My top 5 moments from Finastra #Perspectives17

Late summer kicks off a flurry of financial services conferences that last through the fall. The first on my radar this year was Perspectives.

The first conference since Misys and D+H Financial merged to form Finastra – the third-largest Fintech company – banks and credit union leaders  assembled at Perspectives to hear the latest on the merger, technology evolution, and industry trends.

After an extremely busy few days, I headed off to the airport and left my first conference of the season behind while replaying the most memorable portions.

Here are my top 5 moments from Perspectives:

1. Reconnecting with industry peers

The number of years spent in the U.S. banking space equates directly to the number of hugs I receive on opening night of a conference. Times 10.

In all seriousness though, I cannot pass up the opportunity to visit in person with valued customers, peers, and industry experts from leading financial services organizations. There’s no better way to stay current than networking with industry peers.

2. Hanging with celebrity chef Todd English

Leave it to us to plan the cocktail party of the conference!

Held at the award-winning restaurant, Todd English’s bluezoo, Hyland hosted 80 of its customers for an evening away from the conference hustle. Todd’s special appearance and an exceptional lobster dish he prepared exclusively for the party spoiled attendees and left folks buzzing about the event for days.

3. Talking tech trends

Digital transformation, analytics, lending automation, and the elimination of data silos across the financial institution were all hot topics during the conference. It’s clear, financial institutions are exploring more efficient ways to integrate their existing software systems.

Integration gives your systems the ability to share information and reduce the mounting pressures on IT staff. The right solution will help financial institutions do more with less by connecting important systems while giving employees a single place to store and manage information.

4. Scoping out the swag

Baseballs, fidget spinners, water bottles, and even bunny slippers (yes, slippers!) were the hit of the Partner Expo. For 25 years, we’ve taken pride in our booths. And this time was no different.

In fact, I may have even seen the bunny slippers on the feet of some patrons on Disney’s BoardWalk one evening!

5. Hearing Robert Herjavec’s insights

Investor, entrepreneur, and lead Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec, delivered the keynote and he did not disappoint. Entertaining and informative, Herjavec shared his wisdom on the best ways to market and sell your products.

What else did I walk away from the conference with? The desire to go back again next year!

Until then, I’m off to the next great financial services conference, CommunityLIVE.

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Michelle Harbinak Shapiro

Michelle Harbinak Shapiro

Michelle Shapiro brings more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services marketing portfolio manager at Hyland. Her mission is to share best... read more about: Michelle Harbinak Shapiro

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