News

Interview with Stephane Dubois of Xignite for API World 2015 Conference

Xignite

Dev Network Stephane Dubois Xignite API

Xignite, Inc. is the leading provider of market data cloud solutions. Xignite makes sourcing and integratingreal-time and reference market data into apps and devices easy and more cost-effective than alternative data feeds. The Silicon Valley-based company is helping fuel fintech innovation by powering web sites and apps for more than 1000 financial services, media, software and corporate clients, including fintech innovatorsWealthfrontBettermentPersonal CapitalMotif InvestingRobinhoodStockTwits, and Yodlee.

How do API’s factor into your company’s long-term growth strategy? Do you see your company becoming an “open platform” of integrations?

APIs are our strategy. 95% of our business is about delivering market data APIs. We are an open platform for market data integration. That’s what we do. That is who we are.

Are the growth of open API standards important to your industry?

Our industry has historically focused on delivery of data via terminals and fees. We were the first company to launch a REST-based market data API back in 2004. Delivery via APIs is the fastest growing segment of our industry today and therefore very critical to what we do. It still represent a small segment of the industry as a whole.

What are some ideas for apps or integrations that developers or startups could build on your API?

With more than 1000 firms and applications using our APIs today, we have already seen a very large and creative set of use cases for our data. Since we have more than 45 services and more than 1000 API calls, there really are no limits to what developers can do with them. We have some interesting stories, like that of the secure money transportation company who uses our real-time gold prices to evaluate, in real-time, how much insurance they need on their armored cars for the gold they transport. Another example is a private jet manufacturer who embeds our stock quotes API in their multimillion dollar planes.

What has your team learned about building scalable, accessible API’s? What advice can you give to other teams building their own API?

Our first APIs were released in 2003 so we were not only a pioneer in REST APIs but have also been building them and tuning them for longer than anyone else. Our APIs are notoriously scalable and easy to use. We have extensive guidelines on how to build good APIs and we have published on it as well. The net net is 1) Forget about your data and processes, just design with the developer in mind. 2) Throw away documentation. If the API is not intuitive by itself, rebuild it. And 3) Speed matters: build it on AWS and cache the hell out of everything.

Source: Dev Network

RECENT NEWS

In the foreign metal market and the world of international rates, currencies play the crucial role of acting as the medium of exchange in the transactions that take place.

Currencies like the United States dollar, the Euro, or the British Pound are commonly used around the world in order to get a metal rate. Some companies that offer precious metal live and historical rates have exposed their APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to allow developers to integrate current and historical metal rates, currency conversion, or other capabilities into their applications.

In order to know about precious metals live and historical rates, there’s a lot of APIs available online, and if you want to try one, Barchart is going to be one of your first options. But if you take a look at what else is in the market, you’ll find alternatives so many great alternatives:

Xignite Market Data Cloud Platform

Xignite Market Data as a Service was one of the first market data services built to run in AWS and they are one of the few vendors that is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner with a Financial Services Competency.

With more than a decade of cloud expertise in building, scaling and operating cloud-based market data technology, it is no surprise that leading financial services and capital markets firms rely on this company to empower their journey to the cloud. Their Metals API Service offers real-time prices and quotes for metals including Gold, Silver, Palladium, Platinum and other base metals. In addition to real-time precious metals prices, the service provides daily London Fixing prices as well as historical precious metal prices and metal news. 

Xignite Cloud APIs are sourced from leading providers such as FactSet and Morningstar as well as Xignite’s own curated, high-quality data.

Read the article Top 3 Alternatives for Barchart Precious Metals Rates

02/25/2021

Each year, Bobsguide asks the market to vote for fintech companies they believe stand out from the competition – those who have gone the extra mile in terms of development and servicing their clients. Xignite is proud to be listed as the "Best API Management" vendor on the Bobsguide 2020 Rankings.


Read article on Bobsguide

01/26/2021

Web services data provider Xignite captured the AFTAs judges’ attention on the infrastructure front with its release of Xignite Enterprise Microservices in July 2020, a suite of cloud-based microservices for data management, storage and distribution in the cloud, designed to help financial firms migrate from monolithic legacy data architectures to more agile and less expensive cloud services and data sources.

Requires subscription to read the article on WatersTechnology

01/25/2021

Xignite, Inc., a provider of market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, today revealed the results of its collaboration with StockCharts, a leading technical analysis and financial charting platform for online retail investors. The collaboration involved a move from an on-premise market data provider to Xignite’s cloud-native technology hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS). Download the case study containing the full results.

StockCharts requires vast quantities of financial data to power its visualization, charting and tracking tools, which investors use to analyze the markets to help with investment decisions. The company was frustrated by the limits of its on-premise market data center, which was forcing the team to make architectural decisions based on what its data center could handle in terms of speed and storage, not on their technology. Its previous market data provider was just starting to build out some cloud offerings, but they were far away from what the business required. StockCharts decided to migrate its infrastructure to the AWS cloud and partner with Xignite to gain access to endlessly scalable market and financial data delivered through innovative cloud APIs.

The collaboration made an immediate impact as StockCharts was able to expand its offerings and customer base by pursuing growth strategies enabled by Xignite’s cloud-based approach, which provides easy access to data and eliminates architectural limits on storage and speed.

The pandemic provided further validation. Seattle-based StockCharts was in one of the first areas hit by COVID-19 and was forced to quickly shut down its office. Pandemic-driven market volatility followed and StockCharts customers wanted to visualize what was happening. The company’s ability to scale quickly and accommodate a high volume of new requests would not have been possible without Xignite.

“The move to the AWS cloud and Xignite has unlocked tremendous new potential for us in a lot of architectural ways, and has given us a lot of data options that we could not even consider before,” said Grayson Roze, Vice President of Operations at StockCharts. “It relieved us of the burden of figuring out how to source things. Instead, we know exactly where we need to go to get the data and can access it instantly. That is a huge, huge benefit for our business.”

“We are proud to have played a role in transforming how StockCharts approaches data,” said Stephane Dubois, CEO and Founder of Xignite. “The events of this year unleashed a massive spike in retail trading and a host of other unexpected forces that reinforced the need for financial services firms to leverage the cloud. Despite the disruption of this year, StockCharts was positioned for success, and we look forward to continuing to deliver our financial and market data solutions to the industry at large.”

Xignite

Xignite has been disrupting the financial and market data industry from its Silicon Valley headquarters since 2006 when it introduced the first commercial REST API. Since then, Xignite has been continually refining its technology to help fintech and financial institutions get the most value from their data. Today, more than 700 clients access over 500 cloud-native APIs and leverage a suite of specialized microservices-delivered modules to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite

01/12/2021