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UP Turns Heads at ACI Exchange EMEA

A diverse crowd of ACI customers gathered for the ACI Exchange, EMEA Customer Conference last week in the seaside city of Barcelona. The information-packed annual event provided a full agenda of keynote speakers, customer presentations, partner and vendor meetings, workshops and product demos.

During his welcome speech on day one, Paul Thomalla, SVP & General Manager, EMEA, gave participants the introduction to ACI Universal Payments (UP) as “the next stage in our enterprise payments strategy to enable you to realize the tremendous opportunity presented by the payments relationship you have with your customers”.

ACI executives took to the stage and shared with an attentive audience the goals of the UP strategy and the abilities of the Universal Payments Platform (UPP). Dan Frate, EVP, Global Markets & Product Management talked about how market drivers like growth, security, innovation, and regulation influence the payment industry and how the UP strategy can help organizations remain competitive in a turbulent business environment. Later, Carl Gustin, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer added that “UPP is not just a vision, but a platform that is available today.” 

Over the next two days customers and industry experts shared successes and lessons learned from various projects in the spirit of information exchange and learning.  The themes of growth, security, innovation and regulation seemed to resonate and many expressed real interest in learning more about the abilities of the Universal Payments Platform. Attendees got their first look at the platform in the Solutions in Action demo area, along with other ACI products.

The final day consisted of educational workshops which took deep dives into various product areas including UPP, plus a workshop on leveraging today’s technology to support innovation. Workshops were lead by ACI product, solution consulting, architecture and application development teams.  From the positive energy and desire to learn from one another last week in Barcelona, I’d say things are looking UP for ACI and its customers.

UP Turns Heads at ACI Exchange EMEA by Michael Grillo