July 18, 2007

StreamBase rebuts

In my post Monday about Apama, I complained that StreamBase hadn’t offered a rebuttal to some of Apama’s claims. This has now been fixed. 🙂 Bill Hobbib, StreamBase’s VP of Marketing wrote in. Part of what he had to say was the following.

Adapters to Data Feeds

Your blog comment that adapters doesn’t seem like a key competitive differentiator is accurate, and since adapters are so straightforward to develop with StreamBase as part of a customer engagement, we’ve never found adapters to be a key competitive differentiator. The comment by a competitor that their advantage over StreamBase comes from their having developed more adapters suggests they cannot distinguish themselves based on the other functional capabilities that are important to customers. In reality, our speed/performance and scalability are orders of magnitude superior to competitors, as is the speed with which StreamBase applications are developed, deployed, and modified when business needs change. (If it were easy to develop applications with certain competitive systems, then one might assume they would make free evaluation versions of their product available for download from their websites!)

That being said, StreamBase offers adapters to a broad array of data feeds. Most of these are offered out-of-the-box by StreamBase, including the following:
* Financial Market Data: processes data from Reuters® RMDS™ and Reuters Triarch™
* TIBCO® Rendezvous™: converts Rendezvous message into StreamBase tuples and vice versa.
* StreamBase Adapter for JDBC: connects StreamBase to enterprise databases, allowing submission of SQL queries to external resources such as IBM® DB2™, Oracle®, Microsoft® SQLServer™, and Sybase®.
* StreamBase Adapter for JMS: integrates StreamBase with any JMS-compliant message bus.
* StreamBase Adapter for Microsoft Excel™: allows applications to publish data to Excel or read data from Excel.
* StreamBase CSV Adapters: allow applications to read data from, and write data to, comma-separated value (CSV) files.
* StreamBase SMTP adapter: taps into the IP stack on a running system to process live data, converts the IP packets into a TCP data stream, or reads IP packets from captured files.
* StreamBase XML Adapter: streams XML-formatted data records into and out of StreamBase applications

We also can connect to financial exchanges either using our own adapters or through a third-party partnership. Below you’ll find a listing of those.

The “below” part turned out to be

Additional connectivity includes most of the following:


* NYSE – New York Stock Exchange
* AMEX – American Stock Exchange
* US Regional Exchanges – (e.g. Boston, Midwest, Pacific, Philadelphia, Cincinnati)
* Euronext Exchanges – Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon
* Borsa Italiana
* London Stock Exchange
* Deutsche Borse
* Swiss Exchange
* RTS – Russian Trading System Stock Exchange
* Athens Stock Exchange
* Virt-X
* Irish Stock Exchange
* Stockholm
* Oslo
* Copenhagen
* Helsinki
* Madrid
* Vienna
* Luxembourg
* Stuttgart (EUWAX)
* German Regional Markets – Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munchen


* IDEM – Italian Derivatives Market
* Euronext LIFFE – London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange
* LME – London Metal Exchange
* ICE – Intercontinental Exchange
* Euronext Exchanges – including AEX Options, MONEP, MATIF
* MEFF – Spanish Derivatives Market
* NYBOT – New York Board Of Trade – CSCE, FINEX, NYCE, NYFE
* CME – Chicago Mercantile Exchange
* NYMEX – New York Mercantile Exchange
* COMEX – New York Mercantile Exchange
* CBOT – Chicago Board of Trade
* KCBT – Kansas City Board of Trade
* ADEX – Athens Derivatives Exchange
* Euronext Exchanges – including AEX Options, MONEP, MATIF
* MACE – Mid-American Commodity Exchange
* OPRA – Options Price Reporting Authority
* CBOE – Chicago Board Options Exchange
* SIMEX – Singapore Mercantile Exchange
* SFE – Sydney Futures Exchange
* NZFE – New Zealand Futures Exchange
* RTS – Russian Trading System Stock Exchange
* MICEX – Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange
* MGE – Minneapolis Grain Exchange


* Dresdner Frankfurt
* Dresdner Singapore
* Tullett Prebon
* Allied Irish Bank
* Barclays
* Geneva International Bank
* Merita Bank
* OKO Bank
* Sampo
* Saxo Bank
* Trinkaus
* Composite
* Realtime Forex Geneva
* Rada Forex NY
* Khanani & Kallia
* Reems UAE
* HotSpot FXi

I must confess to trouble reconciling this with what I thought was Progress’s claim, namely that StreamBase only had two adapters or so.


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