DR: What did you think of this year’s event?
MR: In a word, “huuuge.” This show has become a can’t-miss on the annual events calendar. From the session tracks to the hallway meetings and late-night run-ins. We’ve been coming since the Aria days and this year didn’t disappoint on any front.
DR: What were some of the highlights?
MR: AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Big Data! And they were dominant. PSD2 continued to sizzle, not unlike like the Zelle bacon… and GDPR is looming like a tsunami on the horizon!
DR: Indeed, in just about every discussion we had with US-based press, the GDPR topic was front and center…“looms like a tsunami” might be an understatement. But looking ahead, what’s the buzz for next year?
MR: Borrowing a line from my friend and esteemed colleague, Sweet Lu Z: next year will be all about I or me! The ownership of my data and the ramifications of that will be ripping through our ecosystem next year.
DR: Now that sounds like a great topic for a post… I love foreshadow.