Tim: “Lab49 are you listening?”

So a while ago Tim blogged “Lab49 are you listening?” Given that Tim’s posting was on the topic of Microsoft’s recently announced News Reader SDK, I’m expecting to see quite a few Lab49 WPF in Finance Innovation Contest applications based on the SDK ๐Ÿ™‚ – possilbe a sure way to win a prize?

Further to Tim’s question, I’d actually counter with the question “Microsoft are you listening?” From where I sit in the buy/sell side Microosft still doesn’t get finance. In my view Microsoft should do the follow:

  • Buy Lightstreamer and replace the server technology with .NET ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Offer panoption a substantial amount of money to build Silverlight versions of there visualization controls.
  • Consider engaging a company/individual ๐Ÿ˜‰ to build an on-line financial trading and web-delivery platform that can be market’d to the finanial community.
  • To counter BEA’s Event Server, Microsoft should apply the same pattern to NEsper and offer a CEP engine – or even better build a CEP engine on LINQ.

Just my 2 cents ๐Ÿ™‚


~ by mdavey on January 31, 2008.

6 Responses to “Tim: “Lab49 are you listening?””

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  2. >> From where I sit in the buy/sell side Microsoft still doesnโ€™t get finance <<


  3. I would also certainly add buying a messaging vendor that do real pub/sub messaging multicastbased (eg Tibco or similar) or develop something on their own in that space. Low latency high performance messaging. They dont really grasp the messaging and latency and perfomance needs.

  4. Well, how many licenses of a CEP engine will MS be able to sell? I just don’t think it’s up their street at all. Stick with kx, streambase, vhayu, whatever. They are all pretty tiny firms. Without over dramatising, I bet Microsoft spend more on sandwiches and diet coke in a year than the market cap of these firms. And apart from a genuine HR based acquisition these firms will not be on the MS radar (as I understand their M&A policies)

  5. One other thing – ask MS how many licenses of Bloomberg Professional and Reuters Xtra 3000 they have?

    Answer: Zero.

    So, how do they test RTD and DDE functions? With in house test harnesses. No wonder RTD is so ropey!

    And yes, I have raise this with Excel Product Management at MS. Never made any progress there….

  6. Heaven Forbid MS or any WPF or Silverlight ever enters the financial ‘market’.

    You guys really don’t have a clue what you are up against, and frankly I am surprised to see you are in business at all.

    It is a totally wrong focus, hedge funds eat alive this sort of child play with graphics,kx or CEP.. you better find out what’s out there or it will lead you to a disaster dilusion.

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