DR-one | BS Microcomp, BIS, ACT, MKI

DR-one (Dealing Room Online Networking Environment) was an integrated real-time foreign exchange/money market dealing room solution from BS Microcomp (through BIS, ACT, MKI, Midas-Kapiti and Misys). It linked applications from diverse technical platforms and market information services, both digital and video, in a single, menu-driven, windowed, multi-screen workstation.

Offices included 490 Bourke St, 576 Lonsdale St, 116 Hardware St Melbourne and 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg.

DR-one operated under MS-DOS, OS/2 and Windows and ran on the IBM PC and the IBM PS/2 over token-ring network and TCP/IP, using multiple windowed display screens to provide easy, real-time access to a variety of service and applications. Working on a multi-window, multi-screen, windowed video application in 1988 was amazing. We got some attention.

Favourite sayings from those days include "look at that!" and "it's just like a bought one", the latter being a high form of praise.

DR-one transferred from Melbourne to Luxembourg in 1992 with the plan to train local employees in the product and leave after one year. We had a big sale or two, had a number of long lunches and stayed there longer than anticipated.

With various company takeovers we integrated DR-one with Citydesk and later Market Watch.

The Sky News article on 01 January 2016 about release of 1990-1991 cabinet papers used footage from the Westpac Sydney dealing room with DR-one on view. Only visible for seconds the moment I saw the clip I recognised the dealing room and DR-one. Sky News WBC DR-one .avi download.

I spent 10 years on this project before it was retired, it led me to Luxembourg where I lived 10 years - this page and some fond memories are about all that is left.

The DR-one Trader Pad pictured below - that's the one in which I updated the 8085 assembly that on power-up doesn't 'beep' but plays the opening bars from 'Star Wars'.

DR-one and consultancy, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg, 13 January 1993 DR-one TWS, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg DR-one servers, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg DR-one development, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg DR-one consultants, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg DR-one testbed, 5 rue du Curé, Luxembourg 116 Hardware St 1992 goodbye 116 Hardware St 116 Hardware St 116 Hardware St Sky News 01 January 2016 Sky News 01 January 2016 WBC 1990 project dinner WBC 1990 WBC 1990 DR-one 3 screens, WBC Sydney 1990 DR-one 2 screens, WBC Sydney 1990 DR-one on the big screen, WBC 1990 BS Microcomp DR-one 1989 Microcomp t-shirt
DR-one user manual DR-one/J user manual
DR-one Trader Pad BS Microcomp Errol logo

PDRs - Product Defect Reports

Raised
 
DW
JH
VT
RH
MN
MR
ES
CS
IM
DTh
PBo
TR
LL
DA
DET
 
313
244
237
167
164
158
145
116
128
127
117
111
105
100
79
Resolved
 
RH
JH
IM
DTr
PM
JP
DA
LL
GI
GA
NJ
KM
GL
IG
PBo
Abandon
169
142
139
72
12
63
23
3
8
9
10
20
5
8
9
Complete
531
305
244
220
152
99
126
128
112
107
96
67
40
37
32
Total
700
447
383
292
164
162
149
131
120
116
106
87
45
45
41