New York, NY, March 16, 2018 — Risk Focus, the specialist provider of trading, regulatory, and risk services, announced today that its APIX™ product is the engine that powers Xignite Inc.’s CloudAddin, a Microsoft® Excel Add-In, specifically designed for Excel power users, application developers and data scientists. APIX™-powered Xignite CloudAddIn lets analysts, portfolio managers and quants access and integrate streaming real-time, fundamentals and historical financial market data directly into Excel spreadsheets. APIX™ is unique in its ability to dynamically expose enterprise service APIs to Excel® in the form of easy-to-use native functions. APIX™ combined with zero footprint data APIs from Xignite completely eliminates the need to store or manipulate market data on customer site.
Srikant Ganesan, Head of Risk and Trade Solutions at Risk Focus, commented: “CTOs and software groups struggle to make Excel-based applications first class consumers of the data service APIs already being used by the rest of their organizations. They usually have to support custom solutions for their Excel clients that don’t scale well and are difficult to secure and audit; they also require frequent deployments onto the desktop. Despite this, Excel is widely used by every client we work with. We call this ‘the Excel Paradox’ and are pleased that Xignite has selected APIX™ for its CloudAddin so that clients can benefit from the flexibility of Excel, while accessing the models and data they need through secure, scalable, supportable and auditable APIs.”
“The world still runs on Excel and Wall Street is seriously addicted to it,” says Stephane Dubois, CEO and Founder of Xignite. “Most professional and retail investors still use Excel to develop analytical models and drive investment decisions. The financial data needed to feed those models often come from expensive terminals or unstable sources via legacy interfaces or painful and time-consuming manual downloads. By using CloudAddin for seamless access from Excel to the sea of data we have in our Market Data Cloud, our clients can have a consistent market data source across their application stack, and maybe even save the cost of a few terminals in the process.”
Xignite’s new CloudAddin simplifies extracting and integrating financial data. After installing the CloudAddin, users can easily access billions of financial data points from any of Xignite’s 45 APIs, which cover millions of instruments across all asset classes, including equities, ETFs, mutual funds, fixed income, forex, options, futures, and other derivatives. Users can also stream real-time data into Excel via HTTP by simply calling an Excel function.
Risk Focus is a consultancy solving capital markets business problems with technology and insight. We combine business domain knowledge, technology expertise, and disciplined process to ensure the success of the most challenging projects in the industry. Some of the largest exchanges and investment banks operate on systems built by Risk Focus. Our practices include Custom Application Development, Regulatory Reporting & Compliance, DevOps & Cloud, Streaming Architectures, and IT Strategy. We’re a Premier Confluent Systems Integrator and an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with DevOps and Financial Services Competencies. Clients count on us to provide outcomes that advance their objectives on time and on budget.