Banking and Financial Services Beyond Y2K? IDC’s European IT Banking Forum Highlights Strategies for the New Millennium

London, September 2, 1999 – Attendees of International Data Corporation's (IDC's) fourth annual European IT Banking Forum will learn first-hand from IDC analysts and banking industry gurus how to revamp banking and finance initiatives to maximize profits and increase prosperity in the new millennium. This two-day event, scheduled for November 29-30 in Milan, will thoroughly examine emerging market opportunities, successful partnership models, and best practice scenarios.

"With mergers and acquisitions activity on the increase, European banks have started the process of consolidation that will enable them to compete on equal terms with the American giants," said Roberto Masiero, President of IDC Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). "As the banking and financial services arena is evolving, non-banking players are entering the market, creating a more competitive environment for the traditional banks." Banking and financial institutions, and particularly their IT departments, will be required to make many changes in order to adapt to this new situation. In addition, service providers will need to offer a wider range of solutions to cope with industry demand.

Keynote Speakers Include:

— Paul Krugman, Ford International Professor of Economics, MIT

— Roberto Masiero, President, IDC EMEA

— Carlos de Otto, Partner Financial Services Europe/Latin America, Andersen Consulting

— Christian de Juniac, Senior Vice President, The Boston Consulting Group

— Gianemilio Osculati, Managing Director, McKinsey

— Carlo Salvatori, CEO, Banca Intesa

— Ignazio Rocco di Torrepadula, Vice President, The Boston Consulting Group

— Christian Lacoste, Facilities Management and Consulting Director, Cortal

— Bernard Liataud, CEO, Business Objects

— Giuliano Massa, CEO and Chairman, Banksiel

— Chris Atkinson, Senior Director, EMEA Business Solutions Group, Microsoft Europe

— Peter Robin, Vice President Consulting, EMEA Finance Sector, IBM

— Robert Madge, CEO, Madge Networks

— Bill Bougourd, Head of Electronic Communication, Royal Bank of Scotland

— Jean Claude Joly, Consulting and IT Director, Sema Group Finance

— Giovanni Allasia, Chief Financial Officer, Banca Mediocredito

— Sam Greenblatt, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Computer Associates

— Marco Landi, President EMEA and Senior Vice President, BMC Software For further information and details on how to register, please visit the conference Web site at http://www.idcresearch.it/forum/banking99. For complimentary press registration, please contact Meryl Salter, +44 181 987 7109 or msalter@idc.com.

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