Sibos 2013 - Countdown to Dubai

Geographically and culturally it is difficult to imagine two more different locations between the last Sibos in Osaka Japan, to this year in Dubai. One constant however is that regardless of location, Sibos remains the top global banking conference. With just four weeks to go, I am excited that the Microsoft team is finalizing preparations for our Sibos…

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Sibos 2012 - Looking Toward Osaka

With only about six weeks to go before the doors of Sibos 2012 open in Osaka, Japan – I thought I’d take this opportunity to give a brief overview of Microsoft’s presence there. As a SWIFT Key Partner we’ve been an exhibitor at Sibos for 9 years now, essentially since the BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT was…

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Stimulus for Road Construction? How about Payments!

Living in the Chicago area,  I’ve spent my fair share of time in traffic congestion trying to get to the airport. (Anyone familiar with Chicago ORD will also know that finding a plane that leaves on time is another challenge – but that’s a different story).  Chicago is known for having only two seasons – winter, and…

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Same Day ACH – but is there a Place for Real Time?

In my recent posts you’ll have noticed a recurring theme of moving from batch to real-time systems. Flying back from the NACHA payments conference last week I was thinking over the future of payments services, or products. Payments are being seen as an increasingly important contact point in the quality of a banking relationship, but…

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Connecting Payments and Core Banking

Core banking and payments are often considered separate operational areas. Although I have been a big proponent of banks treating payments as a business (not just a cost center), this practice has perhaps created a bigger disconnect between payments and core banking operations than is healthy. At least –  they didn’t become any closer.  On the face of…

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