About 2,000 delegates converged on Rome for this week's EuroFinance International Cash and Treasury Management conference. In keeping with the 20th anniversary of the annual event, the keynote panel yesterday focused on what the treasury profession might look like in another 20 years, in 2030.

Colin Kerr, industry solutions director at Microsoft, observed that the treasurers of the future would not be the audience, but the audience's children, who are already using technology in a very different way than the current generation of treasurers. Interestingly, 70% of the audience felt the types of collaborative technology envisaged as the way of the future would result in less free time, not more.

For the many delegates confronted with e-mail silence as a result of the on-going BlackBerry outage, the subject of technology was particularly close to home—albeit the technology of today, rather than tomorrow. The technology of the more immediate future was another recurring theme. 

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