The Buyside has undergone a massive evolution in the past few years. Indeed, a radical transformation has re-shaped all asset management firms – and the professionals who operate within them. As a result, the needs of the Buyside are quite different now than they were just 24 months ago.
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On June 1, 2021, I joined Symphony as Chief Product Officer – the same day Brad Levy became our CEO. That same month, we announced the acquisition of Cloud9: a cloud-native, API-first approach to trader voice. It was a pivotal month in an exciting and eventful year for Symphony, and myself. One year later, we have made remarkable strides to convert Symphony’s potential energy into transformational value for our customers – and Cloud9, its people and its product, have played an integral role in our progress.
Since Symphony’s earliest days as a company, we have collaborated closely with our customers to ensure that our product both addresses their challenges and meets their needs. In that spirit of collaboration and in conjunction with Symphony’s board of directors, we recently formed a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) as a forum to discuss perspectives on technology with our customers and help to inform Symphony’s go-forward strategy. At its outset, the group committed to meeting twice a year to share knowledge and experience regarding technology trends and related Symphony initiatives, as well as to ensure that our development strategy aligns with our customers’ visions.
Over the last 20 years, ops has reinvented itself for the better, faster, and cheaper, as well as vastly improved its interoperability with the rest of the financial ecosystem.
In this blog, we translate the concepts promoted by data mesh into a clearly defined set of practices and tools to be used consistently throughout our development process.
On a recent rainy Sunday afternoon, I found myself reflecting on how much banking operations has changed since I joined my first ops team in 1998. Over the last 20 years, ops has reinvented itself for the better, faster, and cheaper, as well as vastly improved its interoperability with the rest of the financial ecosystem.