Buy and Build: exploring the third option

By Katarina Klangby, Director Content Marketing
September 3, 2015
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To buy or not to buy — that is the question in financial technology. Or at least it has been for a very long time. The arguments for building in-house have remained constant and include the need for performance and the quest for differentiation (such as customized trading strategies). At the same time, time-to-market, complexity and – most obviously – cost, were key arguments for buying. But what if there was a third approach: buy and build?

All of the arguments for build and buy respectively still have merit, but we believe that their respective weights have shifted over time, effectively making in-house development an even more exclusive option. The most significant driver behind this shift is the advance of technology and a more flexible approach to trading system design.

High-speed trading connectivity has been a major advantage for the past several years. But as low-latency infrastructures become a mainstream capability, the cost of generating incremental speed has become prohibitive, and market participants are seeking new ways to differentiate their activities.

Firms are seeking to add value to their trading systems, while maintaining the high-speed connectivity they need to remain competitive. To accommodate new capabilities – in the form of pre-trade analytics, risk controls and post-trade clearing intelligence – trading firms across the board are re-evaluating their systems.

A higher level of trading system flexibility based on modern system architecture and the use more open technologies, means that smaller players can start to add unique functionality where before they were constrained by resource to use of vanilla third-party systems with little scope for differentiation.

A modern trading system such as Tbricks by Itiviti allows clients to choose freely from a library of business logic (we call this apps) for a completely customized experience. Combined with access to the source code and the tools required to make changes, we believe that the gap between buying and building is significantly reduced. Indeed, we believe that the classic buy vs. build now includes a highly competitive third option: a combination of the two.

In Itiviti’s whitepaper “Buy and build: A Blueprint for a Modern, Agile Trading System”, we explore approaches for creating a trading platform that is flexible enough to satisfy the changing needs of traders, powerful enough to deliver the analytics that provide better informed trading decisions and fast enough to satisfy client needs for performance and regulator expectations of trade visibility close to real time.

Find the whitepaper here.

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