In the Spotlight

News: Open Source Strategy Forum announces 2018 event in London and opens call for papers.

On the blog: Hear how Travis CI works with our Open Developler Platform to enable app testing and deployment. 

Case Study: Partnering with WhiteSource to build the backbone of open source developement for FinServ. 

Fostering an Open Ecosystem on the Symphony Platform

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.

What We Do

Open Source

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.


Open Innovation

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.


Open Governance

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.

March 6, 2018

Open Source Strategy Forum Announces 2018 Event in London and Opens Call For Papers


Symphony Software Foundation will be hosting its second Open Source Strategy Forum in November 14, 2018.

February 8, 2018

Symphony Now Available on OpenFin Through Open Source Contribution to Symphony Software Foundation


The OpenFin contribution code is based on a standard developed collaboratively by the Foundation’s Desktop API Working Group. 

January 24, 2018

Software Supply Chain: Casting Light on the Confusing World of Open Source Licensing

Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director, Symphony Software Foundation, is featured on HFM Technology. 

December 27, 2017

Case Study: Building the Backbone of Open Source Development for the Regulated Financial Industry

Partnering with WhiteSource, the Symphony Software Foundation is building the future of open source.

December 14, 2017

GreenKey Joins the Symphony Software Foundation; Will Open Source Voice Software 

GreenKey will open source voice software into the Symphony Software Foundation.

November 28, 2017

Major Industry Event and Expanding Open Source Developer Platform Bring Together Financial Industry and Open Source Leaders Under the Symphony Software Foundation

The Foundation acts as the venue of choice for financial firms to collaborate on open source software. 

November 15, 2017

Open Banking Begins with Opening Bank Culture

Foundation member, BNY Mellon's Matt Joseph on how open source is proving to be a catalyst for collaboration within banks.

November 15, 2017

Banks Are Increasingly Turning to Open Source Projects. Here's Why.

Why Barclays, Capital One, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and more are turning to open source.

October 19, 2017

Top Bank, Legal and Software Industry Executives to Keynote at the Open Source Strategy Forum

Deutsche Bank to showcase first contribution to open source technology.

October 4, 2017

Symphony Grows Workflow Productivity with New Platform Capabilities

Symphony announces two major code contributions to the Symphony Software Foundation.

October 4, 2017

Deutsche Bank Makes its Code Publicly Available for the First Time

Deutsche Bank announces its first open source contribution, representing the largest outside contribution to the Symphony Software Foundation.

September 21, 2017

The Symphony Software Foundation: Bringing Open Source To Wall Street

Gabriele Columbro, Executive Director at the Symphony Software Foundation, on how open source can take Fintech to the next level.

September 12, 2017

Symphony Software Foundation Launches Open Source Strategy Forum

November event to feature a world-class roster of speakers from financial and enterprise software industries.

August 24, 2017

Getting FinServ Ready for Open Source

Aaron Williamson, General Counsel and Director of Governance, on how banks can benefit from open source.

July 27, 2017

Is Wall Street Ready for Open Source Software?

SSF recognized as one of the biggest proponents of the OSS movement, now gaining ground across Wall St.

July 25, 2017

Symphony Software Foundation sets out to build a new fintech innovation model

Adds four new Silver Members: Arcontech, BankEX, Cloud9 Technologies and FinTech Studios.

May 23, 2017

Ipreo Joins the Symphony Software Foundation as a Gold Member

Symphony Software Foundation announces Ipreo as its latest Gold Member.

May 9th, 2017

Financial services organisations are “waking up” to finding talent through open source

Gabriele Columbro, executive director at the Symphony Software Foundation, on how open source can drive a successful and fulfilling career.

February 14th, 2017

ChartIQ, The Beast Apps and Tick42 join the Symphony Software Foundation to foster open fintech innovation

The Foundation witnesses strategic interest in fintech interoperability fueling growth of the Symphony open ecosystem

The Symphony Software Foundation is committed to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone. Our Code of Conduct can be found here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

NY Open Source + FinTech Meetup

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. 


Contact Us

The Symphony Platform

The Symphony Platform enables secure and compliant messaging for Enterprise collaboration, within and across the firewall, while users retain full control of their information over the wire and at rest, thanks to a fully client side encryption technology. Based on modern, open source, cloud and big data technologies, it provides the perfect environment to collaborate and integrate with in order to take business productivity to the next level for your organization.


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.



Desktop Integration
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.



