Protect your Business and Trading Floor from “End of Life”

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The requirement for service and maintenance support on “End of Life” (EoL) or “End of Support” (EoS) legacy trader voice (Etrali, IPC and BT) turret platforms is becoming a matter of urgency for many companies with trading floors, as they rush to evaluate the risk to their business from relying on EoL systems and their associated turrets or dealerboards.

Companies in the Financial Markets (investment banks, asset managers, brokers or hedge funds) are also considering what changes are needed to their current systems to stay compliant with regulations such as the upcoming MIFID II.

Businesses also need to consider the disruption, risk and cost of replacing IPC Alliance, Etrali Etradeal, BT ITS or Reuters dealerboard systems to their organisations.

What dealerboard/turret platforms are End of Life?
Voice communications between traders and their clients still sits at the heart of global financial markets, despite the trend towards electronic trading, nevertheless over the last few years we have seen the departure and consolidation of Trader Voice vendors in the financial marketplace, as well as an increasing number of companies delaying the move to more modern technology, leaving trading floor operations at risk.

Here’s a list of just some of the dealerboard systems approaching or already EoL:

Vendor System / Dealerboard
IPC Systems IPC Tradenet MX system – Slimline turrets
IPC Tradenet MX 100 / 200 / 300 systems
IPC Alliance MX systems – Slimline, IQMX, IQ/MAX, IQMicro & IQMini turrets
Etrali Systems Etradeal – Mach1, Mach2 & Mach3D turrets
Opentrade – Compact & Evolution turrets
BT – British Telecom Group BT ITS P31. BT ITS P41, BT ITS P51, BT ITS P107 systems, – pV405 turrets
Reuters Reuters DK2000 systems – KDW turrets

What can I do to reduce the risk to voice trading operations?

There’s a couple of options available for clients looking to replace these aging trader voice systems:

1. Consultancy Process 2. Engage with a specialist trader voice firm

One potential solution to this challenge could be to start a consultancy process.

This forms an extensive evaluation of your traders current and future requirements. Based on this information a “Request For Information” RFI, or “Request For Pricing” RFP or even both are created for trader voice solution providers to answer focusing on their proposed solutions.

In some cases, this can be a very useful procedure, but can also be time and resource consuming and not always cost effective.

The process can often be less efficient than engaging directly with select Fintech technologists to deliver the clients own trading groups objectives.

Another solution to this “End of Support” or “End of Life” challenge is to engage with a specialist trader voice firm.

They will evaluate current and future requirements while supporting and maintaining your old trader voice system.

When looking at this option the vendor must ensure trading continuity, reliability and a smooth transition – minimising any disruption and risk to the traders and business.

If you choose to engage with a specialist trader voice firm, this is the typical step by step process:

  1. Evaluation of your current and future requirements
  2. Maintain support and maintenance for old trader voice systems
  3. Migrate to new trader voice solution, trading desk by trading desk
  4. Option to choose either CapEx or Rental payments
  5. Determine the timescale which are best for the business in terms of risk and cost-effectiveness

We can help, let’s talk
A lot has changed in recent years regarding the support of such equipment, which has presented the opportunity for us to offer companies like yours the benefit of extending their maintenance and support with Speakerbus whilst allowing time for evaluation and migration to a virtualised soft or hard turret at the pace your business requires.

Contact our local representatives to learn more.

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