I've recently been swept through a whirlwind of high-end financial software demonstrations. When I say "high-end" I'm speaking of products that are in the $5,000 to $20,000 a month range. Some of them I'm almost willing to pay for. All of them shared much of the same principles. Great manipulative databases and functions to capture and use data at any resolution you'd like. Complex system devlopment using CEP, powerful libraries, in C#, Java or both etc... Some could be created using visual development blocks, much like Simulink in Matlab. Sophisticated ways of replaying markets to ensure your systems function in real time the same way they are backtested. Some sort of strategy server to execute and monitor your strategies independently from the rest of the framework. Finally, the ability to route orders to any broker or exchange you'd like through means of API's,FIX or FIX hubs. All with great GUI's... Now, very obviously, this description pretty much fits the bill for most of the higher end stuff out there portware, aeigis, orc, apama, quanthouse etc... My question actually comes from a perspective of is there anything similar out there that you can actually buy or get source code to anymore? I'm familiar with all the opensource products like Marketcetera,Tradelink, ActiveQuant, TickZoom, everything on modulusfe etc... Although I don't think they would help me as much in the way of workflow as some of the higher end products would... A few years back I neglected to purchase the source code to QuantStudio, which is what QuantHouse is today, and see I definetley missed out, considering it was selling for 15k, and I could have spent money developing it. I feel pretty confident that I'm familiar with most products out there. Although I bumped into one that I never heard of before through a recomendation I saw in LinkedIn just the other day. To be honest it was one of the most impressive demonstration I had seen so far, but still followed the lease model and only had 20 clients. So in the spirit of that... Has anyone else seen similar products that you can either purchase outright, instead of lease? Or carry all the workflow functionality I'm looking for at lower leasing prices? Or be able develop with their products and pay for the actual deployment when it reaches the strategy server environment? Preferably on your own machines. Thanks for reading and any responses are appreciated.