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By now, many of you are either vacationing or anticipating your holiday break in the upcoming weeks. It’s a great time of the year when everyone deserves much-needed time off to rest and recharge for the second half of the year. Before we know it though, the beach blankets will be folded up, the sun screen put away, and September will be upon us. Which is exactly why the SAP Financial Services Forum in London was scheduled on September 9th-10th. It’s a great way to jump start the return from vacation, get up to speed on the latest developments within the industry, and hear from a collection of experts on critical topics. And the event is free for insurance and banking professionals, so let’s see what it’s all about.            

Firstly, let’s look at the venue: The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is located in London’s historic center and offers two floors for meetings and events, with a 5-star hotel rating. Now that you know you will be comfortable, let’s review the event itself. We expect over 450 delegates from more than 30 countries to attend the Forum. This gathering will include financial services professionals from both banking and insurance who will present customer case studies, roundtable discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. To further your interest, the Financial Services industry will be well represented by your peer companies like Barclays, Odeabank, RBS, Achmea, HSBC, Allianz, Munich Re, BNP Paribus, Nomura, Rabobank, Swiss Mobiliar, BB&T, Investec, Natixis, Global Asset Management and Citibank. You’ll hear from this group about how they are staying ahead of market trends and transforming their business by using innovative technologies, such as in-memory computing, omnichannel, cloud, and analytics solutions.

Finally, I want to highlight some of the thought-provoking content that will be shared with the attendees. A sampling of the agenda topics for Insurance includes: the revamping of the IT landscape with in-memory computing; transformation of the claims department, involving fraud detection and Big Data; and how telematics are impacting insurance product development today. As for Banking, the topics will include: the unprecedented changes in the banking industry, both in the development of new technology, and customer expectations; global best practices in the area of mobile, payments, crowdsourcing, social customer care and the voice of the customer; and how to provide an enterprise-wide view of “end of day” risks. But that’s not all…there’s a Capital Markets/Wealth Management track too, so please review the full agenda here.

Before you set off on your holiday, make sure to register for the SAP Financial Services Forum now; then you’ll be all set when you return from the fun and the sun. Enjoy!