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5 Things a financial professional can’t miss at IBM Think 2018

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As the term “fintech” becomes further engrained and more ubiquitous in the banking and financial industry, these businesses classified by the same fintech name have ascended beyond the small, ardent startup scene and have established themselves as equal challengers in the arena, standing up and competing with institutions that are a century old or longer. Now, more than ever, the marriage between technology and finance is apparent. Looking forward, the line between the two will continue to intertwine. Enter, IBM Think 2018, the premier business and technology event of the year that underscores and emphasizes the bond between business and technology.

Simultaneously, the latest adage of “disruption” has also moved on from the startup space to large, established financial institutions. Generations-old businesses, with legacy systems, are looking to become more agile, embracing change with an open-minded philosophy perhaps never seen before. With the event quickly approaching, we put get together a list of five things not to be missed as a financial services professional with an eye toward the future, at IBM Think 2018:

    1. Building a bank designed on disruption
      The idea is simple: Large financial institutions must embrace disruption to stay competitive with their smaller, more agile brethren. If you look for a common theme among the financial and banking sessions, speakers, demos and client stories at Think 2018, it is disruption through agility. Applying technologies not known for their use in banking will be some of the most popular sessions and demos at Think. Advanced use and deployment of artificial intelligence and quantum computing, machine learning, are well-represented and will be explored at Think 2018.

 

    1. Sessions, sessions, sessions!
      With over 100 banking and financial sessions alone, there is enough to do at Think for banking and finance professionals as a stand alone event. Some of the areas that are well represented in the finance industry are:

      • Blockchain
      • Digital front office
      • Digital wealth management
      • Digital back office
      • DevOps
      • Payments
      • Risk & compliance

       

    2. Developers and C-Level
      Are you a developer? What about a C-level executive? Somewhere in between? Few conferences can offer a range of business technology certifications, networking, speakers and certifications up and down the corporate ladder and types of roles like Think can. The premier business technology event has an abundance of material for both the developers and operations side of business, and equally there is plenty of deliverables that appeals to the C-level, executive and managerial level of experience.

 

    1. Real-world experience
      Besides IBM thought leaders and luminaries, some of the most influential disruptors in the technical finance and banking community will be on hand. Innovators and thinkers from organizations such as Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citi, and TD Ameritrade, will be well-represented at Think sharing their digital transformation journeys. Aside from the vast networking opportunities, these industry experts under one roof lends itself for a tremendous education experience in a small amount of time.

 

  1. Blockchain
    No business technology conference would be complete without a significant amount of blockchain material. Of course, the 2017 buzzword of the year in business is well-represented at Think. Starting with a keynote on “Bringing Trust and Transparency to Business Networks with Blockchain” (session 8794A), then 50 sessions, hands-on demos, and meet the experts on blockchain await. Ranging from getting started and beginner hands-on (1559A and 1535B), through accelerating your blockchain journey (1546B), to technical deep-dives such as (1548A and 7978A). In these times, who doesn’t need to learn about blockchain? Just about no one.

We can’t wait to see what is in store for the financial and banking industry at Think 2018.

Join us in Las Vegas, NV from March 19-22 – for more information and to register, please visit here.

 

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