The Symphony Software Foundation is Growing – Join the Community!

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 GroupsCheck Desktop Wrapper / API and Financial Objects Standardization.  And next week, at our First Members Meetingwe 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:

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!

During the Meeting we’ll also have introductory presentations from new prospective Members wanting to join the Foundation, including Mazy Dar from OpenFin. Very much looking forward to it!

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!

Call For Contribution
Join the Symphony Software Foundation Community!

About three months ago I announced that I had joined the Symphony Software Foundation as Executive Director. After my first 90 days on the job, I wanted to give everyone the first public update on the progress of the Foundation.

We are moving fast to execute on our vision to foster an Open Ecosystem on the Symphony platform, shepherding the wave of innovation the world of FinServ and FinTech are experiencing, through collaborative Working Groups and Open Source Governance.

I have received an overwhelming number of requests to join the Community and become a Member of the Foundation.

So I want to start by thanking everyone who participated to this early momentum, including Working Groups‘ participants from our Members and our first proposed contributors!

As I said, lots happened in the last three months – check out the Foundation February 2016 Update for more details. But the bottom line is that I am happy to announce that the Symphony Software Foundation is now fully operational and the key channels of Community interaction are in place.

How can you get involved in the Symphony Community? Three suggestions:

I want you to Open Source!
Join the Symphony Software Foundation!

One conclusive thought regarding the availability of of the code: Since you are here, I am sure you are itching to get your hands on the Symphony Software source code. We are indeed working hard and closely with Symphony to ensure the Foundation is ready to Open Source the code and to provide Foundation contributors an Open development experience on the Symphony API. Stay tuned.

So join the Community and help build the Symphony Open developer experience and of course you’ll be among the first to get access to the Symphony Foundation codebase!