Promote the adoption of Symphony Open Source Project as the preferred messaging, communications, workflow and productivity platform worldwide.
Host an arena of innovation focused on solving industry collaboration problems with a cooperative approach, through openness, interoperability and standardization on the Symphony Open Source Project.
Deliver an enterprise grade platform in terms of security and compliance produced in a community and enterprise friendly governance that fosters Open Source contributions.
The Symphony Software Foundation hosts an ecosystem of open source projects around the Symphony messaging and collaboration platform. Projects are community driven and licensed under the enterprise friendly Apache v2 license. Through a meritocratic project governance, contributors can participate and influence the evolution of the Symphony ecosystem. Check out our Github repository.
Through its working groups focused on technology interoperability financial services industry standardization and open source contributions, the Foundation fosters open innovation and open standards between the member organizations to the Symphony Platform. All our working groups are transparently hosted.
Open Developer Platform (new!)
In addition to developer tools and documentation and an enterprise-grade software lifecycle that ensures high quality, security and IP cleanliness of its project releases, the Foundation now provides its members and committers open development access to the Symphony APIs. Learn more about the Open Developer Platform and request access here.
The Foundation implements an open, inclusive and meritocratic governance model for each of its governing entities, which include Board of Directors, Engineering Steering Committee, working groups and project teams. See our bylaws.
February 8, 2018
The OpenFin contribution code is based on a standard developed collaboratively by the Foundation’s Desktop API Working Group.
January 24, 2018
Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, Symphony Software Foundation, is featured on HFM Technology.
December 27, 2017
Partnering with WhiteSource, the Symphony Software Foundation is building the future of open source.
December 14, 2017
GreenKey will open source voice software into the Symphony Software Foundation.
November 28, 2017
The Foundation acts as the venue of choice for financial firms to collaborate on open source software.
November 15, 2017
Foundation member, BNY Mellon's Matt Joseph on how open source is proving to be a catalyst for collaboration within banks.
November 15, 2017
Why Barclays, Capital One, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and more are turning to open source.
October 19, 2017
Deutsche Bank to showcase first contribution to open source technology.
October 4, 2017
Symphony announces two major code contributions to the Symphony Software Foundation.
October 4, 2017
Deutsche Bank announces its first open source contribution, representing the largest outside contribution to the Symphony Software Foundation.
September 21, 2017
Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director at the Symphony Software Foundation, on how open source can take Fintech to the next level.
September 12, 2017
November event to feature a world-class roster of speakers from financial and enterprise software industries.
August 24, 2017
Aaron Williamson, General Counsel and Director of Governance, on how banks can benefit from open source.
July 27, 2017
SSF recognized as one of the biggest proponents of the OSS movement, now gaining ground across Wall St.
July 25, 2017
Adds four new Silver Members: Arcontech, BankEX, Cloud9 Technologies and FinTech Studios.
Symphony Software Foundation announces Ipreo as its latest Gold Member.
May 9th, 2017
Gabriele Columbro, executive director at the Symphony Software Foundation, on how open source can drive a successful and fulfilling career.
February 14th, 2017
The Foundation witnesses strategic interest in fintech interoperability fueling growth of the Symphony open ecosystem
Monday, March 12, 2018
Join us at Rise New York for our next open source and FinTech meetup! The purpose of this meetup is to bring together the community of people thinking about - and developing on - open source in financial services and fintech, both global banks and early stage pre-seed startups. We'll have speakers, panel discussions, tech demos, and other programming, but we'll also leave plenty of time for members to share a drink and talk to one other about the work they're doing in open source. Join our meetup group for the monthly schedule.
The Symphony Platform
Through fully client side end-to-end encryption technology for data in motion and at rest, Symphony provides a secure messaging framework which satisfies privacy needs of individuals and Enterprises.
Extend the Symphony experience to implement your custom business solutions or integrate your 3rd party product, through the multiple API sets provided on the server and client side.
Through the usage of signals, hashtags and cashtags, Symphony enables a drastic reduction of signal-to-noise ratio in your communications and a fully integrated flow of information between chats and external information feeds.
Through advanced client side technologies, Symphony provides cross platform Desktop integration which allows the Symphony experience to be integrated in everyday knowledge workers tools of choice.
General purpose extensions of the Symphony experience and applications running on the Symphony platform, to solve common industry problems.
The Financial Services industry leverages Symphony for internal and external communication, feeding of financial information and market data as well in integration with trading platforms.
The Symphony Software Foundation welcomes contributions members of the Financial Services community, riding the wave of innovation and interoperability that this industry is witnessing.
For more information check out the Symphony website.
