HONG KONG, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
On the 27th to the 29th of November 2012, Asia's most senior, C-level IT executives will head to the Hong Kong Marriott Hotel for two days to attend one of the most innovative and well respected events in the financial services industry - the Next Generation Financial Services Technology Asia Pacific (FST APAC) summit. http://www.fstsummitasia.com
In today's volatile financial climate, only the most ICT-savvy corporations will thrive in increasingly 'smart' economies. While the banking sector the world over continues to struggle with the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, Asia has cause to remain optimistic. China continues its meteoric rise, climbing ever closer to the coveted status of the world's largest economy. India is booming, while Indonesia - the most recent admission to the prestigious trillion-dollar club - looks set to become Asia's newest economic powerhouse.
Rapid development represents a massive potential market for financial services technology, and Asia is a fertile but still largely untapped market for the FST industry. However, there are myriad challenges ahead. Asia is not immune to the worrying events in Europe, and government regulation and trepidation surrounding the security of information in an increasingly abstract world remain obstacles to be surmounted.
With this in mind, GDS International summits combine cutting edge topics with focused, peer-led discussions to provide the forward-thinking executive with a client-focused platform from which to assess emerging trends and strategies that are proving critical to organisational effectiveness in 2012. The summit's programme combines high-level roundtable discussions with next generation technology solutions that have been carefully selected to address core challenges faced by decision makers in the sector. Main topics to be discussed at this year's summit include IT/network security, CRM, business intelligence, virtualisation, mobility and risk management.
Delegates will be given the opportunity to network and participate in a variety of comprehensive workshops and peer-led panel discussions that cover key industry issues. In attendance will be a selection of the industry's most prominent thought leaders, who will contribute to the direction of the summit through a series of focused panel discussions.
Included within this summit's senior delegation are: David Gledhill, MD and Head of Group Technology Operations at DBS Bank; Paul McCarroll, CIO APAC at Citi; Anne Weatherston, Group CIO at Australia and New Zealand Banking; and Simon Moorfield, CIO APAC for GE Capital.
John Parkinson, SVP Enterprise PMO at Axis Capital, attended last year's event and found it to be an invaluable investment of his time. He says: "I don't recall a more effective event decision and execution in recent years. Probably the most valuable three days I have spent away from the office or customers in the past two years. Highly recommended." Whilst Ed Altonj, SVP Technology Innovation Portfolio for the Bank of America concurs, saying: "Great venue, excellent service and support. The quality of meetings exceeded my expectations. I'm looking forward to planned follow-up activities. Peer networking was perhaps the greatest benefit."
Maintaining an astute focus on the role of technology in the financial services sector, GDS International have specifically tailored this event to prepare the forward-thinking executive for any challenges that the region's rapidly evolving landscape may present. Drawing on experiences and discussing industry-specific topics, the summit will securely lay the foundations for financial success in 2012 and beyond.
Nick York, Summit Director for the event, believes that this year's event is poised to exceed all expectations and set the benchmark for future FST events in the region. He says: "We are extremely excited about the calibre of delegation this year, and our gathering is fast becoming the 'must attend' event for discerning CIOs here in Asia Pacific. The exceptional content combined with a dynamic delegation ensures the perfect environment for business leaders to network, develop exciting new ventures, and fully capitalise on this growing market."
For more information, please visit: http://www.fstsummitasia.com/
About GDS International
GDS International is one of the most innovative events and media companies worldwide - and a globally renowned producer of business-to-business summits, conferences, online information and advisory group gatherings. Founded in 1993, GDS International specialises in meeting the B2B marketing needs of our clients. Having a strong presence in mature industrial sectors but a finger on the pulse of emerging markets - as well as up-and-coming B2B business verticals - means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on the exciting developments brought about by the advent of a globalised economy. Our value proposition is simple: we deliver tangible business results from world-class events.
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SOURCE GDS International