Sybases Risk Analytics Platform Targets Capital Markets

By Theresa Carey  |  Posted 2005-05-24 Print this article Print

Driven by the growth in electronic trading, which is characterized by low margins, Sybase has designed its Risk Analytics Platform specifically for supporting trading applications in the capital markets.

Sybase announced Monday the general availability of the Sybase Risk Analytics Platform, a risk management solution designed specifically for applications in capital markets. Driven by the growth in electronic trading, characterized by low margins, Sybase Inc. has designed this solution specifically for supporting trading applications in the capital markets. The platform is composed of three interlocking software products, which work together to feed trade data into user-selected models.
The first piece is Sybase IQ, an analytical database, which can store massive quantities of market data while enabling fast queries.
The second piece is an optimized data model that describes each unique capital market data instance. "Our data model differentiates our solution because it accurately describes the capital market," says Ian Warfard, director of the financial solutions group at Sybase. The top level of the platform is Sybases Power Designer, which lets users extend the model and manage the operation of the Sybase IQ database and data model. The platform ships with it a number of sample trade and quote queries that automate several algorithmic trading models, such as VWAP (volume weighted average pricing) and TWAP (time-weighted average pricing). Warfard says that Sybases customers are demanding the ability to store historical trade data. The Sybase Risk Analytics Platform consolidates multiple products and data feeds and puts them in a single repository. Warfard notes, "What were doing is providing as part of our Risk Analytics platform the ability to consolidate all those silos of information into a single repository." Dean Marchetti, director of engineering at Sybase, says, "With Sybase Risk Analytics Platform, we deliver a unique consolidated risk and trade data repository that is actually capable of capturing and consolidating volumes of real-time market data and deep historical data to support more effective, near real-time trading analytics. This allows our customers to spot trends and opportunities buried in the data and act on them ahead of the competition." Many capital markets customers worldwide currently use Sybase IQ as the engine to support their risk analytics and trading solutions, including eSpeed, Millennium Partners, Citigroup and ITG (Investment Technology Group Inc.). "As data volumes continue to increase at an almost exponential rate, it is imperative for financial sector companies to rethink their risk management solutions. As data speeds up and as more trading is done from the client site, firms need better ways to understand exposure, improve investment capital returns and remain competitive," said Larry Tabb, founder and CEO of The Tabb Group. Read the full story on Sybases Risk Analytics Platform Targets Capital Markets Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on financial applications and services for the enterprise and small businesses.
Theresa is the Editor of's Finance Industry Center. She's been writing about financial technology issues since 1990 for a wide variety of publications, including PC Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, and Fortune Small Business. She is also a Contributing Editor to Barron's and writes their 'Electronic Investor' column.

Theresa received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. from the University of Santa Clara. She also has a private pilot's license. When she's not at her computer, she coaches a local high school volleyball team, plays softball and volleyball, and takes part in many Cal Alumni Band events. She lives in Northern California.


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