17a-4’s DataParser is a lightweight middleware solution with a modular design to collect different types of regulated data for compliance with SEC and FINRA rules.  Data feeds, instant messaging, database content, document management platforms, trading systems and more can all be ingested into Office 365, Exchange or an email archive.

Many institutions are required to capture and retain e-messaging content in addition to email.  17a-4 developed the DataParser in 2005 as an on premise cost effective solution to manage regulated content.  The software collects, formats and delivers data to repositories for archival retention and e-discovery.

Designed to integrate easily into any existing infrastructure, the DataParser has various delivery options that can run in multiple configurations for more complex environments.  Messages can go directly into an Exchange environment, to a file location or into an on premise or hosted email archive.  It interfaces with virtually all major archiving technologies, both in-house and out-sourced.

The DataParser creates streamlined compliance management, discovery and supervisory procedures allowing clients to leverage in house resources and keep costs to a minimum.

The DataParser runs as a Service in the Microsoft Windows environment and can run unattended.

Supported Interfaces

Bloomberg              Cisco Jabber                    Eikon Messenger           FactSet                    Microsoft Skype for Business       Microsoft SharePoint         Skype Online

Blackberry               SitrionOne                    InvestEdge

Squawker Trading                                     Pivot


More Supported Interfaces

Microsoft LiveMeeting

MessageLabs Data Streams

LivePerson Data Streams

UBS Chat

Oracle/ATG ‘click-to-call’ Live Help

Parlano MindAlign

SQL Databases

Social Media (LinkedIn, FaceBook and Websites) (Limited Availability)

Microsoft SharePoint Online (Limited Availability)

Features for all platforms


Inserts service indicators and x-header information to allow for filtered archive searches

Multiple delivery/output options to integrate with existing infrastructures

Ability to stage output into sub-directories or drop directly to a pickup location

Ability to export directly to an Outlook folder

Ability to send via SMTP (utilizing IIS SMTP engine)

Option to maintain a copy of the source files for a period of time

Timer structure allows for interval or specified run times

Support for UNC addresses

Summary reports and notification emails denote run/processing information

Throttling of data output to work within destination archiving platform thresholds

Additional features are available for some modules including Active Directory integration

System Requirements



Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 or later

Physical or Virtual with 64-bit architecture


2+ cores clocked at 2.5ghz or higher

OS Support Software

Microsoft Exchange Web Services Managed API 2.2

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1

Microsoft Windows .NET 3.5 Features


Working Directory: 3X the amount of data processed (i.e. 2 GBs processed per day would be 6 GBs of processor storage)

Data Source Archive: Daily amount processed X number of days needed to retain (i.e. 2 GBs processed per day and retained for 10 days would be 20 GBs)

For the DataParser’s automatic licensing and update functionality, the server on which the software is installed must have an external internet connect, and access to the domain and subdomains. Some modules have additional requirements to consider.


The DataParser is designed for modular development and the ability to continually add support for new technologies. If your institution is using a platform not listed above, please contact us for a development quote. Communication platforms and database systems can become compliant with custom developed DataParser modules that integrate with existing infrastructures.

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