Apple mobile devices were everywhere at EuroFinance in Geneva last week
He was in Geneva last week for EuroFinance 2010, the 19th annual international cash and treasury management conference. It was a gathering of treasurers, bankers and, CFOs (“people who roll with big, big, big money”) where, he reports, iPads were being given away as door prizes and “iPhones were everywhere, sometimes a BlackBerry in one hand, an iPhone in another.”
Among the signs he spotted that Apple has gained a growing foothold in this all-important market (and I quote):
- Bloomberg is producing an iPad app for subscribers to its world-class financial information service.
- BNP Paribas this week announced that its NeoLink client portal is now available on iPad.
- Every other bank seems to compelled to produce non-consumer iPhone apps for their corporate clients.
Why all the activity?
Screen size is part of it. So is connectivity, as well as the evolution of the iwallet as RFID-based devices become payment systems. But the main driver is the App Store.
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