Connect, Collaborate, Deliver
Symphony’s secure, cloud-based communications service delivers the next wave in organizational productivity where markets and individuals come together to create vibrant communities in which to share content, insights and opinions without compromising on organizational compliance. Learn more about Symphony.
Contribute to the Symphony Software Foundation
There are many ways you can get involved in the Symphony Community, by contributing ideas, code and sending us your feedback in the different Symphony Foundation channels. Join the Symphony Community today and send us your feedback!
Anyone can contribute code and become a committer the Symphony Software Foundation. The code will be hosted in our source code repository and licensed under Apache License v2. Take a look the type of projects hosted by the Foundation and start contributing following our Code Contribution Process.
If you are a Member Organization you can participate to and initiate new Working Groups, to collaboratively work on common industry problems and identify solutions based on the Symphony Platform.
Enhance, provide feedback and help shaping our Foundation governance and transparent decision-making, by joining our Wiki.
About the Symphony Software Foundation
Fostering open innovation, industry standardization, security and compliance for Financial Services business inter- and intra-firm communication, collaboration and workflow productivity on the Symphony Platform
Validation driven, KISS, crawl/walk/run, agile
Public decision making process, records, clear communication
Fosters bottom up, reputation driven influence on the project
Products integrate easily with de facto DevOps standards and Cloud PaaS
Open Communication, Open Source & Standards, Open Architecture
Invites contribution from members and community at-large. Our strength is in the network.
Participation should be easy & engaging, because developers love it
IP Cleanliness, Predictable product lifecycle, compliance and security
Develop and manage projects under the Foundation umbrella.
Our community-at-large, providing code and documentation contributions, with a meritocracy-driven path to committership.
Board of Directors
Gabriele is an open source leader and technologist at heart, having spent more than 10 years building thriving communities and delivering business value through open source. He thrives in working with open source communities to drive disruptive innovation, whether it’s for an early stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm or a non profit organization. Gabriele brings a wealth of expertise in executive and technical leadership, ranging from FinTech to enterprise collaboration, from developer platforms to SaaS ARR business models. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gabriele built the Symphony Software Foundation from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for Wall Street to accelerate the digital transformation, engaging in a new model of open source FinTech innovation. Gabriele is a PMC Member for the Apache Software Foundation and an advisor for Bankex.com. He’s a proud SSC Napoli supporter, reggae music connoisseur and a South Park groupie.
John is global co-head of the Enterprise Platforms team. He serves on the Technology Executive Leadership Group. Prior to joining the Technology Division to assume his current role in 2014, John led the Securities Division Core Strats team. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003 as an associate on the FICC Core Strats team and was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, John worked for several Internet start-up companies and pursued a PhD in Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University. He earned a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in 1992.
Nick works closely with teams across GBM Technology to design, maintain and deliver GBM’s Future State Architecture. Key focus areas include streamlining our IT solutions to meet the challenges of increased electronic trading and regulatory scrutiny, whilst ensuring that solutions are sufficiently coherent, strategic, cost effective and deliverable. Nick joined HSBC in Jan 2014. Previously, he was Chief Technology Officer at Tullett Prebon, a global Inter Dealer Broker, where he was responsible for application development globally, including the creation of the firm’s Swap Execution Facilities. Nick started his 30 year career in the financial services industry coding pricing, risk management and arbitrage systems on trading floors. More recently, Nick has undertaken a number of senior technology roles including leading Fixed Income IT globally at ABN AMRO and Head Fixed Income Electronic Trading and Sales IT at UBS. Nick has been married to Emily for over 30 years, has a 24 year old son and lives in London’s West End. Nick is a keen amateur photographer, self-declared technology geek and enjoys pinot noir.
Brad Levy is managing director, head of Processing and chief executive officer of MarkitSERV, the firm’s post trade service for OTC derivatives. He also leads Markit’s trade management services for the syndicated loan market, including Markit Loan Settlement, the most comprehensive loan trade settlement service, and Markit WSO, portfolio administration software and services catering to the complex lifecycle requirements of loans. He joined the firm in 2012 to manage Markit’s distribution businesses including Markit Hub, Research Manager and Desktop. Prior to Markit, Brad worked at Goldman Sachs for 18 years. From 2000 until 2012, he was a managing director in Goldman’s Principal Strategic Investments Group. Brad began his career at Lehman Brothers. Brad has served as a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association TechnologyCommittee in addition to the Board of Directors of APX Inc., BondDesk, BrokerTec Futures Exchange, CDS IndexCo, FXall, LoanX, NYSE Liffe US, SecuritiesHub, SwapsWire, Tradeweb and US Futures Exchange. He holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany.
