Is your EMS integration as simple as it could be?

In Blog by Abdullah Hiyatt

In the fast-paced world of electronic trading, an effective EMS plays a pivotal role in helping buy-side firms streamline their trading operations, make informed decisions, and swiftly respond to market changes. EMS integration, if done well can be the critical edge that transform a trading desk from being just another player in the competitive financial market to being a market leader, setting new standards of operational efficiency and client service.

A well-integrated EMS can streamline operations, enhance decision-making, and reduce operational risks by offering a centralised and unified view of various trading aspects. In today’s interconnected trading world, a seamless integration with systems like Portfolio or Order Management Systems (P/OMS), or even better, modular services providing risk management, compliance, data and analytics, IBOR, and post-trade functionality is paramount. It not only improves efficiency but also enables traders to adapt swiftly to market changes and deliver superior client services.

For instance, a common challenge arises when an all-in-one investment management platform fails to provide an API to request a credit or limit check, thus resulting in process inefficiencies and potential risk exposure.

However, traditionally, EMS integration with these diverse systems can often be a Herculean task. The issues range from rigid system designs, lack of standardised communication protocols, to complex and costly integration processes. These challenges can significantly hinder a firm’s agility, responsiveness, and ultimately, its performance in the market.

Here’s where THETA’s EMS, Apollo truly takes centre stage. By leveraging a cloud-native, service-based architecture, along with an API-first strategy, Apollo offers an unparalleled degree of flexibility, resilience, and scalability. The cloud-native approach allows for seamless integrations, rapid scaling, efficient and automated resource allocation.

The service-based architecture, coupled with low-code API services, promotes modularisation, enabling firms to swiftly adapt to evolving market conditions and client needs. What’s more, Apollo streamlines and automates the often complex FIX workflow integration and onboarding processes, including data mapping and normalisation. This allows us to focus more on strategic initiatives and less on the operational complexities of systems integration.

One of the key enablers of Apollo’s seamless integration capabilities is the use of REST, WebSocket, and FIX APIs for client-side integrations. These facilitate standardised communication protocols, paving the way for Apollo to interact smoothly with a multitude of systems and platforms. For market-side integrations, Apollo has automated the FIX process, which is the industry standard for market connectivity.

In a dynamic and competitive trading environment, the power of an EMS lies not just in its core capabilities, but also in its ability to integrate seamlessly with other systems and adapt to changing needs. With its cloud-native, service-based architecture and robust API integration capabilities, Apollo is uniquely positioned to help buy-side firms tackle the workflow and data integration challenges and reap the benefits of a fully integrated trading environment.