I enjoyed meeting Michael Kelly, financial expert from Wolfram several times.
Recently on the Computational Finance Tour Europe 2011, where Michael, Andreas Binder from UnRisk and John Ashley from NVIDIA pointed out how important new technologies are that accelerate quantitative analytics and how excellent our techlogies are in interplay to do this.
It is my strong believe that our technology base will also positively influence high performance Econometrics working with immense collections of data and enormous computing muscles. With modeling and simulation, statistics, machine learning, dynamic visualization and more.
I read Michael's Blog thread Exploring America's Debt Problem and it convinced me again that Mathematica is the right technology platform to help controlling general economic systems by kind of macroscopes visualizing the dynamic of economic behavior and knowledge.