Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella closed out Sibos 2017 with what sounded an awful lot like a challenge.
At day three of the annual financial conference, hosted by interbank messaging service Swift, Nadella provided a footnote on what was otherwise an event focused largely on collaboration between fintech startups, but which left blockchain out of the spotlight during several key addresses.
That, however, wasn't the case as the conference closed.
Following a question posed onstage by Swift CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt about whether blockchain was all it's been cracked up to be, Nadella responded definitively.
He told the audience:
Elsewhere, Nadella's comments focused on Microsoft's blockchain announcements at Sibos, and the company's support of blockchain through its Azure cloud platform.
On a more personal note, though, he went so far as to reflect on his own time as a programmer at Microsoft, framing blockchain as the fulfillment of a long-held personal aspiration.
"Ever since at least I've been in this industry, we've always looked for a distributed database with a trust harness that allows multiple organizations to collaborate, and that performs," he said, continuing:
Satya Nadella and Gottfried Leibbrandt image courtesy of Swift
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