Industry Insights

Can you have FIX automation without self-service?

Can you have FIX automation without self-service? 1040 585 FixSpec

You may have recently seen myself and Chris (founder of FixSpec) starring…

FIX Onboarding – Does it Have to be THIS Hard?

FIX Onboarding – Does it Have to be THIS Hard? 820 546 FixSpec
Automation and self-service now regularly feature in fix onboarding team’s annual objectives. What this actually means in reality is still quite nebulous and probably remains out of reach for most firms. Paul Whittington asks why onboarding is still so painful and discusses what can be done to tackle some of the common pain-points in the onboarding process.

Do FIX Documents HAVE to be bad?

Do FIX Documents HAVE to be bad? 1440 944 FixSpec
I spend far more time thinking and talking about FIX documentation than… well pretty much anybody I’ve ever met. Despite being an outwardly-boring subject that is just too easy to swat away with objections like…

What’s the difference between FIX and REST APIs?

What’s the difference between FIX and REST APIs? 1440 944 FixSpec
One of the trends that we are seeing with more recent trading venues (which tend to be crypto exchanges), is that they are starting to offer both REST/Websocket and FIX interfaces. You might be asking why have both, and what’s the difference between them?

Is It Too Late To Save FIX?

Is It Too Late To Save FIX? 1440 944 FixSpec
FIX Protocol has undoubtedly been a success story in the industry. When it was launched it was well ahead of its time but as the protocol matures, progress has understandably slowed. At a time when the wider API ecosystem is booming, Chris Lees asks whether the FIX Protocol can remain relevant for the long term.

Five Principles For Better FIX Connectivity

Five Principles For Better FIX Connectivity 1440 944 FixSpec
Many firms that we speak to secretly struggle with FIX connectivity. Much like a duck moving across water, the internal reality of FIX connectivity is often quite different, which is why I suggest that firms secretly struggle with connectivity. For almost a decade, we’ve been talking to firms about what works and what doesn’t, and we’ve distilled these down into five principles for successful FIX connectivity.

Why you should invest in machine-readable API documentation

Why you should invest in machine-readable API documentation 700 459 FixSpec
Machine-readable API documentation is the future. We discuss why firms should invest time to innovate specifications to a point where they are genuinely useful, and why innovation doesn’t mean starting from scratch.

The future of FIX: how electronic blueprints could automate API testing and conformance.

The future of FIX: how electronic blueprints could automate API testing and conformance. 1199 786 FixSpec
This future-focused webinar discussed what FIX could look like in 3-5 years time, how APIs (and crucially documentation) may have to change, and what role automation will play within connectivity teams.

Business continuity in times of crisis – staying “remote” and connected

Business continuity in times of crisis – staying “remote” and connected 1200 786 FixSpec
With the outbreak of COVID-19, firms around the world are looking within to review business continuity plans. In a totally novel landscape, with duration playing an indeterminate role, what are the effects of working from home for business continuity in the long term.

Building efficient conformance: How to get your house in order

Building efficient conformance: How to get your house in order 1224 801 FixSpec
Efficiency is something that all firms aspire to. A universal goal to establish processes, minimise fragmented documentation and make communication clear and consistent. “Getting your house in order” is a simple statement, but often a daunting task.