Managing the API landscape in a sell-side firm is hard. Customer orders and market data feed into a myriad of internal systems, which in turn connect to other firms, trading venues and post-trade processes.
While FIX is generally the protocol of choice for trading, each interface has its own quirks and limitations. These challenges add up so quickly that we often meet teams who spend all day simply keeping the lights on.
Step 1 is bringing the API documents you have scattered across regions, asset classes and services into a single platform. With this, you'll see the world more clearly and - thanks to improved quality - you can spend less time on support.
Put this platform to work in Step 2, removing manual tasks such as certifying connections. Customer customisation can be captured, too, with machine-readable exports to give to vendors or use for internal testing.
Change API documentation from an unloved chore into a key differentiator.
FixSpec's SpecServer is a platform for viewing, editing and publishing API documents across your firm in a variety of formats, including machine-readable formats ready to be given to vendors or integrated into QA.
SpecServer automatically builds your internal repository of field and message usage, bringing consistency and clarity across your APIs.
Tracking customer requests to update default fields or transform messages is a breeze, swapping technical files for custom specifications is simple, and maintaining and sharing documents with customers is a snap.
Take onboarding out of the dark ages.
FixSpec's Central leverages SpecServer machine-readable specs to automate the labour-intensive onboarding process.
Passively listening to your existing environment in real time, Central validates message traffic against your specifications and tests compliance with certification scenarios. Hours of manual, repetitive, and error-prone log grepping are replaced by a simple button click, freeing you up to focus on impressing your customers.
Central plugs into your existing infrastructure and works seamlessly with FixSpec's SpecServer to deliver an immediate efficiency boost without getting in the way of customer interactions.
Are you customising enough for your customers?
FixSpec's SideKick gives your customers greater visibility and control by putting the power of Central into their hands.
Customers can view and troubleshoot their own messages in your test environments in real time, prepare for conformance, and explore your API documents.
Since one size doesn't fit all, SideKick is enabled on a customer-by-customer basis, letting you create a bespoke customer experience. And since SideKick runs on FixSpec's Central and leverages FixSpec's SpecServer, you always have the same view as your customer should they need any help.