It’s been two months since I last posted, and I have a lot of exciting news to share with you.
First off, going forward, my team at the Foundation and I intend to post more frequently; we’ve been quite submerged in our foundational work, but now it’s time to focus on you, our Community.
To that end, despite our incipiency, we’ve seen excellent growth in active Community participation to Working Groups. Currently, we have, in total, 44 active Members from 17 different organizations actively participating in our 2 Working Groups: Check Desktop Wrapper / API and Financial Objects Standardization. And next week, at our First Members Meeting, we plan to start two more, around Symphony Security and Use cases / API.
Additionally, we have received a number of initial code contributions, including the first accepted contribution, from FactSet, with four more contributions in the pipeline, set to be opened in the upcoming weeks:
- CONTRIB-2: HelpDesk Bot from MarkIt and Symphony
- CONTRIB-3: Minuet Wrapper from Goldman Sachs and Symphony
- CONTRIB-5 and CONTRIB-6: Client Extension and Client Embedding samples from Symphony
Kudos to these organizations to put forward 10 Committers who will start contributing at in our OSS repository (currently empty, but not for much longer!) On this note, if you have an idea for a Symphony add-on, just open a CONTRIB issue and we can develop it together in the Open!
Our first Members meeting is on May 17th. The agenda is packed as there will be a number of presentations and updates from existing and prospective Members, including an important vote for Engineering Steering Committee (“ESCo”) Member Leads. The ESCo is responsible for the active maintenance and management of all Projects under the Foundation. To learn more about the ESCo and what it does, visit our ESCo space. We’d like to thank the five Member Lead candidates, from Citi, Credit Suisse, Dow Jones, FactSet and Markit, who stepped up to the challenge to help elevate our efforts. We wish them luck in Tuesday’s election!
We’ve reached near-capacity, so if are from a Member organization and you’re interested in attending, please register with us ASAP! Or join one of our channels to receive a follow-up to the meeting as well as other news and updates.
In attendance at the meeting will be the newest member of our team, Maurizio (maoo) Pillitu, who starts tomorrow as Director of Release Management & DevOps. We’re thrilled to have him onboard, as his role will be critical to the community’s development, as Maurizio will become over the next few weeks increasingly active in providing a seamless Symphony developer experience in the Foundation. Check out his Github Profile or connect with him on Symphony!
Lastly, if you’re interested in learning more about the Foundation, check out our brief presentation on who we are and what we do and if your organization is interested in applying for membership on, download our prospectus.
We look forward to hearing from you!