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Symphony Innovate 2021: Connecting People with Purpose – From In-Person to Digital

Earlier this week, I am happy to say we hosted our first in-person Symphony Innovate in over two years. Things, of course, worked a bit differently this year for the attendees gathered in person, but coming together with members of the Symphony community was something we all dearly missed! Hundreds of digital attendees also tuned in around the globe to see live demos of new products and integrations, and to hear discussions between financial services and technology leaders from around the globe.

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An Open Approach to Desktop Interoperability with FDC3

In the spirit of fostering open standards and interoperability to empower our community, I am pleased to share that we now support the FDC3 standard, and plan to extend its open source interface in order to offer more versatile integrations between desktop applications and Symphony. The richer FDC3 API will offer an array of options for streamlining and enhancing new and existing collaboration workflows for professionals in the financial industry.

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Episode 7: Establishing the New Standard in Institutional Trading Communication

As the vast selection of collaboration tools available to institutional traders continues to grow, coupled with the accelerated adoption of emerging technologies, many firms are struggling to address the knock-on effect this is having on trader workflows. In the seventh episode of Cloud9’s podcast series examining developments in the voice trading landscape, Cloud9’s Chief Operating Officer Jim Miller and Symphony’s Chief Product Officer Michael Lynch examine how fragmented workflows can be solved by consolidating trading tools with voice capabilities and how Symphony’s recent acquisition of Cloud9 is playing a key part in alleviating challenges.

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Operations Teams are (Finally) Getting the Recognition They Deserve

In years past, the operations function at financial institutions was often regarded as background infrastructure (and also at times, overlooked by colleagues in other departments). But now, we’ve seen a shift – as the industry undergoes a massive digital transformation amidst a complex and evolving regulatory environment, operations has become a critical area of focus at the highest levels of the organization. In other words, operations professionals are finally getting the recognition they deserve.

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WFH or RTO? Finding a Happy Medium

The value of diversity of thought in business is well-established: Companies where 30 percent of executives or more are women are nearly 50 percent more likely to outperform financially, and 67 percent of candidates consider workforce diversity when evaluating job offers. A range of backgrounds and experiences facilitates creativity, problem-solving and positive outcomes.

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Essential Collaboration or Capital Markets: Which Symphony 2.0 Mode is Right for You?

When we talk about Symphony 2.0, we emphasize that the product is purpose-built for financial services workflows. But even that is too simplistic – we recognize that within the industry, there is a wide variety of roles, responsibilities, needs and preferences. Investment bankers, research analysts, compliance professionals: all within financial services, but all with very different workflows.