Michael Gardner is a managing director and head of the Center at the BNY Mellon Innovation Center, Silicon Valley. Mike is responsible for ensuring access to the best and latest Silicon Valley expertise and technology, to supplement other company innovation centers and technologists around the world. Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in software engineering and executive leadership. At Borland, a well-known programming tools provider, he led teams pushing the envelope of databases, compilers, and Java. He co-founded and ran PeachPit Press, an early innovator in the desktop publishing revolution. At Lutris Technologies, he ran a large software engineering consulting practice, and later shipped one of the industry’s first application servers and helped pioneer a commercial business model based on publishing open source software. Mike ran the Search engineering teams at Ebay and ran a very large codebase conversion program. As the VP of Engineering at Apigee he directed Engineering, Operations, Support, built the Apigee cloud, and helped enterprise customers with digital transformations.
Christopher McGuire is a User Experience Design and Development Manager at Citadel where his responsibilities are instrumental in both internal and external firm initiatives.Through his tenure with the firm, he has set the course for both web and mobile strategies within the user community. Mr. McGuire joined Citadel in 2005 and manages a team designed to provide users with the most efficient technology for their day-to-day workflow. He leads the user interface development and application branding initiatives within the firm as well as manages the development strategy and design phase of new applications. Prior to joining Citadel, Mr. McGuire served as the Lead Tools and Configuration Management Engineer at GE Medical. Previously, he served as Senior Quality Systems Engineer at Motorola. Mr. McGuire is originally from Connecticut and currently resides in Chicago with his husband and two children. He received a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a secondary degree in Graphic Design from Loyola University.
Alejandra “Ali” Villagra is a Managing Director in the Markets division at Citi. Since joining Citi in 2001, she has held positions in Investment Grade Debt Origination, Institutional Sales, and Technology and Sales Management. Most recently, she oversaw the development and rollout of Velocity, the #2 web-based Analytics platform on The Street as ranked by Institutional Investor. Ali represents the Markets business on the Citi Women Steering Committee, the governing body for Women’s Leadership Strategy at Citigroup. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Manhattan with her husband Jason. Ali loves to spend time in the mountains, particularly when it involves mountaineering or ice climbing!
Raymond Mulligan is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Global Markets Technology Division, based in London. He is the Global Head of Architecture, Strategy & Core Engineering for Global Markets, and is a member of the Global Markets Technology Leadership Committee. Prior to this role, Mr. Mulligan worked within the CFO Division as the Global Head of Trading Technology for the Investment Bank. Mr. Mulligan has also held a number of positions within the CIO Division, including CIO of EMEA Investment Banking IT, Global Head of Fixed Income IT, Global Head of FX IT and EMEA Head of PrimeServices IT. Mr. Mulligan joined Credit Suisse from BZW when it was acquired in 1997. Prior to that, he worked at SBC O'Connor in Asia for 4 years where he lead Systems Engineering based in Tokyo. He started his career working in software R&D for Advantest one of the world's largest Semiconductor Test equipment manufacturers based in Saitama Japan. Mr. Mulligan holds a BSc in Applied Computing from the Waterford Institute of Technology.
Matthew has been part of the BlackRock team for over 17 years. He is an Aladdin developer and team lead. BlackRock is a proud member of the Symphony Software Foundation.
Nathan Bricklin has been with Wells Fargo for over 25 years. He currently leads the Social Strategy team for the Innovation Group where he is responsible for developing strategies and partnerships to use digital collaboration and mobile technologies to engage innovation partners, co-create solutions for business lines, compliment relationships with customers and startups, and speed the implementation of transformative products and services with a focus on the future of work. He previously led the Wholesale social media and digital collaboration efforts and the customer experience teams for the Wholesale Internet and Intranet portals. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, Bricklin led the Premier Banking group and the Discount Brokerage business. He received a B.S. in finance and investments from Babson College and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
Justin Peterson is a Managing Director and is responsible for leading ongoing development of the electronic trading platform and systems as the Head of Institutional Technology at Tradeweb. He joined the firm in 1999 to help drive development of Tradeweb’s pricing and trading software, later managing the global support team and European technology group. Mr. Peterson has more than 30 years of experience in computer science and development, with over 20 years dedicated to the financial services sector. Prior to joining Tradeweb, he was a Vice President at Citibank, managing development of web-based customer delivery and payment systems for its Corporate Bank, also improving its electronic funds transfer system. Previously, Mr. Peterson worked at NYNEX Science and Technology, writing telephone network planning software, and before that, he developed computer-aided integrated circuit design tools at Hughes Aircraft Company. Mr. Peterson holds a B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dov Katz, Managing Director, is Morgan Stanley's main technical liaison with Symphony. Dov has been at Morgan Stanley for 15 years. He currently is responsible for key strategic areas around technology innovation, container and cloud adoption and customer facing technology channels. Within the firm's Institutional Securities Tech division, Dov led the delivery and architecture of the Firm's award-winning Matrix electronic trading, pricing and analytics platform, serving the Institutional sales and trading desks, and the Firm's clients. He has been directly involved in the creation and execution of the Firm's the broader strategy around client-facing technology, and infrastructure needed to support it. Prior to leading Matrix, Dov created a web platform Application Infrastructure team, and was responsible for internal collaboration products. Dov holds a BSc in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from New York University.
