by John Sweeney
As taken with real-time trading support systems as STOCKS & COMMODITIES has been of late, it's no
wonder that GlobalView, today's successor to one of the original computerized trading systems,
eventually showed upon our review desk. Now, I'm used to seeing impressive analytical capabilities as
well as quotes and graphs. However, GlobalView forces a new idea on me: shipping the data to Microsoft
Excel/Lotus 1-2-3/Quattro spreadsheets, where the user — the customer, that is — can apply his or her
programming and analytical skills.
GlobalView fits in this niche. It may even be the whole niche. GlobalView's unique virtue is that it's open
to running efficiently on just about any network with many popular datafeeds. It uses a client-server
architecture, but keeps network traffic down to data requests. Although it runs, and was reviewed, in
standalone mode, its usual setup is as part of a network, where processing is done at the "seat" -- where
the human user is. This points GlobalView squarely at the multistation, institutional market.
That and the pricing.
GlobalView is priced modularly. You buy a server and stations, unless you are a single station, in which
case everything is in one machine. In addition, GlobalView permits some stations to be part-time for less
money. Thus, if you have people who don't need to be on constantly, you may buy a lower-priced seat with somewhat restricted access. Even the software is priced individually. Purchasers and users can lease
just what they need on a monthly rental.