FIX Orchestra was conceived as machine readable rules of engagement between counterparties.
As such, it is a standard for exchange of metadata about the behaviour of FIX applications. Orchestra is intended to cut time to onboard counterparties and improve accuracy of implementations.
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FIX Orchestra is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 which can be found here: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.
Resources for learning and adopting FIX Orchestra
log2orchestra – Creates an Orchestra file from one or more FIX message logs (tag-value encoding)
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The Use Cases
Communicating your FIX Service to others
By providing a machine-readable Orchestra file to partners or counterparties, you communicate your rules of engagement in an unambiguous, precise way. Of course, humanly readable documentation can be gneerated from orchestra, but by generating it each time an update is made, documentation will not get out of date.
Normalizing inbound FIX flows into your ecosystem
It is common for parties to encode their FIX messages slightly differently, possibly using user-defined tags. An Orchestra file that describes each variant of FIX can inform a translator to normalize them into a common format for processing.
Validating your counterparties compliance with their and your FIX service
An Orchestra file can be used to generate compliance tests. Messages received from a counterparty can be compared to the rules and message structures defined in Orchestra. For example, in Orchestra, fields can be specified as mandatory, conditionally required, forbidden, or to be allowed but ignored.
Validate your own FIX Service
Internal message implementations can be tested against rules of engagement encoded in an Orchestra file to make sure that your own systems comply with specifications.
Using Orchestra for Provisioning
An Orchestra Interfaces file can specify a protocol stack for a service offering, that is, a set of protocols at application, session, encoding, and transport layers. For each session, identifiers are provided as well as any transport configuration such as host and port to connect to. Additionally, security keys can be provided.
Using Orchestra to manage FIXatdl
An Orchestra Interfaces file can tell how to access a FIXatdl file (or other service configuration), either locally or via an internet address. The configuration can be for an entire service offering or specific to a FIX session.
FIX Unified Repository
Information on the version of the FIX Repository prior to FIX Orchestra can be found here.