Goldman Sachs Seeks to Turn Chit Chat Into A Symphony

symphony blog update courtesy of extract from profile of Goldman Sachs foray into displacing Bloomberg LP’s dominance of chat and instant messaging tools used by brokerdealers throughout the world via  Symphony

Ever since it became apparent that bankers were using chat rooms and instant messaging for things other than business-like communication with clients and conversations about their weekends, banks have been clamping down. J.P. Morgan, Citi and Goldman Sachs were all said to make instant messaging services out of bounds to some of their traders in the wake of the LIBOR and FX fixing scandals. In turn, banks have been seeking to develop new, compliant, heavily-monitored, systems of their own.

Among these is Symphony, a ‘a cloud-based, compliant platform for instant communication and content sharing ‘ developed by a consortium of financial services firms led by Goldman Sachs. Developed from the instant messaging and chat provider Perzo, which Goldman bought into last year, Symphony is an instant messaging platform that provides regulators with, ‘an unaltered, auditable and retrievable record of all information flows with demonstrable, proven controls and surveillance.’ Based upon open-source customizable code, the product is due to become available across the market this year.

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In the meantime. this is what a Symphony spokeswoman told us about the company and its plans.

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BrokerDealers Instant Message Battle v. Bloomberg Chapter 2: Perhaps Perzo

As an instant update to the July 31 blog post profiling Blabber, the instant message (aka IM) application created by Goldman Sachs as a possible industry replacement for the ubiquitous Bloomberg LP chat service that connects Wall Street traders and salesman to their respective buyside customers, we thank Silicon Valley Business Journal contributor Jason McCormick for his coverage below.

perzo imPerzo Inc., an instant-messaging service based in Palo Alto, is in negotiations for a possible sale to a group led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to the Wall Street Journal.

The group of financial firms, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., is seeking an alternative to Bloomberg LP’s messaging service, which has become a dominant way for Wall Street traders to communicate.

The Journal reported that the group is mulling an investment between $40 and $50 million in the company, created by communications executive David Gurle. The company already has financial backing from Merus Capital, which was founded by former Google Inc. executive Sean Dempsey.

The talks come following a push by Goldman to ban its traders from using some instant-messaging services offered by Bloomberg and others, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Bloomberg is facing pressure after reports surfaced that journalists in its employ used the service to check on the activities of its users.