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By: Sarus Systems  06-Dec-2011
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Platts Sar u s - an overview.

Platts Sarus is designed for use with the Platts FTP Dispatch data feed and is a complete suite of database management and graphic analysis tools for the professional trader. It is designed to be intuitive to use and allow market data to be easily manipulated and used in in-house applications providing energy information solutions for both front and back office requirements.

Platts Sarus is designed to work as a stand-alone or networked solution. In a networked environment, only one PC needs an Internet connection to retrieve the data and any other Sarus terminal can then access this. The communications software utilizes your existing Internet connection and supports access through both firewalls and proxy servers.

The Standard package includes:-

Easy to use statistical charting package with formulae such as simple spreads, crack spreads, ratios etc with automatic conversion to the correct unit of measurement. Sarus includes a comprehensive range of technical studies that can be applied to any series in a chart.

You can select from a historical database containing Platts complete inventory of commodity and petroleum, metals and petrochemical price assessments together with exchange and foreign exchange quotes.
Corrections received are also stored in a separate database than  can be viewed and searched. This provides an audit trail for each price correction.

The new Platts Sarus scheduler makes it easy to create multiple scheduled downloads from the Internet so that your price and corrections databases are updated immediately a market center is closed.

Automatic Updates
The new Sarus FTP communications program can be configured to automatically download new assessments and program files from the Sarus FTP site. Users are notified of any new assessments or program files and are advised before any software is updated.

Microsoft Excel Add-in
We supply an Excel add-in that integrates into Excel and allows complete control over all the price data in the Sarus database.

Using the add-in, you can easily create spreadsheets using any number of historical price series (in any frequency) from the Platts Sarus database. These sheets can then be automatically updated by Excel.

The Enterprise package includes:- 

Programmers Toolkit
A programmers API is available to allow you to easily develop your own solutions by hooking straight into the price and corrections database without your programmers having to worry about storing prices, corrections and performing FTP downloads. You can program in Excel Java, C++, Visual Basic, Inprise Delphi etc.   Examples in VBA can be supplied.

SQL Link
You can now use the Platts Sarus to automatically update your in-house SQL database with prices and corrections.

Please contact Don Gray at Sarus Systems Ltd. for more information.

Custom Solutions:-

We are pleased to offer custom programming solutions to meet your requirements.


Our new pricing structure  has been changed so that a 'Site license' now covers a complete Metropolitan City area, regardless of the number of offices.

Please see the separate price list.

Please contact Don Gray at Sarus Systems Ltd. for more information.

Key Feature Table:-

  • Easy to use
  • Multiple high resolution charts with sophisticated time series analysis
  • Powerful database management system with up to 30 years of data
  • Platts Excel wire assessment pages recreated in Excel
  • Excel  add-in  for easy access to the database time series.
  • Analyze physical, exchange futures, FX, petrochemical and metals data
  • Charts automatically update overnight
  • Seasonal charts, spreads, ratios and formulas easily created
  • Each chart can be zoomed on both axis
  • Operates as both a stand-alone or networked solution
  • Automatic multi-scheduled data retrieval and validation
  • Link to your SQL database
  • Cost effective regional licensing

Hardware Requirements:-

Platts Sarus requires a PC running Microsoft Windows versions 2000 or later with an Internet connection and at least  one gigabyte of free  disk space. 

Microsoft Excel should be installed if you wish to use the Platts Sarus Excel add-in.

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