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 developed, allowing banks to cost effectively move SWIFT messaging away from the mainframe for simplified XML messaging at much lower cost. Since then, Microsoft's presence has expanded year after year to highlight the depth and breadth of our platform - and to showcase solutions of many of our financial services technology partners.

This year our worldwide financial services leadership team will be on hand to discuss how our banking customers are achieving operational efficiency with core banking and payments solutions, deriving actionable intelligence from BI big data and analytics, driving more connected customer insights with our CRM solution, and delivering innovative solutions for today’s mobile employee and customer. 

We will again be hosting several of our key solution partners on our stand. Here's a brief profile of each of them.

BIAN - the Banking Industry Architecture Network is a global, member driven, not-for-profit association with the mission defining a common yet exceedingly flexible SOA framework for the banking industry. BIAN's goal is to define semantic SOA  definitions for the banking industry.

Experian Payments is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 80 countries. Experian's portfolio extends to solutions that help organisations process payments efficiently and effectively.

Numerix is the leading independent analytics provider for derivatives and structured products, enabling the structuring, pre-trade pricing, valuation and management of even the most complex deals.

Temenos is the market leading provider of banking software systems to retail, corporate, universal, private, Islamic, microfinance and community banks, wealth managers, and financial institutions. Temenos is proven in over 1,500 customer deployments in more than 125 countries across the world.

Email us if you would like to schedule a meeting with Microsoft financial services leadership team - or contact any of our stand partners directly if you would like to meet them. Come and see us all at Stand 1D03, just adjacent to the main SWIFT stand.

I'll cover the Sibos presence and offerings of these partners in more detail during the next few weeks as we count down to Sibos. Check in regularly for interviews with of our partners in this blog, information on our speaking sessions, and the innovative solutions being demonstrated on our stand. I look forward to seeing you there!