From the Financial Insights report: "BAI RDS: R.I.P.?"
RDS has been in decline since the shows of 1999 and 2000. Institution attendance continues to spiral downward. Participants are by and large not technology decision makers. There are no 'hot' technologies to spike interest. In short, "No buzz-No bodies". Competing with RDS (and winning) are vendor client conferences that attract senior executives and have recently shown signs of becoming collaborative efforts of non-competitive, partner vendors.
- Christine Pratt, Financial Insights
However this business shakes out, I, for one, would miss the bazaar-like industry conference, which levels the metaphorical playing field for anyone with enough money left in the business plan to pay for a booth and a business card. At the same time, the decline of the bazaar happens to make Bank Systems & Technology that much more important as an intermediary between technology providers and industry decision-makers. So I'm not complaining all that loudly.