IPC app development programme unveiled for trading comms

15 May 2013

IPC Systems unveiled a new app development partner programme for its Unigy trading communications platform. The Affinity Partner Programme (APP) is an attempt to provide a framework for solution vendors and customers to develop collaboration and trading workflow applications using IPC’s Blue Wave development platform for Unigy.

The APP is an open development environment says IPC, which is sharing its application processing interface (API). It is intended to allow the integration of communications, building on the vendor’s historical strength in the turret area, communications data and speech analytics to enhance traders’ business processes, workflow and compliance. Participants in the app development programme can develop tools for traders and customised applications for niche financial markets.

IPC already offers or has in development a variety of Unigy Blue Wave-based apps such as integration with Microsoft Lync and SalesForce.com, as well as mobile applications for Apple’s iOS.

Participants in the programme will have access to a full suite of tools and services, including a software development kit, as well as what is described as a virtual ‘sandbox’ test environment. In addition, participants will have access to dedicated support and the APP portal, a web-based solution centre.

“The financial industry is moving toward a model favouring more open and integrated systems and IPC’s Affinity Partner Programme opens the door for market leading vendors to fully leverage the openness of the Unigy platform to develop innovative and powerful applications,” claims Mark Miller, vice president for product management at IPC. “This move toward open systems is already helping to revolutionise the capital markets industry and the possibilities for development are almost endless: from applications that integrate with proprietary systems to give customers a competitive advantage, to those that integrate voice recognition with sentiment analysis to provide a real-time view into market and trading dynamics.”

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