Jason Imperato, Managing Director, is Chief Information Officer of Nomura Holding America Inc. (NHA) and Global Head of Global Markets Technology at Nomura, the global investment bank. Jason oversees the Technology Division and is a member of the NHA Executive Committee. Jason joined Nomura in 2008 from Lehman Brothers where he was Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Derivatives Technology. Prior to that, he was CTO at Sagamore Hill Capital Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund located in Greenwich, CT. He previously held senior management positions at BNP Paribas and Zurich Capital Markets. Jason received a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Colgate University and an MS in Computer Science from New York University.
Mazy Dar is the CEO of OpenFin. Prior to OpenFin, he led credit derivative strategy at Intercontinental Exchange and served on ICE‘s executive committee and deal committee. Before ICE, Mazy was Chief Strategy Officer of Creditex which was backed by JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and TA Associates and acquired by ICE in 2008. Mazy started his career at UBS as a software programmer. He attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and French Literature.
Lawrence is an experienced Financial Services technology leader with multiple patents and has a strong track record in the industry. A former Managing Director with BlackRock, Lawrence was Global Head of Development Services with the firm’s Aladdin Product Group. He was also member of Aladdin Product Group’s Executive Committee, and was closely involved in the formation of Symphony LLC. Prior to joining Symphony LLC, Lawrence was with BlackRock for 11 years, and JP Morgan Chase for 6 years.
An engineer at heart, Mike has developed a knack for building the right technology to make startups successful for more than 22 years. This is evidenced by his role in the successful startups Assured Access, Verilink, Madge Networks and Teleos Communications.
Jonathan is passionate about internet communications. Since the beginning of the category he has worked on industry leading projects with Microsoft (MSN Messenger, Lync, Skype for Business), Skype and most recently Wire. He is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded and sold Camino Networks to eBay in 2006 in addition to his service on numerous advisory and board positions.
Krishna Nathan joined S&P Global in May 2016 as Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is spearheading the creation and implementation of a firm-wide technology and data roadmap to accelerate growth and performance, an essential part of our long-term vision for S&P Global. Central to this is enhancing the Company’s digital footprint and finding innovative ways to use data to expand its products, services and delivery platforms and create new value forcustomers. Dr. Nathan brings to this role a breadth of experience in navigating the changing technology landscape combined with deep domain knowledge acquired through extensive work leading research and development teams. Dr. Nathan joined the Company from IBM where he was Vice President of Systems, responsible for the development and execution of the research strategy and activity in a variety of areas such as next generation data centers, cognitive systems design, security and a range of future Systems technologies. Since joining IBM in 1991, he has held a wide variety of leadership positions, both corporate and business-aligned, spanning the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Nathan holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Brown University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Engineering Steering Commitee (ESCo)
The Engineering Steering Committee is responsible for the active maintenance and management of the Symphony Open Source Project, including establishing product roadmaps and the development, testing, acceptance, commitment and publication of new features.
The ESCo is the technical arm of the Foundation. The membership elects two representatives to the ESCo.
Find out more about the ESCo proceedings and composition in the Foundation Wiki.
Symphony Software Foundation membership
The Foundation thrives because of its Members and community at-large. World leading companies have joined the Symphony Software Foundation to build business communication and workflow solutions in an open and collaborative way, at the pace of Open Source. Read about the benefits of membership, review our membership policies and membership agreement, and contact us to become a member today!
Member organizations participate to collaborative Working Groups which influence the design, standards and architecture decisions in the development of Symphony core and extensions, fostering adoption and interoperability. Working Groups enable wider adoption and interoperability for the Platform even prior to code being developed. Take a look at existing Working Groups or propose the creation of a new Working Group.
Community contributors and foundation member organizations have open development access to the Symphony API, as well as best-of-breed development tools and lifecycle, to promote a seamless developer experience of bots, applications and integrations on the Symphony Platform.
Through periodical industry surveys, the Foundation provides his members with unique insight on the usage of the Symphony platform in different industries, global security / compliance trends and open source readiness, driving focused and informed investments in the Platform and in your organization.
Unique positioning in the Foundation worldwide evangelism campaigns, conferences and online presence.