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The last installment of our five-part blog series focused on provider experience and expertise and how these aspects affect the quality of your data. In this installment, we will examine the importance of a provider’s service model and organizational stability, and how these factors contribute to a reliable and effective partnership for your trading operations. 

In the realm of options trading, where risk is already an inherent factor, adding vendor risk is a gamble that no trader wants to take. While the importance of data accuracy and technology in a data partner is clear, the support model and organizational stability of your provider are equally critical and often overlooked.  

Service Model 

A robust service model is crucial for the success of your trading operations. From onboarding to ongoing support, a reliable partner should offer a comprehensive and responsive service framework. 

Onboarding Service 

Exceptional service starts with a seamless onboarding process. Look for a partner that offers a well-functioning pre-production environment and extensive migration support. Accurate documentation with appropriate use cases is essential, along with a reasonable commercial model that facilitates a smooth transition from your existing solution. 


Changes in data and processes require thorough testing before going live. Ensure your data provider supports a testing period through defined Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) plans. This step is crucial to confirm that the results meet your expectations and maintain operational integrity. 


Inevitably, problems will arise, and when they do, you need more than just a reactive IT ticket system. A professional service desk with real expertise and proactive solutions is essential. Your support team should be capable of handling fast markets and the increased volatility that comes with them. Additionally, a proactive monitoring system that anticipates failures before they impact your operations can significantly reduce your risk. 

Some clients may require additional resources for custom projects or need access to senior leadership for resolving deeper issues. Understanding your provider’s capacity to offer these services is vital. 

Organizational Stability 

When choosing a data partner, assessing their organizational stability is crucial. This stability can be a significant indicator of their ability to deliver consistent and reliable service over time. 

Business Longevity 

In a fast-evolving industry, longevity matters. While new vendors might bring innovative solutions, they may lack the proven staying power of established players. Balance the allure of innovation with a partner’s history of resilience and ability to adapt to technological and market changes. 


Understanding the types of clients a provider serves can offer insights into their capabilities. A provider with a diverse client base, including those with needs similar to yours and those with different market perspectives, can better meet both your immediate and future requirements. Client recommendations can also provide valuable real-world insights into the provider’s performance. 


The expertise and experience of a provider’s employees are critical indicators of the quality of their offerings. Look into the breakdown of employees by department. A firm with a strong focus on technology, trading, customer service, and data services is more likely to meet your high standards. 

Autonomy, Focus, and Commitment 

Working with fully owned data providers of exchanges, conglomerates, or broker-dealers might seem advantageous. However, these firms can sometimes lack the focus, priority, and resource allocation from senior management needed to meet your specific data needs. Moreover, getting locked into a large supplier can create opportunity costs that outweigh the benefits. 


Choosing an options data partner involves more than just evaluating their data accuracy and technological prowess. Their service model and organizational stability are equally important to ensure your trading operations run smoothly and efficiently. By considering these factors, you can mitigate vendor risk and build a robust foundation for your trading strategy. 

Stay tuned for our next installment in the series, where we will dive deeper into additional critical factors for evaluating your options data partner and explore total cost of ownership.  

About SpiderRock Gateway Technologies  

SpiderRock Gateway Technologies (“SpiderRock”) is the data and analytics division of SpiderRock Technology Solutions, a provider of industry-leading options trading solutions. SpiderRock is an exchange-licensed redistributor of market data, providing US stocks, options, and futures market data in a raw and normalized format. SpiderRock’s proprietary live analytics offer low-cost delivery of market data and options analytics without requiring clients to make a significant investment in infrastructure.   

For more information, please visit www.spiderrock.net/data, follow us on Twitter at @SpiderRockChi, and visit our LinkedIn Page

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