2017 – Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, Connamara reflects on an exciting year of growth and opportunity.  

New Offices

To accommodate continued growth, Connamara moved into brand new offices this month.  The state-of-the-art space in our longtime headquarters at 200 W. Jackson in the heart of downtown Chicago will  accommodate further expansion of staff.  

Events

Connamara sponsored FIX Trading Community’s Americas Briefing events in both New York and Boston. These events are a great opportunity to keep abreast of the ever evolving FIX protocol and a terrific chance to meet with clients and partners and showcase the latest developments in and around QuickFIX.

QuickFIX

Connamara unveiled new commercial support packages for all versions of QuickFIX. With an ever diminishing number of commercial FIX engines available as a result of consolidation in the marketplace, Connamara responded with service level agreements for QuickFIX that meet the demand for commercial support by industry participants including 24×7 SLAs.  Continuing in this vein, Connamara, in conjunction with industry partner MACD, readied QuickFIX for the sweeping MiFID II requirements that go into effect in 2018.  

FIA Boca & Futures & Options Expo

We attended Futures Industry Association (FIA) events FIA Boca and FIA Futures & Options Expo.  These premier events with representation from all of the major firms in the industry afford a great opportunity to meet with industry partners and to showcase Connamara’s expertise in the futures and derivatives marketplace.  

Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology

The exploding Blockchain/DLT space in capital markets is an exciting new area for Connamara engineering expertise.  The inauguration of bitcoin futures trading on both hometown exchanges, CME and CBOE, has added to the landrush of firms entering the space.  In particular, existing crypto exchanges have sought Connamara’s expertise to optimize their APIs and trade matching.

From startups, to the relatively established OTC exchanges, to professional market-making firms, to related applications for the technology such as clearing and settlement, Connamara is assisting with the adoption of this rapidly spreading innovation.  

2018

With an eventful 2017 drawing to a close, we look forward to an exciting 2018!  

If you would like to hear more about how Connamara can help with your technology plans for the coming year, please contact us at info@connamara.com.

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