- Arcontech has outlined its strategy for 'adapter' technology to support flexibility and increase customer choice of data vendor, technology provider and architecture.

Arcontech is the supplier of 'CityVision', a leading vendor-independent real-time market data distribution, contribution and cross-platform connectivity software. Head of CityVision sales for Arcontech, Chandra Dass, asked some thought provoking questions at the FISD conference in Tokyo last month.

Dass also outlined the strategy for two-way adapters to provide the answers that many firms are looking for. A major programme, in response to market feedback, has resulted in several significant enhancements to CityVision.

Firstly, the core platform is now available on the operating systems typically prevalent in major banks and brokers - namely Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris X86 and Linux.

Secondly, adapter development now provides a flexible framework for integration at both the client and server level for direct feeds, RMDS, Bloomberg and Tibco RV.

It also means that applications written using the CityVision API can run with little or no change in different environments, greatly reducing redevelopment costs.

Thirdly, configuration has been increasingly automated, reducing time and complexity for component roll-out.

Finally, detailed user-features and interoperation capability such as Open DACS integration and 'compatibility modes' provide for migration paths which reduce or eliminate cost and risk of change.

Managing director Andrew Miller said: "In simple terms, this means CityVision components make interoperability between major technologies and environments within existing market data infrastructures easier and more powerful, enabling clients to realise true choice and benefit from vendor replacement strategies."

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