The article around the app BRKIMPORT highlights the issues faced by organisations who receive data feeds from their brokers and/or trading terminals. Transforming the raw trading data into something that is understood by ITAS has traditionally been a mixture of manual and development effort. Each broker and/or system will have their own style and coding so, either data is manually transformed prior to upload to ITAS, or the transformation is built into logic in BRKIMPORT.
Many brokers/services offer electronic connectivity options to either retrieve a data file (FTP) or the trade data itself (API). The main challenge in these scenarios is instigating the call and typically this would, again, be an ITAS-developed process, either triggered manually or on batch.
Enterprise organisations have other tools at their disposal. By adopting an Integration Platform (or an equivalent middleware architecture) it is possible to breakdown the two principle activities; (i) downloading the data from the broker, and (ii) uploading the data to ITAS. Transformation and monitoring activities are effectively brought in-house and the workflow allows automated straight-through processing, often cutting down hours of manual input.
* if possible the ability to link an outgoing 'order' to a physical contract would be of major benefit to aid identification