Recapping Sibos 2023: Insights from Toronto

Read the personal takeaways from our five°degrees team at Sibos 2023.

Published on: October 3, 2023

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Last week, the five°degrees team attended Sibos 2023 in Toronto, Canada. Sibos 2023 is a global financial services event where top minds unite to drive thought-provoking discussions and forge collaborations that will shape the future of payments, securities, cash management, and trade. In this blog, I will share our reflections on the incredible experience we had at the event. It was a whirlwind of insights, connections, and transformative discussions, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. 

Here are some of the buzzing topics discussed:

1. ISO 20022: A game-changer for data exchange.

Sibos 2023 was alive with the potential of ISO 20022, and it undeniably took centre stage at the event. This universal language for data exchange in the financial realm triggered numerous discussions and kindled our collective passion. ISO 20022 holds the promise of diminishing errors and elevating flawless communication, laying the groundwork for unparalleled efficiency and innovation. Embracing ISO 20022 isn't merely an option; it's imperative for banks and financial institutions striving to flourish in the digital era.

2. Infrastructure: The backbone of transformation

To fully harness the potential of ISO 20022 and other innovations, having the right banking infrastructure is crucial. This theme echoed throughout Sibos 2023, resonating deeply with the solutions that five°degrees offers. 

We heard resounding calls for flexible, cloud-based systems with composable architecture and open APIs, which are precisely the building blocks of five°degrees' solutions. This alignment underscores how our offerings are at the forefront of transforming banking infrastructure to support the digital age. Connectivity remains the lifeblood that sustains the financial ecosystem, and we are ready to facilitate it. 

3. Digital Tooling: Fueling agility and insight 

Another vital aspect discussed at Sibos 2023 was the use of digital tools, which play a crucial role in modern banking. With cloud-based systems as the canvas, tools like artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming indispensable. AI not only unlocks deeper data insights but also streamlines compliance processes, saves time, and reduces errors. The message is clear: AI is here to stay, with boundless potential. Partnering with fintech SaaS providers boasting robust partner ecosystems enhances a bank's capacity to provide customers with functionality that enriches their lives and businesses. 

4. Customer Centricity: Our true north 

Amidst the technical discussions and innovation showcases at Sibos 2023, one enduring principle resonated deeply: the unwavering importance of putting the customer at the centre of everything we do. Technology serves as the conduit through which value is delivered to customers, emphasizing that it's not just about offering innovative solutions; it's about crafting experiences that resonate with and empower our customers.

This commitment to customer-centricity aligns seamlessly with five°degrees' mission. Our mission has always been to empower banks to create exceptional experiences for their customers. We recognize that technology, while transformative, should ultimately enhance and simplify the lives of the people it serves.  


In conclusion, Sibos 2023 was an inspiring event that reaffirmed our commitment at five°degrees to remain at the forefront of the financial industry. The four pillars we've highlighted—ISO 20022, infrastructure, digital tooling, and customer centricity—will continue to shape the future of banking and payments. We're excited to embark on this journey of innovation and connectivity, driving customer-focused transformation.

And, to add a personal touch, one of the highlights of Sibos 2023 for me was the Sibos 5K walk/run organized on the third day. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow attendees in a more relaxed setting while taking in the sights and sounds of Toronto. 

Don't want to miss out?

If you missed Sibos or wish to dive deeper into these discussions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to support your success in the ever-evolving world of finance and technology. 

Stay tuned for more updates and exciting developments from five°degrees as we continue to push the boundaries of what's possible in the world of banking and payments. 

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