John Best and Colin Wright 

John Best is a well-known market data industry expert with over 30 years Financial Markets experience. He is renowned for insightful commentary and a deep understanding of market data systems and vendors.

 After graduating, John took a post as Junior Lecturer and Research Assistant in the Computing Dept. of King’s College London. John subsequently moved into the financial markets arena; his experience includes a six-year stint at Salomon Brothers, gaining responsibility for networks and dealing rooms across Europe, and six years with Dow Jones Telerate where he undertook presales support and product management for the Trading Room Systems division being responsible for the Market Data Platforms and Global Order Passing System. He then moved back to the client environment with West LB, developing a range of systems utilising market data including Real-Time Market Risk Management and a Virtual Dealing Room Systems linking multiple offices and functions.

 John has been an independent consultant for the last twelve years, working primarily with banks, exchanges and brokers, getting the best from their investment in market data systems and technology. He also counts many vendors as clients who use his consulting expertise and resources to assist with their system testing and support. John has recently been involved in a number of Market Data Technology selection projects for his clients.

 Colin Wright has over 40 years experience in the financial services and technology business sectors. After many years of working for various organizations on on-line mainframe and mini-computer systems as a systems programmer and technical support manager, he joined JP Morgan in 1977. Colin transferred from Morgan’s mainframe data centre in the east end of London to its newly formed investment banking operation in the City to help build the Equity trading floors it needed ahead of ‘big bang’. This was followed by a further 11 years with the bank, either project managing dealing room technology installs or managing the market data infrastructure once the rooms became operational. Following the bank’s decision to outsource its entire technology infrastructure, Colin became market data procurement manager for all of JPM’s European offices. In 1999, Colin left the bank to pursue a career as a market data consultant.

 He is a well-known figure in the industry through his many market data consultant roles, which included cost cutting projects for several tier-1 banks. He was also part-time co-ordinator of the IPUG industry lobby group for over 10 years.