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    KX Services

    Unlock the full potential
    of your data.

    KX Services

    Unlock the full potential
    of your data.

    At First Derivative, we specialise in providing cutting edge KX & kdb+ development services tailored to meet the unique needs of your business. Whether you’re looking to build custom functionality, optimise existing systems, or integrate new data streams into your infrastructure, we have the expertise and experience to help you succeed.

    What is kdb+?

    Kdb+ is a high-performance database designed for vector, time series, and real-time analytics. It stands out for its ability to efficiently process large volumes of data in real-time, making it the optimal solution for mission-critical applications. In today’s fast-paced business environment, where speed and reliability are essential, kdb+ shines by providing businesses with the tools they need to streamline operations, make informed decisions, and stay ahead of the competition.

    Businesses can leverage the speed and reliability of kdb+ to create customised functionalities, enhance existing systems, and seamlessly integrate new data streams into their infrastructure. By harnessing the power of kdb+, organisations can unlock valuable insights, optimise performance, and drive growth.

    Key features of kdb+

    kdb+ provides data scientists and application developers with a centralised high-performance time series analytics solution for real-time and multi-petabyte historical datasets. Built on top of the powerful q language, it is proven by independent benchmarks to significantly reduce hardware and maintenance costs, delivering ultra-high performance and scalability.

    • Small memory footprint that exploits L1/2 CPU caches (up to 100 times faster than RAM)
    • Multithreaded CSV Parser halves data ingestion times
    • Peach Algorithm increases query execution speed by 30%
    • Enhanced TLS and OpenSSL with At-Rest Compression
    • Integrated programming language that operates directly on data
    • Stores data in column format to simplify indexing, joins, bulk writes, and compression

    By managing all aspects of the data management process, from ingestion, storage, and logging to event processing and real-time analytics, kdb+ reduces the number of separate steps required to move and process data. Consequently, it minimizes latency and TCO in developing solutions across multiple industries.

    Our Services

    Custom Application Development

    Leverage our expertise to build custom kdb+ applications tailored to your specific requirements. From design to testing to deployment, we work closely with you to ensure your solution meets your business objectives and delivers tangible results.

    Performance Optimisation

    Improve the efficiency and speed of your Kdb+ applications with our performance optimisation services. Our team will analyse your system, identify bottlenecks, and implement optimisations to ensure maximum throughput and responsiveness.

    Integration Services

    Seamlessly integrate Kdb+ with your existing systems and technologies to streamline data management and analysis. Whether you need to connect to external databases, APIs, or third-party tools, we have the experience to make it happen.


    Whether you’re moving your current implementation to the cloud or upgrading your tech to the latest software, First Derivative combines the domain knowledge and cloud engineering expertise to help you with an end-to-end solution

    Comprehensive Surveillance

    Combine extensive industry expertise with the power of KX technology to enable your business to monitor market abuse with improved accuracy and faster analysis of data from multiple sources.

    Enhanced Capabilities

    Enhance your team’s capabilities with seasoned kdb+ expertise, ramp up the capacity of your team, or harness the energy of our junior consulting programme. Our junior offering seamlessly integrates recent graduates into your projects, providing you with cost-effective solutions and access to a pool of enthusiastic and driven individuals ready to tackle your business challenges.

    Why First Derivative?


    Our team consists of seasoned professionals with in-depth knowledge and expertise in kdb+ development and KX products. We work closely with our sister company KX to stay on the forefront of innovation and training, ensuring that we deliver the best possible solution to your project.

    Breadth of Experience

    At First Derivative, we are not only experts in core kdb+, but also the latest and great in KX products such as KX Insights and With integrated services and a pool of wider industry experience at their fingertips, our consultants are equipped to tailor our services and solutions to fit your organisations specific needs.

    Global Footprint

    At First Derivative, we have the largest team of kdb+ professionals in the industry. With expertise available to you on-site in metro centres or servicing you from our local offices all over the world, including London, New York, Belfast, Toronto, Hong Kong, Poland, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney.

    Curious to know more?
    First Derivative is available to help

    Consider integrating kdb+ into your data processing stack to unleash its full potential and elevate your business operations to new heights.

    Contact us today

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