by John Sweeney
For traders not dependent on in-house datafeeds and in-house analytics, Aspen Graphics provides a one
stop, no-hassle solution with premium quality data, quotes, graphics and analytics. People who can use
this level of software will love the primo quality of the software.
If that's not enough, considerable savings can be had in situations where more than one user needs to do
technical work at the same time. Up to 15 personal computers can feed from a single 486 based server
itself served by your core datafeed, and those same computers needn't be dedicated; they can also be used
for other chores. Thus, a group of brokers could lower their costs of data and software by spreading it
among themselves. Trading groups of, say, three to five could do the same.
We were fortunate to receive a computer in the mail that was completely set up. Most users, however,
upgrade their machines and then install the software and historical database. (You can package up your
machine and send it to Aspen and they'll install the whole thing for you, if you'd like.) The database is
brought current by modem to Aspen's database (this is also your refresh feature, should you need it), the
signal is turned on, and away you go. In our case, we already had the signal and then got the machine in
the mail. I hooked the BMI datafeed to the back of the machine and turned everything on. It all worked
As soon as you've installed everything and entered all your datafeed and Aspen passwords, you'll get a
call from the over-the-phone tutorial specialist, who'll guide you through the most prominent features of
the program and make sure the screens and displays you particularly need are up and running by the end
of the session.