I've decided to automate my strategies in .NET only platforms that use C# or VB.NET. Can't find a online list of comparisions between products. This is what I currently have in mind: Backtesting with Ninjatrader (C#) . Trade Execution with Openquant (C#). Save intraday 1 min data in mySQL as well as saving each days tick data in .csv files. Data analysis with MS Excel 2010. I don't need microsecond execution as all strategies can handle several ticks slippage. I'm just afraid at this stage I don't even know what I need to know about future issues that may arise and more importantly if there are better solutions.