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The 2016 Tech 50: Brian Sentance

The Xenomorph Software CEO drops to No. 49 on this year’s Tech 50 ranking.

Brian Sentance
Chief Executive Officer
Xenomorph Software

Data management is fundamental for financial institutions, and the challenges of corralling, maintaining and analyzing ever-growing volumes of business and transactional information are persistent if not endless. At the same time, firms are showing interest in new database technologies that can help them cope with big-data scale and complexity, according to Xenomorph Software chief executive officer Brian Sentance. Xenomorph recently ventured into that edgy, open-source territory by integrating one such tool, MongoDB, with its TimeScape enterprise data management system. One of an increasingly popular class of NoSQL approaches — alternatives to the standard SQL relational database model — MongoDB was “already being used by a client,” notes Sentance, 50. That was an opportunity for Xenomorph — whose customers are investment banks, brokerages, hedge funds and asset managers around the world — “to scale the database technology beyond what we have.” A former derivative-pricing modeler who has been with the 40-employee, London-based shop since its 1995 start, Sentance says that with MongoDB “there is no change on the front end” — Excel interfaces are common — and the systems are “more scalable on the back end.” He says the combination of TimeScape, which is designed to support trading, risk management and other financial market functions, with MongoDB’s document storage and retrieval capabilities will be useful to firms that are grappling with day-to-day business requirements while having to archive and report more and more data for regulatory compliance. “We will carry on with business applications of publishing, republishing and monetizing data,” Sentance says. “Data management for complex products and deals is what we are strong at, and there are ongoing challenges in these areas.”

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The 2016 Tech 50

1. Catherine
Bank of America Corp.
2. Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
3. Lance Uggla
4. Phupinder Gill
CME Group
5. Shawn Edwards and Vlad Kliatchko
6. R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
7. Robert Goldstein
8. Adena Friedman
9. Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
10. Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
11. Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
12. David Craig
Thomson Reuters
13. Michael Spencer
14. Michael Bodson
Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.
15. Charles Li
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
16. Chris Concannon
BATS Global Markets
17. Blythe Masters
Digital Asset Holdings
18. David Rutter
19. Neil Katz
D.E. Shaw & Co.
20. Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
21. Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
22. Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
23. Robert Alexander
Capital One Financial Corp.
24. Brad Katsuyama
IEX Group
25. Antoine Shagoury
State Street Corp.
26. David Gledhill
DBS Bank
27. Lou Eccleston
TMX Group
28. Andreas Preuss
Deutsche BÖrse
29. Dan Schulman
PayPal Holdings
30. Scott Dillon
Wells Fargo & Co.
31. Mike Chinn
S&P Global Market Intelligence
32. Craig Donohue
Options Clearing Corp.
33. Gary Norcross
Fidelity National Information Services
34. Steven O'Hanlon
35. Sebastián Ceria
36. Michael Cooper
BT Radianz
37. Tyler Kim
38. Neal Pawar
AQR Capital Management
39. David Harding
Winton Capital Management
40. Chris Corrado
London Stock Exchange Group
41. Brian Conlon
First Derivatives
42. Jim Minnick
43. Stephane Dubois
44. Mazy Dar
45. Yasuki Okai
NRI Holdings America
46. Kim Fournais
Saxo Bank
47. Jock Percy
48. Robert Schifellite
Broadridge Financial Solutions
49. Brian Sentance
Xenomorph Software
50. Pieter van der Does

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