I hope those of you in the northern hemisphere enjoyed your summer and took time out to be with friends and family. Now the summer is drawing to and end, the kids are back at school, and that means one other thing: Sibos is right around the corner. Just 3 weeks to be precise! Microsoft financial services has been a regular exhibitor at Sibos since 2004, when BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT was first certified with what is now the SWIFT Ready Financial EAI label. However as our presence at the event has grown over the years, we also use this event to showcase the innovative banking and capital markets solutions of partners. I'll provide more introductions to partners in the coming weeks, but here's a quick summary in alphabetical order.

BIAN - the Banking Industry Architecture Network is a ‘not for profit’ organization which seeks to accelerate the adoption of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the banking industry. This is achieved by promoting convergence towards a common services landscape and semantic standards which makes it easier and more cost-effective to integrated such services. Microsoft is a founding member of BIAN.

Cashfac – Based in the UK and a second time Sibos partner with MIcrosoft, Cashfac simplifies complex cash management. It automatically manages many bank accounts and virtual bank accounts in a real time, straight through process. Cashfac also processes high volume collections, payments and balances with complete
transparency.

Cloud Trading Technologies provide best of breed online trading solutions using state of the art Cloud Technology on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Applications
available include comprehensive Online Trading solutions covering all client types and characteristics from banks to retail players, Prime Brokerage, Margin
and Risk Management together with relevant back office functionality and sophisticated pricing and decision support tools.

Luup, a second time Sibos partner with Microsoft has proven, in-depth market experience in developing, deploying and running managed mobile money services that are both innovative and banking-grade. We focus on partnerships with financially-regulated organizations, meeting all requirements of our customer segments: from retail banks and corporate banks to money transfer organizations and exchange houses.

With Opentext solutions, financial service providers can rapidly deploy content-centric business solutions that increase efficiencies, improve customer service levels, mitigate risk, accelerate product development cycles, streamline deal-related processes, and generate competitive advantage. OpenText solutions for Financial Services are based on a framework that ensures the right application and resource support for processes across the industry's entire value chain.

peterevans is a leading independent provider of front to back office solutions for the financial services sector. Clearly focused on the securities and investment market, and built upon more than 24 years’ experience of providing solutions to this sector, peterevans presents a sophisticated boutique approach in a homogenized market place. Like the best wealth management and private banking service providers, peterevans remembers that each client or prospect is unique and individual. With this new suite of applications we can help ensure that you deliver extraordinary products and services to your customers.

ProfitStars® encompasses the products and services provided by the 18 companies Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (JKHY) has acquired through its focused diversification strategy. These highly specialized products and services enable diverse businesses and financial institutions to increase revenue and growth, mitigate and control risk, and control costs.

Temenos, a multi-year Sibos partner with Microsoft is a banking software specialist, with its award winning T24 core banking platform at the heart of its solution
portfolio. Our consistently high annual investment in research and development enables us to constantly invest in new technology, functionality and in meeting
new regulatory requirements, allowing us to deliver products that are consistently 'state of the art'.

In addition to partners, several members of our leadership team will be speaking. This includes the Innotribe sessions on Big Data, Microsoft group treasury on ISO20022, and other thought leadership sessions. For more details, please see our Sibos page.

I hope the weather is better than the rain of Amsterdam or the typhoon of Hong Kong. Whatever the weather, I hope to see you there at the Microsoft stand C125.