects about this, almost all of whom were really excited and impressed by the offering. Aleri also have a number of feature upgrades.

Apama announced version 4.0 that vastly improves latency, and some new offerings including a deal with NYSE Euronext’s Advanced Trading Solutions group to provide their algo platform as a hosted offering. They also announced a port to Solaris 10, and a new “real-time pricing accelerator”. Just as important, Apama had an open bar at the conference – those beers were needed late in the afternoon..

Coral8 – also announced a packaged offering with Wombat (ie NYSE Euronext ATS), and also got a nice client announcement in the form of market surveillance for LiquidNet.

Oracle – spoke to the folks at Oracle about their new combined Oracle-BEA offering that incorporates the Oracle Continuous Query language (CQL), the BEA Weblogic Event Server java container, Coherence for Distributed Cache, plus some new graphical improvements on the IDE front (finally!) and High Availability (HA) story. Clearly, an enterprise / scalability play.

Streambase announced their new 6.0 version with an improved development & testing environment that now includes the ability debug CEP code through breakpoints, and support for unit testing (we got a demo and it is very cool). This should really help those nasty synchronization timing problems we have seen with presenting market data and complex derived data simultaneously to the user. Streambase are also narrowing their industry focus down to FS and Federal verticals, hiring more domain experts and refreshing their executive team. Good news all around.

NYSE Euronext is .. June 9, 2008

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Ken Barnes of Wombat discusses NYSE’s Advanced Trading Solutions

 

Mingle April 15, 2008

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One of our guys just downloaded the latest version of Mingle, the project collaboration software from Thoughtworks. On initial inspection it seems to provide a nice visual interface to specify and layout features, tasks, etc for different views of the product and iteration backlogs (including a Card Tree for laying out cards in what looks like an org chart). It also supports some pretty slick (and configurable) burndown charting for whatever data you are interested in, and has a wiki for documentation. It seems to be striking a decent balance between developer collaboration and management reporting.

One feature in particular that looks really useful is an interactive online version of a card wall.  Not only is this customizable, but it can total up work effort per swimlane (which is what used to pain me when we used to use real cards & pinboards). Pretty cool stuff.

Will be interesting to see what others think of this compared to XPlanner, etc, and whether people will pay for it (it costs for projects with more than 5 people). What do people think of this compared to other “paid-for” offerings from vendors such as VersionOne and Rally ? On initial glance, it looks very functional and seems to be very flexible.

Lab49 CEP Podcast – Part V April 15, 2008

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The fifth installment of the CEP podcast series has been posted here and on the Lab49 website. This is the third and final part of the interview I did with Daniel Chait of Lab49 and Brad Bailey of the Aite Group.

All of these CEP podcasts and other audio/video sessions we have recorded can be found on the Lab49 website at: http://www.lab49.com/insidethelab/audiovideo

Lab49 CEP Podcast – Part IV April 1, 2008

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The fourth installment of the CEP Podcast series has been posted here. This podcast is the second part of the interview I conducted with Brad Bailey of the Aite Group and Daniel Chait of Lab49. In this part we are continuing to discuss the challenges facing capital markets firms and how CEP provides an opportunity to manage these market challenges in new ways.

All of these CEP episodes, and other  podcasts we have done can be found at http://www.lab49.com/insidethelab/audiovideo

Bear Energy April 1, 2008

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Did you know that Bear Stearns has an entire energy business, Bear Energy ? Not just trading natural gas on the financial markets, etc, but actually OWNS a powerplant ! Its trading business therefore supports its physical energy business (by buying/selling natural gas to power their powerplant, and trading the power itself). The business is built on the back of Bear’s acquisition of Williams in 2006.

UBS doubles sub-prime writedowns April 1, 2008

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(Not an April Fool’s joke). “Swiss financial giant UBS has reported that its writedowns as a result of the sub-prime crisis have more than doubled to about $37bn (£18.5bn)”. Article here. I wonder how much more has yet to unwind.

Great British Venn (Euler) Diagram March 18, 2008

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OK… this is for all of my American friends who still need to figure out a) whether I am Scottish, British or a United Kingdom citizen, b) what NOT to call me!

 

Extreme Visualizations – MoMA Exhibition March 17, 2008

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I went to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) yesterday to see their new exhibition, Design and The Elastic Mind. This exhibition has a vast array of really cool concepts and visualizations that is absolutely fascinating. From “Extreme Visualizations” to “Mapping The Internet” to “Nanofracture”, they did a nice job of presenting how modern design and technology impacts our lives in many different ways. For example, the Nanofracture section demonstrated the advances in nanotechnology in terms of design of modern structures and materials, as well as the modeling of the human brain. They even had a design section of how origami can be used to model everything from DNA to a Fresnel Lens used in space telescopes. There were also various static and dynamic visualizations of global internet traffic & telephony around the world and in/out of New York (see pictures on New York Talk Exchange), as well as a model of all the flights in the sky across North America in a 24hr period. All in all, a very creative and insightful exhibit that beautifully marries design, art, engineering and computational power. Most of the exhibits are online at the URL above.

Bear Stearns Gets Emergency Funds From JPMorgan, Fed March 14, 2008

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Here

More Lab49 Reports: Mix08 March 11, 2008

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Daniel finished up his coverage of Mix08 in Las Vegas last week by posting some other podcasts:

  • Guy Kawasaki – Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures – Technology evangelist, entrepreneur, Apple Fellow, author of over eight books and frequent technology consultant, Guy shared his thoughts with Daniel about RSS feeds and how competition in software companies has moved beyond operating systems.
  • Eric Zocher – Microsoft’s General Manager for Design Tools – Eric discussed with Daniel what makes Microsoft’s Expression such a great tool; his thoughts on Microsoft’s importance to the web, and how a user can adapt to Expression when coming from backgrounds with other suites.
  • Robert Scoble – tech-head, super-blogger of Scobleizer fame and the host of two new online shows at Fast Company – Robert discusses Microsoft’s relevance on the internet, quick and dirty vlogging procedures, and how aesthetics now play a part in what hardware people choose.

Quick Burndown Chart Update March 7, 2008

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In a previous posting, I mentioned that we had been using Google spreadsheets to track iteration backlogs and to create burndown charts for our agile projects. At the same time, we had been using our wiki for capturing all project-related risks, issues, dependencies, decisions, designs and documentation. Well, the good folks at Google now allow chart publishing (to a URL) such that we can now keep our burndowns “live” in the project wiki for clients to see. All I need to do now is find the right confluence plug-in to allow me to keep a live product backlog in the wiki (Google also allows spreadsheets and cell/named regions  to be published to URLs in various formats).

Lab49 CEP Podcast – Part III March 7, 2008

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The third installment of the CEP Podcast series has been posted here. This podcast is the first part of the interview I conducted with Brad Bailey of the Aite Group and Daniel Chait of Lab49. In the interview we discussed many of the market, client and technology trends that are driving the CEP marketplace. The second and third parts of the interview will be posted in the next week or two.

Lab Reports: Mix08 in Vegas March 7, 2008

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Lab49’s Daniel Chait has been busy at Mix08 in Las Vegas checking out the latest from Microsoft. In conjunction with Zoom In Online, he is blogging his observations and has posted a number of interviews he has recorded (so far) with Christian Schorman (Director of Program Management for Microsoft Expression), Anson Tsao (Senior Program Manager for WPF), Bernardo Castilho, (Chief Technology Officer of ComponentOne).