Monday, September 25, 2006

Blogging Sibos in Sydney

From the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels in May 1978, which was the location for the first ever Sibos conference to the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in Sydney Australia, which will host Sibos 2006, SWIFT's annual user conference has become a premier event on the international banking calendar.

From inauspicious beginnings (the very first conference in Brussels attracted approximately 500 delegates), the annual Sibos conference now attracts thousands of delegates and financial technology vendors from all over the world.

Organised with almost military-style precision, the conference is the wholesale banking industry's own "mini-Olympics" with locations for the annual event being decided four years in advance. Click here for more information on the history of Sibos

As the event and the banking industry becomes more global and SWIFT looks to attract additional traffic to its network from developing economies in China, India and Africa, the question remains, when will these countries play host to one of the banking industry's most premier events?

This year FinancialTech Insider will be blogging the Sibos conference and exhibition, bringing you pictures, analysis and personal insights as to whether SWIFT CEO Leonard Schrank really does have 20:20 vision ( or is it 2010 vision?) Can SWIFT really be everything to everybody: network, solutions, connectivity and messaging provider?

So if you are interested in Sibos coverage with a difference or the personal insights of a jaded hack that has been covering the event off and on for the last 10 years, tune into FinancialTech Insider.

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