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The 2014 Tech 50: Simon Garland

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Simon Garland
Chief Strategist
DBS Bank

As data continues to get bigger, the need for speed to process and analyze it never abates — and that plays into the hands of Kx Systems. It explains why the likes of Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley keep re-upping for the Palo Alto, California–­based company’s kdb+ database technology. Chief strategist Simon Garland, 59, is responsible for technical support and ensuring that Kx brings the latest high-performance hardware capabilities to bear. A Securities Technology Analysis Center benchmark test in June 2013 left no doubt: Kdb+ ran eight times faster than previous results for volume-weighted average price calculations on tick data. Garland noted then that kdb+ was ready-made for the growing number of clients’ cores, or processing units, devoted to “numerous applications, including faster algorithmic trading, pretrade risk and real-time analytics.” Accommodating what Garland describes as “millions and millions of records and petabytes and petabytes of data,” and with a 64-bit computing architecture and its own “q” programming language, Kx pursues proprietary innovation to outpace competing products. At the same time, Kx is opening up. In April it made “q” and the 32-bit version of kdb+ available free to encourage entrepreneurship on the platform and launched a community website for “tips and input from people other than us,” says Garland, who joined Kx in 2002 after working in the database search business and Credit Suisse’s risk management department.

The 2014 Tech 50
Click name to view ranking profile.
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1
3
4
5
Thomas Secunda
Bloomberg
Jeffrey Sprecher
Intercontinental Exchange
Catherine Bessant
Bank of America Corp.
Stephen Neff
Fidelity Investments
Lance Uggla
Markit
6
7
8
9
10
Robert Goldstein
BlackRock
David Craig
Thomson Reuters
Phupinder Gill
CME Group
Anna Ewing
NASDAQ
OMX Group
R. Martin Chavez
Goldman Sachs Group
11
12
13
14
15
Deborah Hopkins
Citi Ventures
Dan Mathisson
Credit Suisse
Daniel Coleman
KCG Holdings
Michael Spencer
ICAP
Michael Bodson
Depository Trust &
Clearing Corp.
16
17
18
19
20
Joe Ratterman
BATS Global Markets
Dominique Cerutti
Euronext
Ron Levi
GFI Group
Gaurav Suri
D.E. Shaw Group
Charles Li
Hong Kong
Exchanges and
Clearing
21
22
23
24
25
Lou Eccleston
S&P Capital IQ
Lee Olesky
Tradeweb Markets
Richard McVey
MarketAxess Holdings
Seth Merrin
Liquidnet Holdings
Antoine
Shagoury

London Stock
Exchange Group
26
27
28
29
30
Christopher
Perretta

State Street Corp.
Kevin Rhein
Wells Fargo & Co.
Peter Carr
Morgan Stanley
Hauke Stars
Deutsche Börse
Robert Alexander
Capital One
Financial Corp.
31
32
33
34
35
David Gershon
SuperDerivatives
Chris Corrado
MSCI
Joseph Squeri
Citadel
Tanuja Randery
BT Global Services
John Bates
Software AG
36
37
38
39
40
Gary Scholten
Principal Financial Group
David Gledhill
DBS Bank
Simon Garland
Kx Systems
Cristóbal Conde
FinTech Innovation Lab
Jeff Parker
EidoSearch
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42
43
44
45
Kim Fournais &
Lars Seier Christensen

Saxo Bank
Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
Tyler Kim
MaplesFS
Jim McGuire
Charles Schwab Corp.
Jim Minnick
eVestment
46
47
48
49
50
Steven O’Hanlon
Numerix
Sebastián Ceria
Axioma
Yasuki Okai
Nomura Research Institute
Niki Beattie
Market Structure Partners
Mas Nakachi
OpenGamma

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