Sibos 2013: Day 4 Report — Africa and Middle-East focus, vox pops and tech winners

by Hans Tesselaar, Executive Director at BIAN

The fourth and final day of Sibos 2013 focused on the growing Africa and Middle-East region with a whole day devoted to the banking, trading and technology opportunities in the area, writes Neil Ainger. The winners of the Innotribe Challenge were also announced overnight and the technology companies on the exhibition floor share their thoughts on the show in Dubai, UAE.

According to Hans Tesselaar, executive director of the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), a not-for-profit organisation that consists of technology vendors like IBM and SAP, and banks such as UBS, and pushes for common standards to be developed among its members to support flexible service orientated architectures (SOAs), Sibos 2013 was the perfect show for him. “All the discussion of collaboration plays into our mission,”he said, before departing the Microsoft stand at the Dubai World Trade Centre venue in readiness for the closing Sibos party that evening on the fourth and final day. Thousands of other attendees joined him in heading for the exits in order to go back to their hotels and change into their Sibos party clothes at the end of the first ever Gulf region Sibos.

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