Check out our Open Source Project Catalogue or browse directly our Github repository. There are several classes of projects that we host in the Foundation, see below:

Symphony Core

The Symphony core messaging platform. We are working with Symphonyto have the initial contribution of the Platform, so Get in Touch and join the Community for updates.



General purpose extensions of the Symphony experience and applications running on the Symphony platform, to solve common industry problems.

Symphony Developer Tools
API clients, SDKs, libraries and scripts to provide a rapid and effective developer experience.

Platform Integrations
Integrations with 3rd party platforms and other enterprise software, to enable wider adoption in the enterprise and support extended workflow and productivity intra- and inter-organization.

Financial Services

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.

 Service Provider
Symphony LLC is the SaaS provider for the Symphony Platform.

About Symphony

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!


Project Contribution

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.


Working Group

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.


Patches Contribution

The easiest way to start contributing is to send us your patches for bugs or new features, via Pull Requests or submitting patches in our Issue Tracker.



Community Governance

Enhance, provide feedback and help shaping our Foundation governance and transparent decision-making, by joining our Wiki.



Get in touch with the
Symphony Community

Mailing List
Join our mailing lists, depending on your level of affiliation with the Foundation. See how to Get in Touch.


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


Our Values


Validation driven, KISS, crawl/walk/run, agile


Public decision making process, records, clear communication



Fosters bottom up, reputation driven influence on the project


Cloud readiness

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.


Developer Focus

Participation should be easy & engaging, because developers love it


Enterprise Grade

IP Cleanliness, Predictable product lifecycle, compliance and security


The Foundation operates according to a transparent governance model defined by our Bylaws and Community Governance policies. The following bodies participate in the Foundation's governance.

Board of Directors

Drives business and overall strategy.

Engineering Steering Committee

Provides high level technical governance and roadmap alignment between the projects in the Foundation.

Working Groups

Member driven committees impacting design, architecture and standardization choices in the platform.


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 Columbro
Executive Director
Symphony Software Foundation

Gabriele Columbro


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 He’s a proud SSC Napoli supporter, reggae music connoisseur and a South Park groupie.

John Madsen
Goldman Sachs

John Madsen


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.

Rhyddian Olds
Autobahn Platform Lead
Deutsche Bank

Rhyddian Olds

Nick Caine
Head of Global Markets Architecture & Cross Product IT

Nick Caine


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
Global Head of Processing and Loans, CEO MarkitSERV
IHS Markit

Brad Levy


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.

Peter Leong
Director of Data Science
BNY Mellon Innovation Center

Peter Leong

Peter Leong

Peter is the Director of Data Science at BNY Mellon’s Silicon Valley Innovator Center, where he is leading teams working on machine learning, search, ETL, and chat-bots. He joined BNY Mellon in 2015, initially focusing on cloud and API infrastructures. Peter spent his career building multiple start-ups as CTO and VP of Engineering in telecom and consumer space. Through acquisitions, he joined Cisco in 2000 to work on residential VoIP, and spent several years at British Telecom to lead the Future Voice Architecture team. Peter has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Christopher McGuire
User Experience Designer & Development Manager

Christopher McGuire


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 Villagra
Head of Product Development, Citi Velocity

Alejandra Villagra


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!

Inessa Even
General Manager, Strategy
Credit Suisse

Krishna Nathan
S&P Global

Krishna Nathan

Krishna Nathan

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.

Nathan Bricklin
SVP, Innovation Group
Wells Fargo

Nathan Bricklin


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
Head of Institutional Technology

Justin Peterson


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.

Peter Spera
Managing Director
JP Morgan

Peter Spera

Dov Katz
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

Dov Katz


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
CIO Nomura Holding America; CIO Global Markets; previously Global Head of Equities & Prime Services Technology

Jason Imperato


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

Mazy Dar


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 Miller
Symphony LLC

Lawrence Miller


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.

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!

Platinum Members

Our Platinum Members include



Gold Members

Our Gold Members include


Silver Members

Our Silver Members include


Individual Members
The Foundation's At-Large members include individuals who have made significant contributions to Foundation projects.

Membership Benefits

For more information about memberships, download our member information sheet now.


Industry Working Groups

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.


Access to Developer Platform

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.

Strategy and Roadmap Influence

Members organizations have a strong representation in the Foundation Board of Directors and in the Engineering Steering Committee, influencing the overall evolution of the Symphony project and the long term roadmap.



Industry Surveys

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.

Global Visibility

Unique positioning in the Foundation worldwide evangelism campaigns, conferences and online presence.

Check out our membership benefits and apply below to join our impressive list of members today:


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