Brian Sentance

CEO, Xenomorph

Brian Sentance is CEO of Xenomorph and one of the founder directors. He is responsible for setting and managing company strategy. He is involved in gathering client needs within the field of analytics and data management in financial markets. Prior to joining Xenomorph in 1995, Sentance headed the pricing models development team in the equity derivatives group at JP Morgan, London. This role involved bridging the requirements of trading, quant and software development staff to deliver new financial products to market. For information about Xenomorph, go to

Articles by Brian Sentance

Data and its analysis has become an important economic battleground for many industries, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the financial industry. Regulation is mandating greater data transparency across firms and trading practices. The increase in automated trading and the continuing search for new trading opportunities has led to exponential increases in the amount of data that must be captured, cleaned, managed and analyzed within a financial institution. To give you some idea of the size of the problem, the Options Pricing Reporting Authority (OPRA) in the U.S. is anticipating trade volumes at peak levels of around one million messages per second by mid-2008. Real-time data processing and the ability to store it for historic analysis have become particular pressure points for many investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds.

Posted May 15, 2008